At Learning Resources, we’re big fans of teachers every day of the year. For National Teacher Appreciation Day, we wanted to show appreciation by asking our employees to share stories about teachers that made a difference in their lives. Read below, and take a moment to think about the educators that helped make you the person you are today.
Lori Mannion, Marketing Director: Mrs Davenport, Kindergarten Teacher. Mrs Davenport helped transition me from a shy 5 year old who was attached to my mom’s hip, to a curious, social, school-loving kindergartner. Those first years in school are so important, and she made sure every day was a fun adventure!
Nate Richards, Junior Digital Designer: Mr. Bott, Architecture & Drafting. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Bott for the last two years of high school. He was one of those teachers that could really connect with students and create an environment that allowed you to learn as much as possible while having fun doing so. He was also one of those teachers you could get advice from about anything, some of which I still carry with me to this day.
Renee Alvarez, Junior Digital Designer: Mr. Diamond (Art & Images) & Mrs. Wielgosz (Traditional Drawing & Painting). I couldn’t pick one over the other, but Mr. Diamond and Mrs. Wielgosz were my favorite teachers in high school. Their classes covered different areas of art & design, so I was thankful to have them both as my mentors. I always loved to draw and paint growing up, and I think both of them saw that in my artwork. They kept pushing me and challenging my skills and I honestly wouldn’t be the artist/designer I am today if it wasn’t for them.
Tyler Clark, Senior Copywriter: Mrs. Richey, AP British Literature/Speech and Debate. In addition to introducing me to the wonders of Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptations, Mrs. Richey was also my speech and debate coach for all four years of high school. With her encouragement (and occasional tough love), I found my voice as a speaker, my confidence as a writer, and my interest in the world of current events.
Ninab Maradkel, Associate Brand Manager: Professor Iqbal, Marketing/Analytics. I had him for two years in college, and he helped me with career advice along the way even after I graduated. He made a personal connection with all his students and was genuinely happy to see them succeed. He made me love learning and analytics which guided my career (who knew you can love data!).
Sarah Elliott, Marketing Coordinator: Mr. Kennet, English & Rhetoric. Mr. Kennet was my english teacher for 3 of my 4 years in high school. It was easy to tell he put a huge amount of effort into engaging his classes and creating a positive environment. He genuinely cared about each student and never turned down ideas, which in turn sparked constant creativity. My writing style expanded from those years in his classroom and I am grateful for my time spent there.
Zach Betz, Marketing Manager: Mr. Wells, Drama. As my high school drama teacher John Wells first and foremost taught me the importance of listening. It’s absolutely essential that you be a great listener if you want to be a great performer, but it’s equally important if you want to be a great person. Building relationships, collaborating, learning and even leading all start with listening. Mr. Wells is one of the best listeners I have ever met, it’s no surprise he’s an award winning teacher.