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How My Teachers Changed My Life

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Denise has been studying and teaching art and painting for 40 years. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her art and design.

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Photo of me between two friends at the age of 11.
Photo of me between two friends at the age of 11. | Source

Teachers change and influence the lives of countless children everywhere.

My name is Denise McGill and I am an artist and illustrator. I work on childrens magazines and childrens books, along with other illustration venues. I love art. I've loved it ever since I began pursuing it in earnest. I am an artist today because of my eighth grade English teacher. This is some of my story. But more than that, it is the story of great educators. The best educators don't just tell or explain, but they encourage and inspire. Teachers hold the future in their hands, for good or for ill, what they say and how they act sets the tone for the future lives of countless children. It is a sacred trust.

The names of the teachers I mention below have been changed to save embarrassment and promote confidentiality.

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The first grade, the beginning of it all.

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Give me back my doll.... Little sisters! Humph.
Give me back my doll.... Little sisters! Humph. | Source
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Primary Education

Where I first entered the school system in rural Indiana, there were no kindergarten classes. So my Mom spent time with me teaching me the alphabet and number systems, plus she taught me to write my name along with a few words. I felt very confident entering the first grade. The big problem was that our little rural school had combined the first and second grade into one classroom. So I could hear not only the assignments for the first graders (me) but also the assignments for second graders. My teacher assumed that we first graders knew very little and spent a lot of time, too much time in my estimation, just covering the alphabet, which I already knew. So after filling my paper with A’s and B’s, I felt like I could do the assignment I just heard her giving to the second graders. Now my big error was to go to the front of the room and interrupt the teacher with the question, “I finished this can I do what you gave the second graders?” It may have gone better for me if I had just tried to do it and see where I got. Instead she raised her voice and ordered me back to my seat.

The education I got that day was not to try to excel and not to interrupt the teacher.

The 5th grade, pivotal time.

5th grade photo of me.
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5th Grade

By the time I reached the 5th grade, I had learned many things, like not to speak unless spoken to, not to raise my hand (even if I knew the answer) or I may be called upon to speak aloud. I was a very shy child and became more shy with each passing year. In this particular year, my teacher (lets call her Mrs. Jackson) had assigned for the class to study and write our own poetry. We each, in turn, had to read our poems aloud (a dreadful experience for me). Mrs. Jackson was very pleased with the outcome of the assignment and decided that it would be a great idea if we made a book of poetry and printed them so that each student could take home a copy. She divided the classroom up into sections. One section was running the mimeo machines (I know I'm dating myself there) and compiling and stapling; one section with the best handwriting was neatly printing the poems; one section of "artists" was making illustrations to accompany the poetry. When I had finished neatly printing the poems given to me, I looked over at the artist's section. They were laughing and seemed to be having fun. So I quietly got up and ambled over to look over their shoulders and see what they were doing. That's when Mrs. Jackson found me, apparently wandering aimlessly about the room, and she raised her voice loud enough for everyone to hear her order me back to my seat. She told me to "leave the art to the artists!" I was humiliated and embarrassed. Red-faced and with my head down, I rushed back to my seat. She had to know something I didn't know. She must know that I was not an artist. She's a teacher, right? So I took it as a sign that I would not go into that field as a career.

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Middle School P.E. is a nightmare.

By Middle School, I didn't know what I would be, but I did have a few classes that were favorites. I loved science and English. In the years before there was a gymnasium built at the Middle School out in my rural home, we used a mobile home that had been parked at the end of the playground, for showers after P.E. The mobile home had a wall installed to keep the boy's side and the girl's side separate (but we girls could always hear them over there). It was a little cramped but we made it work. One day, one of the mean girls brought a camera into the showers. She made quite a stir, as everyone was grabbing towels and covering up. She thought she was so funny. Then she noticed me. I was quietly doing my best to ignore her, when she grabbed my skimpy little towel away from me. The only thing I could think of to do as she snapped pictures was to turn my back to her. She pointed and yelled, "Look! She has a dimple in her butt!" Sure enough, I have a dimple in my cheek. So what. Everyone laughed and she snapped several pictures. She said it was priceless and the pictures would be in the yearbook.

Now I have to ask, where were the teachers when you needed one? I spent the whole year in agony, expecting that my behind would be featured in the yearbook. Later I found out that there was no film in the camera, but still it was agony. If I had been a little less self-assured, I may have been one more of the statistical girls who killed herself over teenage depression. Or I could have gotten a gun and shot up the place. But I didn't. I quietly waited for the yearbook to come out and quickly scanned the pages praying that my caboose would not be there. It wasn't.

