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The best teachers leave a life-long impact on their students

Posted: February 18, 2016 5:25 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Megan Cash

Throughout my life, I have been taught by many teachers. They all have made some impact on my life, good and bad. However, through this journey, I have discovered many qualities a great teacher has which many teachers do not.

A great teacher has certain qualities which makes him or her stand out from the other teachers. Kindness, patience, flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness are some of these qualities. Also having a good sense of humor and being honest and humble. A great teacher always smiles at the students and loves teaching more than anything.

One special quality I have found in a great teacher is their ability to be my friend. A friend is someone I not only can trust, but I can also learn things from and remember them for the rest of my life. This is something which makes a really great teacher.

In 7th Grade, I had one teacher who I thought was one of the funniest and most amazing people I have ever met: Mrs. Amy Murray. She was someone I felt I could trust and I could talk to if I ever needed someone. She was just so sweet and caring and I will never forget her.

For me, a good teacher is one who teaches with her heart more than her mind. A great teacher is one who truly cares about her students and their feelings. She is someone a student can go to in times of sadness and/or happiness.

Along with showing kindness and love, a great teacher finds a way of teaching, using her passion for the specific subject and the students’ interests. This teacher challenges his or her students to be everything they can be so when they get to the real world, they will be ready for whatever comes their way. A great teacher helps build confidence in her students.

At least one teacher, specifically, helped me do this. In 9th Grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Amy Goodwin, reached out to me and helped me. She gave me so much encouragement and confidence I needed to become who I am today. Her believing in me when I honestly did not even believe in myself made me want to be the best I could be. She has taught me so much these past four years. She helped me become a better reader, editor, and writer. She is the reason I became a journalism student, by the way. She is also the reason this is my fourth year in journalism classes. Every year, I have made sure to be in her newspaper class because I love it so much. She is someone I will remember for the rest of my life.

There are many qualities which bring out the good teachers out from the others. Each and every person has his or her own opinion of what a great teacher is and theirs might be different from mine. I believe education does not just continue after school, but continues throughout the rest of your life. I am sure I will come across many more great teachers throughout my life who will impact me in many ways.

(Megan Cash is a senior newspaper journalism student at Camden High School. She hopes to attend Coastal Carolina or Charleston Southern to study Physical Therapy or Exercise Science in the fall of 2016. Megan is one of several high school columnists for the Chronicle-Independent, Camden, S.C.)

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