My Teacher HERO

In honor of celebrating Teachers are Heroes with the TpT Sale I am also linking up with some great people to talk about some of my teacher heroes.  Thanks to Lucky Frogs Lilypad for hosting!

I have so many teacher heroes!  My heroes range from the teachers I've taught alongside in the trenches over the past 13 years as well as the teachers who have taught me along the way.  Thanks to Facebook I am able to keep up with many of them, though some from my childhood remain out of touch.  However, one teacher stands out amongst all of them.  This teacher wasn't a grade school teacher, but rather a college professor (a group we often forget I think at times).

Dr. Roland

Dr. Roland was an amazing teacher.  I was blessed to have Dr. Roland for more four or five classes in college at a tiny little baptist school in central Texas.  I had heard that he was tough and sarcastic to boot.  I went into his class with the flippant attitude of a freshman expecting that this class was just another obstacle to get me to where I wanted to go. wasn't.  Dr. Roland quickly saw through what I was doing and he challenged me.  This time the challenge was different from my past experiences.  I was challenged not to be the same as everyone else, but to be better.  He pushed me to be a better me and to find my strengths.

Dr. Roland also taught me that you don't have to follow the crowd in teaching.  I was taught great techniques that involved thinking outside the box and being different in my instruction.  I was also taught that you have to listen to your students' needs and make sure they are met.  We went beyond the curriculum in our classes with Dr. Roland.  I still remember the day we pulled out markers and were instructed to take of our socks and shoes and put the marker between our what the heck?  (I still remember thinking, ummm I'll pass).  As we did this activity, and not well I might add, we learned a valuable lesson.  Dr. Roland had us put down the markers and discuss what we felt and how it happened. He then explained that this is how small children feel when writing at first.  He used it to explain fine motor skills to us within the realm of child development.  This is just one of the many, many lessons I taught from him.

Beyond the classroom, one thing I loved about Dr. Roland was his life outside of school.  He contributed in the community, was involved in church, and he pursues other interests that were so fun and different!  He truly taught me I could be all I wanted to be.

The biggest lesson this man taught me came in a conversation we had my freshmen year.  I had been up to something...not sure what.  Dr. Roland looked me in the eyes and said, "You can be like the people around you, or you can be what you were meant to be."  Those words have stuck with me.  I have had many great people in my life, parents included, who attempted to realize my capabilities.  It was in the months after that where I found what Dr. Roland meant.  If it had not been for this one professor who was willing to push me, I would not have graduated from my program early.  I would not have gotten my Masters degree if it weren't for him and I would most certainly not be finishing a PhD without having had a teacher like him in college.

Teacher's truly make the difference in a child's or young adult's life.  Teachers have the power to make or break dreams and to ignite a fire within that burns far beyond the days and months they spend teaching.  Thank you for all of you who are heroes in some child's life!  You truly are amazing!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I can only imagine the looks he must have gotten when he asked you to take off your shoes and socks! But what a powerful lesson :) Thanks for linking up!