By Marcie Carter
Every once in a while a teacher comes into your life who stands out above all the rest. This could be due to a kind word on a bad day, that little extra gentle push you needed to get through a tough subject or any number of other things.
My fourth grade teacher is one of these. She taught me and every student she encountered the value of listening and paying attention as well as respect and showing it to everyone you encounter whether they deserve it or not. She spoke to her classes with respect, kindness, and as individuals; I have never forgotten her for that.
Several teachers since then have impacted my life and though I will always be grateful to them for their help, none have equlaed that fourth grade teacher until I became a student at McCook Community College. In the two years of attending classes here, I have had the pleasure of receiving instruction from some of the best teachers since those early impressionable grade school years. Through the guidance of these people, I have finally decided what I want to be when I grow up and how to get there. I have also learned a lot about myself here and discovered hidden talents that will be useful in non-academic aspects of life as well.
At the end of every school year the students are recognized for their efforts, but the instructors rarely are, if ever. Sure, they get occassional raises and maybe even a bonus if budgets allow, but this is nowhere near the recognition they should receive and deserve.
So I would like to take the opportunity here to say thank you all for being who and what you are. I may never forgive some of you, but I will never forget any of you either.