My Favorite Teacher
April 30, 2009
My mom homeschools me now (tenth grade) and has homeschooled me since fourth grade. We decided we needed a change from public school. She also homeschools both of my younger siblings.
My mom has made it possible for me to have countless learning opportunities like veterinary workshops, sports teams, Chemistry groups, Art clubs and much more. She takes me everywhere, no matter how completely out of her way it is, so that I can pursue me favorite things, even if it's just to hang out with my friends.
She volunteers at our church, in the contemporary praise band. Her keyboard and flute playing are amazing, not to mention her voice that inspires everyone. My mom supports friends and family, and is compassionate towards everyone and everything. Any time I see an animal in need, she is right there to help me take care of it, with assurances that we could take it home if necessary. We have, as a family, raised 6 litters of puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind. We signed up for a breeding mom dog, and my mom never complained about getting up at all hours to make sure the puppies were well fed and happy. She never gives up and has taught my whole family to follow through with everything we do.
My mom has a love for writing and art that she has shared with me over the years. She has given me hundreds of books to help inspire my writing, but she has never pushed me to change who I am. Her paintings hang in our house and she always wants to hang my art up too. She feels that I should learn in a way that is easiest for me, and makes sense to me. She has gone through so many math books, looking for the right one for me. She works late into the night to help me understand something, and her patience never ceases to amaze me. I go to her for advice and help with anything.
My teacher is unique because she is not only my favorite educator, she's also my mother!
It was the last day of fourth grade. The sun shone through the windows and landed on our faces, as we all stood facing the clock counting down the final minutes of the school year. The bell sounded, and although an obvious rush of excitement swept its way across the room, there was an underlying sense of sadness. None of us wanted to leave our amazing teacher behind: Mrs. Kerry Mallow.
To me and many other students, Mrs. Mallow was more than just an elementary school teacher. She played a bigger role in our lives than simply teaching long division or taking our class on field trips. She was the reason behind our interest in school, as well as our blossoming personalities.
She encouraged learning in a fun, open environment and made normally dull educational topics exciting and intriguing to all students. When Mrs. Mallow taught, her passion for kids and her job was the first thing anyone would notice. She smiled as she wrote on the board, and she never hesitated to help a student with a problem of any kind. Her enthusiasm and her knowledge caused us to feel more than comfortable in her classroom; we knew Mrs. Mallow worked for our benefit and not just her paycheck.
Mrs. Mallow knows she is a role model to students and coworkers alike, and she plays the part perfectly. She is the embodiment of a leader and sets an everlasting example of respect and dedication for her current students and students of years past. She treats everyone with kindness and compassion and is always willing to give a few words of advice. Most importantly, she believes in herself as a teacher and in turn her students learn to believe in themselves.
Although it has been years since I sat in desk in her classroom, ready for another promising day, Mrs. Mallow continues to affect me in a very meaningful way. In the summer, she often walks past my house, and even on the hottest of days, she always stops by the end of my driveway just to chat. In return, when I get the chance, I like to stop by to visit her after school lets out just to say hi and fill her in on the latest news in my life. Although our visits may be few and far between, they always make for memorable moments and I hope they brighten her day as much as they have forever brightened mine.
As I approach my final year of high school, I can’t help but look back and reminisce about my days as an elementary student. I feel lucky for having had such an unforgettable childhood and thankful for the people that were a part of it. Mrs. Mallow has always been more than an educator to me. I look up to her as both a teacher and a friend, and I am so blessed to have her as a part of my life.