Teacher Appreciation Day made me think about my favorite teachers and why they still hold a place in my heart and mind. There are three of them.
Mrs. McCall was my first grade teacher. This was the first time I was away from my home all day as the first grade classes were in an annex 10 miles from my house. It was far away from my mother and I felt it. Yet, Mrs. McCall loved me and I knew that too. I wasn’t special. She loved everyone. Her love gave me the courage to trust school. In a class permeated by safety and order, she created the conditions where risk was ok, and because I could take a risk, I unlocked the mysteries of reading and writing. All because of Mrs. McCall. There was magic in her teaching, and believing she loved me, I was smitten and loved her back.