Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor: Stories of Teachers Making A Difference

Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor: Stories of Teachers Making A Difference

by Jane E. Bluestein, Jane Bluestein
     
 

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Did you ever have a teacher who changed the way you looked at yourself and your life? Almost every one of us remembers a special person who touched our heart and mind, who gave us a glimpse of what we might achieve or who we might become. This teacher may have been in a classroom, or may have simply been someone we met during our lives who showed us how we could

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Did you ever have a teacher who changed the way you looked at yourself and your life? Almost every one of us remembers a special person who touched our heart and mind, who gave us a glimpse of what we might achieve or who we might become. This teacher may have been in a classroom, or may have simply been someone we met during our lives who showed us how we could become better people.

You'll savor this collection of entertaining, inspiring and moving stories about teachers, mentors and other special people who have made a positive and significant difference in the lives of others. Stories are collected from people of all ages, professions and backgrounds. Some are famous--Joe Paterno, Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dave Barry, Shari Lewis, Steve Allen--while others are ordinary folks with extraordinary stories.

Stories included here tell of the teachers who taught individuals to appreciate their own talents, abilities and uniqueness; sparked an interest in a particular subject area; or inspired their students to dream--and then showed them how to achieve those dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558743373
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
1,206,421
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Story #1

I'm often asked what influenced me to go into education, and I always say it started with my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Fredrickson. From the first day of school at age six, I realized that I never wanted to be anything but just like her, and I've never changed my mind.

Every day when the school bell rang, I always knew where I'd find Mrs. Fredrickson. She was always at the door, greeting every one of us with what she called "an H or an H," a hug or a handshake. I always chose the hug. Most of the kids began with a handshake, but by the end of the first month everybody was going for the hugs.

On my birthday she came to my house and she bought me a Little Golden Book. (I know why it's called a Golden Book, because it's one of my most cherished possessions!) She was there for maybe five minutes, but to me it was an eternity!

I remember her being tall, with glasses at the bridge of her nose, but 30 years later I realize her appearance had nothing to do with the impact she had on me. The impact came from her personal touch, her personal caring and always her ability to make me feel like I was special. Every moment that I was in that woman's room, I felt like I was "Teacher's Pet."

And now whenever I talk to teachers, I tell them about her. Because when it comes down to how we really and truly can impact kids the most, it isn't in the curriculum or some program or kit. We can make such tremendous differences on our students' lives with our personal touch, by greeting them with "an H or an H," and by being a teacher who, like Mrs. Fredrickson, can really make them feel special. To me, that's the whole secret to unlocking a child's potential -- being there for them, letting them know that we believe in them. What a difference we can make!

Dr. Michele Borba, Educational Consultant and Author, Palm Springs, California

¬1995. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor by Jane Bluestein. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Meet the Author

Jane Bluestein, Ph.D., is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and specializes in promoting positive adult-child relationships. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guset expert on National Public Radio, The Vicki! Show, TalkNews Television, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Bluestein serves on the board of the National Council for Self-esteem and has authored several books, including 21st Century Discipline, Being a Successful Teacher, Parents in a Pressure Cooker, and Parents, Teens & Boundaries, as well as dozens of magazine articles.

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