“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams
This week, schools, parents and students across the country are celebrating educators as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Konnect Agency’s client The Goddard School has even created a “Teacher of the Year” campaign which is now in its twelfth year and honors six remarkable early childhood educators for their efforts in the classroom and within the community. No matter who you are or where you live, chances are that you have been positively impacted by the work of a teacher.
I have been fortunate to know many great teachers. In seventh grade, it was Mr. Woods, a sarcastic, straight-forward man who made sure to let us know that we had to work hard for what we wanted because “the only place we will find sympathy is in the dictionary.” Junior year of high school, it was Mr. Grey, my history teacher and debate moderator who encouraged the sharing of ideas and the healthy discussion of opposing points of view. In college, it was Professor Jennifer Floto, who guided us through the world of PR and the responsibility that came with putting messages into public spaces (something that is more relevant now than ever).
As I finished school, my teachers changed. Konnect Agency’s CEO Sabina Gault has been one of my most prominent teachers, and I continue to learn from her at our Los Angeles Public Relations agency every day. My husband, a middle school special education instructor, is also a constant source of knowledge and wisdom. As a lifelong student, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by such passionate, caring and intelligent teachers of all kinds and sorts.
With all of this in mind, and in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, our public relations agency wanted to share memories of some of our favorite teachers. While there may only be one week dedicated to your work, you are everyday heroes, and we thank you.
In theater classes you receive “notes” after your performances that are essentially critiques of what you can improve upon. My college professor, Dr. Brian Russo was notorious for prefacing all notes with “take the note.” This basically meant, take and listen to the feedback without excuses. This motto of “take the note” has been something that has stuck with me long after college as a way to digest and accept critique without excuses, whining, or arguments. – Rebecca Campbell
Robert Winsor opened my eyes to the world of marketing! His courses were packed with examples of marketing plans (the good, the bad & the ugly) and lessons about marketing theory, business ethics and competitive strategy. He was definitely one of my biggest influences in seeking out a career in this field. – Kim Le
Mr. Peeters was my AP Calculus teacher during my senior year of high school. Like all of our teachers, he gave us some inspirational words as we moved on to the next chapter in our lives. He also told us about his unforgettable trip to South Africa that forever changed his life. It’s a story I will never forget. His story reminded us that while times may get tough along the road, life is short and we should always enjoy every moment and live life without regrets. Not something I thought I’d ever learn from my math teacher, but it is something that has always stuck with me even years after graduating. – Jill Wong