Cat-eye glasses.. the worst!
Cat-eye glasses.. the worst! | Source

A love of literature

It was my 8th grade English teacher (lets call her Mrs. Bunting) that made the biggest impact on my life. The first day of class, this little thin lady entered the room and started a thirty-minute lecture on how we were all young adults and she insisted we conduct ourselves in that manner. She explained her grading system, her expectations and requirements. Then she reached into a drawer and pulled out a book, sat down and began reading to us. I remember thinking, “whaaaat”. She just said we were young adults and she’s reading to us like we were kids. Did she know my mom stopped reading to me when I was 7? But the book she chose was interesting, and I began to love the reading times. I wasn’t the only one. Everyone seemed to hate to have her reach for the bookmark, which meant she was stopping. It was that reading time that instilled a love for literature that is still with me today. As a matter of fact, remembering Mrs. Bunting, I read to my children all the way through high school. It didn’t matter that they could read themselves. It was more about the time together and the way it made books come to life to hear them out loud. My children still talk about our reading times together.

I had a bit of a vision problem that made reading a chore for me so without the year Mrs. Bunting read to us I may not have fallen in love with books. But that’s not the only thing she gave me.

The Bird-Mobile

I loved seeing Mrs. Bunting drive by my home on the way to the school. My sisters and I called her little blue Honda car the "bird mobile" partly because it was so small and she was so small. Also, we had never seen one before. Those were the days of the big luxury and mid-size cars as the norm. Hers was the first Honda we had ever laid eyes on.

Painting time

Group drawing.  What's wrong with this picture?
Group drawing. What's wrong with this picture? | Source
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At the end of each week, Mrs. Bunting would have us put away our English books and pull out watercolor paper and paint. Mrs. Bunting probably purchased the paper and paint herself, as the poor rural school probably did not have an art budget. It was my favorite time; Friday afternoon, time to paint. Painting was a special time for me; I could be myself there, in the “art zone” where beautiful things and colors reside. In that place there is only peace and sparkling beauty. A wonderful place. Mrs. Bunting gave no instruction, no art rules or directions. We just painted whatever we wanted.

Each week a few of the best pieces were displayed on the bulletin board. Naturally there wasn’t room for 34 pieces, so some got up and some did not. Everyone had a piece displayed at least once during the year. The fact that my pieces were displayed a couple of times during the year didn’t really excite me much. She was being nice and diplomatic, right? She’s a teacher. That’s what they do. After all, didn’t Mrs. Jackson already say I wasn’t an artist?

Drawing done by me with several "Find what doesn't belong" elements.

No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.

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Middle school graduation

When graduation came, Mrs. Bunting pulled my mother to one side and told her that I should be sure to take some art classes in high school, because I had real talent. When my mother told me what she had said, I was floored. Mrs. Bunting only told ME that I had really poor spelling skills. It was because of her that I did take art in high school and have been in love with it ever since.

There is this pedestal in my heart with her mounted on top. She has my undying gratitude. She helped shape my future and my career. Her encouragement counteracted the sentence that had been pronounced on me years earlier. I am an artist because of her. Now I feel very badly for having called her “bird-legs Bunting.”

My hero

Self-portrait using stippling.
Self-portrait using stippling. | Source

There is this pedestal in my heart with her mounted on top. She has my undying gratitude. She helped shape my future and my career. Her encouragement counteracted the sentence that had been pronounced on me years earlier. I am an artist because of her. Now I feel very badly for having called her “bird-legs Bunting.” Photo is my self-portrait done at the age of 18 in stippling, or in layman's terms, dots.

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

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I'd love to hear about your teacher/student experiences.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 years ago from Fresno CA

      RachaelLefler,

      How awesome, Rachael! That is a wonderful thing for you to do. Kids need all the creativity they can get, especially now when so few schools want to spend money on the arts. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Rachael Lefler 

      2 years ago from Illinois

      I'm an artist, I want to be an art teacher so I can give back to new students the inspiration and encouragement my teachers gave to me.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Thank you so much, Audrey. I enjoyed writing this one. Sort of a self reflective piece.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Paintdrips - What a great story. I also had a wonderful teacher whom I shall never forget. Teachers are the backbone of our learning. I love your experiences. and the pics. Blessings. Audrey

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      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      A truly great teacher is a blessing for a lifetime! Thanks for sharing.

