The Teacher Who Would Give Her Students Her Right Arm
Great teachers are the real American heroes for our youth, not reality TV stars or baseball sluggers. And real examples of these heroes abound in our elementary and high schools and in our colleges. Heroes like an unassuming woman named Jane Smith.
As a breed, great teachers are an extremely generous lot. They provide their students with everything from pencils to lunch money, from Christmas toys they wouldn’t get to winter coats they didn’t have. Did you know that last year the average teacher spent $468 of their own hard-earned money to provide their students with necessities and supplies? Great teachers want their students to have what they need, even if it hurts.
Perhaps there is no better example of this unselfish generosity than Jane Smith, a middle school science teacher from North Carolina. Smith taught things like health, life science and physical science to hormone-driven pre-teens, a pretty tough order. If you don’t know that, you haven’t been in a middle school lately. But this challenge didn’t faze Mrs. Smith.
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Hero of Columbine
Great teachers are the real American heroes for our young people, not race car drivers or football players. And real examples of these heroes abound in our elementary and high schools and in our colleges. Heroes like a hard-working, caring man named Dave Sanders.
Dave grew up in rural Illinois and Indiana and went to a small college in Nebraska. A real hick, you might say. In 1974, he moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains and accepted a position teaching and coaching in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. He taught business courses for 25 years, courses like accounting, business law and keyboarding and his electives were so popular they were usually full, about 150 kids a year. Also, he coached girls’ and boys’ athletics like basketball and softball.
Okay, just hold the yawns and listen to a few comments from his students. “Mr. Sanders knew how to motivate you,” said Susanne Miller, a former student of Sanders. “He always knew just the right things to say.” Another of his students summed it up this way.
“Mr. Sanders believed in me when I didn’t believe in me.”