I had two very important teachers in my life - the first was my first grade teacher. Since I did not go to kindergarten, she was my first experience with a teacher. I was very shy and she took the time to help me feel comfortable in my class. She was awesome.
My fifth grade teacher encouraged me to become a teacher when I was in his class. He is the reason I teach the way I do. He made learning fun and exciting. He taught me a love of poetry by having us draw a picture of our feet and write a poem about our feet. He also did other fun things to help us learn the different types of poetry. He also always had my back. Since I was still very shy, he made sure I always had someone to work with and gave me tasks during recess that made me interact with other children. Later in life he became the principal at my daughters' school, so I had the chance to tell him what an influence he was in my life.