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      AshimaTan 

      3 years ago

      The portrait is simply wow!

      I feel blessed to have the best teacher in the world, since grade 8 she has been my guiding light. She has always encouraged me to take up new challenges and stood by me all the time...

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Ruthi: Oh, Ruthi, thanks so much. I agree. I means a lot that one teacher's opinion changed the way I viewed my future.

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      How wonderful that a teacher turned that negativity around for you. Your self portrait is mesmerizing!

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Lynn Klobuchar: I agree. There is something great about the imagination and the sound of the human voice. Love it.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      Some of most treasured memories I have are being read to by many of my teachers. I find my students love to be read to as well -- read to, not watching a movie.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @corinnephillips1: That is so awesome. I'm truly happy for you. So many say they didn't have inspirational teachers. Thanks for liking my lens.

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      corinnephillips1 

      4 years ago

      My year 8 teacher was my best most influential teacher and its because of him Im a poet.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @KathyZ1: Thank you. This was my first LOTD. I'm hoping for many more. A thrilling experience!

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      kepezzo 

      5 years ago

      My teacher in seventh grade mesmerized me with chemistry. I studied in chemistry for 10 yrs and now I am 37 and still love it.Nice lense, brings back memories.

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      KathyZ1 

      5 years ago

      I love my 1st grade teacher. She was very strict with me. Congs on LOTD.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @kepezzo: Thanks.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @tcaldy: That is so amazing. I'm so glad for you. It takes a special person to be a real teacher, you know, one that shows instead of tells. Sounds like you got one.

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      tcaldy 

      5 years ago

      It wasn't until high school that I had math teachers that helped me understand the subject. Until then I thought I was really dumb in math. Later on I went on to help struggling learners and many of them in...guess what...math.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @pcblogger lm: Wow, I'm so sorry to hear that. I did really luck-out to have one teacher who noticed me and made the comment to my mom that I had talent. Otherwise I never would have known a thing about it. Not all teachers are senseless self-absorbed people though. I believe they are overworked, overcrowded, and loose track sometimes, of why they became teachers after all. It isn't for the paycheck, believe me. At some time, most of them thought they would make a difference in some young person's life. Why else would anyone put themselves through all that?

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      pcblogger lm 

      5 years ago

      This is a great lens.. I can relate my school days with yours.. unfortunately I never had a great teacher to bring out the talents in me.. I still consider my teachers as senseless people who did not have the slightest idea of how they can completely ruin the confidence of a student with their mindless remarks and pathetic attitudes..

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @bobnolley lm: Thank you.

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      bobnolley lm 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD. This is quite a beautiful inspiration for all.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @samsmom7: Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @HealthBug LM: Thank you.

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      samsmom7 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story Denise. I had some good teachers but my parents were the best.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @analeya: Yes. I love books too. Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @NC Shepherd: oh no. So sorry about that. I understand the feeling completely. I feel I have been on "Hold" for years myself. Thanks for liking my lens.

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      NC Shepherd 

      5 years ago

      You are wonderfully talented and encouraging. My parents also discouraged me from doing what I dreamed of, because there was no money in it. As an adult I went ahead and took classes and learned it is possible to make a living at it...but it was too late; I would have had to uproot my young daughter at a vulnerable time in order to pursue it. Sometimes I feel that my life since then has been a compromise.Congrats on LOTD!

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      analeya 

      5 years ago

      congratulations for a very unique subject and yes I have it a lot of good teachers in my life, we all have almost one, but the best teacher for me was the books.

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      HealthBug LM 

      5 years ago

      Teachers play an important part in our society whether they acknowledge this or not, I too have been positively influenced by my teachers, who were really enlightened, understood human psychology and were truly a "guru" (remover of darkness). Thanks for this lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @katiecolette: I agree. Thank you.

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      katiecolette 

      5 years ago

      You are so lucky to be doing what you love :) Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @anonymous: thanks.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I had a great history teacher in high school, very glad I actually listened to him. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @IreneL11: So true. Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @KentuckyGal LM: That is so awesome. Isn't interesting how we remember their names so well, when they have impacted us in that way? Thank you for liking my lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @ChocolateLily: Thank you for liking my lens.

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      ChocolateLily 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on LotD! Great lens on art and teachers! My husband is a teacher, and his students always love him.

