TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED WHO I AM

Inspired by @kaitmaree
  1. Ms. Zena
    She was one of my preschool teachers. She was incredible and so kind and taught me how to wash my hands and sing but also how to be nice to other people. I went to a Montessori preschool and a lot of the teachers were either from a different country or spoke another language. She was from Sri Lanka.
  2. Michael
    He was another one of my preschool teachers. He spoke French and played guitar and was an amazing man. My sister and I were "dirt girls" in his wedding. He and his wife planted a tree in their yard on their wedding day so my sister and I carried dirt. He passed away a few years ago and the world lost an incredible man.
  3. Ty and Mario
    They were my gym teachers in elementary school. I am by no means an athletic person and am not physically fit anymore, but they made sure that we had fun in gym class and learned to have fun being active. I was obsessed with doing the bridge when I was in elementary school and they were perfectly ok with timing me to see how long I could do that... I was weird. Basically, they provided fun during the day and it's important to have fun!!
  4. Bridget
    She was my third grade teacher. The school I went to was in a very poor part of the city and 99% of students were on free/reduced lunch. But the school taught French as well as Ojibwe and Lakota/Dakota so my parents sent my sister and I there. In my 3rd grade class, the students were at such wide learning levels and Bridget did an amazing job to make sure that every student learned and was challenged. We still exchange Christmas cards. She is now a principal.
  5. Ms. Swanson
    Oh my goodness. Words cannot describe the role Ms. Swanson played in my life. She was my science teacher and 7th and 8th grade. I had horrible depression in middle school and had to leave class pretty constantly to call my mom so she could calm me down. Ms. Swanson always let me come to her room and use her class phone and go into a big closet at the back of the room so I could talk to my mom. I ate lunch in her room sometimes and she was (still is!) just an amazing person.
  6. Mr. Rumppe
    Mr. Rumppe taught me that it is okay to quit. In high school, I tried to take the advanced math class with him and I just couldn't do it. I felt like such a failure and felt dumb and he made sure I knew that it was ok if I stayed and worked really hard but it would be ok if I went to the easier math. Turns out, I learned everything I needed to know because I'm able to make budgets for grants and also remember to think of the hypotenuse when walking places. Diagonal is shortest!
  7. Mark Bjork
    Ok so he wasn't a teacher in school but he was my violin teacher my junior and senior year of high school. He pushed me really hard and prepared me for college auditions. He made me realize that I was better than I thought I was. He let me pick challenging pieces and helped me grow musically. He is an incredible violin teacher and he teaches pedagogy to future violin teachers at the University of MN.
  8. Alan
    Alan was my advisor/mentor in college and one of my professors. He was in charge of my program at school (Performing Arts Management) and helped keep me sane throughout college. I was constantly changing my mind about what I wanted to do career wise and which classes I wanted to take and he always took the time to meet with me and help me map out how I could pursue my dreams. He is an incredible educator and an amazing mentor.
  9. Katie
    Katie is my favorite professor from grad school. I was in the very first class she ever taught once she was a full time real deal professor, fresh out of her PhD program. She was the first person in a long time to make me feel smart. I felt confident in her class and felt like my opinion mattered. She is unapologetic about who she is and despite being a tiny blonde woman from the east coast, she has traveled to the Middle East many times to do research on philanthropy there. She is awesome.
  10. This isn't the most eloquent list...
    And I'm not even sure how to fully explain what these teachers/professors meant to me, but I still think about them and how they helped me through my education. Hurrah for teachers!! 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