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      KentuckyGal LM 

      5 years ago

      In 5th grade, in Johnson Heights Elementary School in Cumberland, MD, I had Miss Martha Shaner as my teacher. She was one of the most beloved teachers in the school. During the middle of the year, my family moved from MD to UT. Miss Shaner had my classmates write me stories about the adventures I would have in the "Wild West". I still have those somewhere.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day award :DGreat lens!

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      IreneL11 

      5 years ago

      My teacher = kindness, tenderness, support, encouragement. Great work.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @David Stone1: Awesome. I'm very glad for you. Thanks for the comments.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Tom Maybrier: Awesome. I homeschooled my children.. but they had some awesome teachers in college as well. (I wish my Mom had homeschooled me, but it wasn't too common back then, sigh, oh well) Thanks for your comments.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @SBPI Inc: Thank you. I agree. It will take prayer and faith, I think, to change things. But the Good Book says things will get bad in the end. And there you are.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @delia-delia: I agree. He created us in His Image, which to me means that we have that same creative spark that drove Him to create us. Of course, precious few of us have created a planet... or anything more significant than a B.B. but that spark keeps us trying. Or at least that is my take on it. And I'm sure of His purpose for your life. That's the problem with art. Lots of us can do it, but precious few can TEACH it.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @philipcaddick: Wow, I'm so sorry you didn't have at least one inspirational, exceptional teacher. And did this experience change you so that you want to be better than your teachers were, or did it keep you from ever wanting to be near children, or what? I'd love to hear your story.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much. I was hoping that my locker room story would help people. I see way too many girls in the headlines having committed suicide over cruel pranks like that. I feel their pain. There must be something more we can do to help. I just don't know what.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I know that we do not make it through this world without help, and that teachers can be an anchor in stormy seas. Your story of the dreaded yearbook picture just reminded me of how vulnerable we all are, and how a little kindness can mean so much. Bookmarked to several sites so that more people can read this. Thanks for touching us with your story, congrats on front page honors and the LOTD.

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      philipcaddick 

      5 years ago

      I hated school, I ha some of the most sadistic teachers I could ever have had, I was regularly beaten at high school, just for failing history tests and not doing well, also because I did not like playing rugby. I was happy to leave school and join the army.

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on a great LOTD! Sadly I did not have a teacher that impacted me in my youth. My art teacher was very negative towards me. I could hardly stand my class, but art was the gift God gave me and I learned years later, that for me it was to be used to Glorify Him. I would have loved to have had a teacher like you, but I guess all is for a purpose...

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day award!

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      SBPI Inc 

      5 years ago

      I was fortunate to have 3 teachers who were absolutely and fantastically exceptional. Such positive, kind and caring people helped me to learn about life's opportunities which were and remain far ahead of the required book learning or government indoctrination required today. Yes and God was in the schools ad well as the full pledge of allegiance. Why on Gods earth would those ever be removed from our school systems curriculum.? Unfathomable, unthinkable and disgusting.You have created a beautiful lens.

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      I had numerous great teachers and what I learned from them has stayed with me, enhancing everything I've done.

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      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      This is a really cool lens. I was actually home schooled but I did have one teacher during a semester at a public high school. He encouraged me to write and I am glad he did - it paid off!

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Old Navy Guy: Thank you. I appreciate all the kind words.

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      Old Navy Guy 

      5 years ago

      I always enjoy reading a story of a teacher who influenced someone along the way. Many of us including myself had just such a teacher, and I consider my self lucky to have had this teacher in my young life at that exact moment in time. Thanks for a fun read today, for being awarded the Purple Star award and of course, for being selected "Lens of the Day." Both, well deserved.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @aesta1: Thank you. I try to keep encouraging everywhere I go.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Diana Wenzel: So true. Thank you. You said it so eloquently, what more can be said?

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @favored: Thank you so much. Keep teaching. We need great influences out there encouraging the next generation to do great things. Thank you for liking my lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @mina009: Thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @girlfriendfactory: So true, so true. I think my daughters taught me a lot too. Good philosophy for life.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Erin Mellor: Do we ever get tired of those? Isn't that why we adults still pick up a Highlights magazine in the doctor's waiting room? It isn't for the articles! haha.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Colin323: Koodos.. I think that's great. And your writing now proves it. The smallest thing can be such a big boost. That's why I like to be the encourager. Who knows how far reaching one kind word can be?

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Susan Zutautas: Me too. She really does hold this lofty spot in my mind and heart.. each time I pick up my paintbrush... I think of her.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @DawnRae64: Thank you so much.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much! It's my first. I hope not my last.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @floppypoppygift1: Awww... now I'm embarrassed. thank you.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @getz-jrs: Thanks.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @FaaastCash: It is funny how school and our teachers leave an indelible mark on our lives. Thank you for liking my lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Dressage Husband: Wow, I'm sure you can get work in those fields, unlike the arts where there are 11 to 12 artists for every legitimate art job (mostly illustration I'm speaking of... other branches of the arts may be different). Thanks for liking my lens.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @anonymous: I hear ya. I'm so grateful to my Mom for not slacking up on the summer penmanship drills. Although these days, who bothers with penmanship?

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you. I didn't even know I got LotD until reading this. Nice surprise!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I enjoyed reading this so much. Congratulations on LotD!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My parents and my elder sister is my best teachers and I always thankful to them.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Hmm! It is crazy what a great influence people can have on us as kids. I was lucky with teachers who mainly recognised the fact that I has skills that I rarely utilised. The problem I had being an all rounder was that some wanted me to do Arts and some Science. I ended up studying Science as my best skill was Mathematics, but I really wanted to study History and English too. I ended up doing Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I still regret that choice, but it did lead me into doing a degree in Pure Maths, Statistics and Computer Science.

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      FaaastCash 

      5 years ago

      Your childhood story evoked some of my good and sweet memories of childhood. I, being an obedient child was always liked by my teachers and I never forget few good memories of past. Thank you for reminding me my days.......

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      getz-jrs 

      5 years ago

      You are awesome and inspiring...

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      floppypoppygift1 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful & encouraging. Great, relatable lessons for all of us at any age! Did I mention the great artwork, too? Nice job! Cheers~cb

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to congratulate you on the well-deserved Lens of the Day recognition!

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      Dawn 

      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Nice lens. Love your artwork.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your lens very much, and Congratulations on your lens being chosen as LOTD! There are so many great teachers out there and I'm happy that you had Mrs. Bunting.

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      Colin323 

      5 years ago

      I had an English teacher who let me edit the school magazine in my final year at secondary school. This gave me a taste for writing and editing that proved invaluable . And the fact he trusted me to do the job was the biggest boost of all.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I had a little more fun playing "Find what doesn't belong" than is entirely appropriate at my age. That's a great picture.

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      girlfriendfactory 

      5 years ago

      I've had several great teachers...one was in AP English, one was in Psychology, one was in Speech, one was in Chemistry, one in college Humanities, one in college Economics, one in college History and my all time favorite is my SON! He teaches me things every day! I try to discard any poor ones I've encountered because we don't all mesh with everyone. :-)

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      mina009 

      5 years ago

      Lovely story, beautiful drawings!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Your story is much like other children with good and bad influences. Although I became a teacher because of a negative influence, I had more positive feed back I'm pleased to say. I'm so glad you kept drawing. Your work is outstanding and lovely. I'd be honored to have you as an illustrator. Congratulations on LotD and your purple star.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      As a lifelong learner and educator, so much of what you have shared here has resonated deeply with me. My loving, affirming teachers have always been my heroes. Of course, I have a few painful memories, too, of times when teachers did not come to my aid or said something that wounded my young psyche. Teachers hold such power in their hands. I have always wanted to be, and worked hard to be, the type of teacher who is recalled as the one who most nurtured the tender hearts and dreams of the ones entrusted to my care and my guidance. I'm thankful you found your voice and your avenues for using your gifts to inspire others. What could be more important?

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      Daiven 

      5 years ago

      It seems all children are full of life, not too much school assignment, they do not need spend most of their time to do it, their creativeness and imagination is well developed

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love reading your story. I had several Mrs. Bunting in my life, too but I admire your sharing your art to your community. It is very uplifting when people do something good for others.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @LoriBeninger: Thank you. I love art. It was something very deep in me that would have come out one way or another, I'm sure.

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      LoriBeninger 

      5 years ago

      Love your drawing with the misplaced elements and your 18-year-old self...I'm glad you stuck with it despite some obvious discouragement.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much. I'm hoping that my lens will encourage and challenge teachers. Plus, it is very real today that some girls are being bullied beyond endurance. Today they don't just bring and empty camera into the shower, the mean girls bring iPhones and then share. Mean!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a precious, precious lens. I was very shy, too, and I'm sure I had similar experiences in school, most of which I've put out of my memory. Thank you for sharing. You are a true artist in more ways than one!

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