"A teacher's greatest joy is seeing his/her students have success." These are the first words that came out of the mouth of Mr. James Glennon on the first day of class. A man who can be considered ancient, with his white hair and thick rectangular glasses stood in front of the classroom with a commanding presence. At first, he was frightening to me, but in the coming days I noticed his personable character.
Not all students come to school excited to learn, but Glennon is the type of teacher that has the ability to make his class not only exciting, but memorable. Having taught for over forty years, he is still able to find the joy in teaching and remains as enthusiastic as ever about the topic he teaches. His excitement about the subjects rubs off the students and makes the class fun and easy to understand. Not only did I learn more in one quarter from his class than I learned in my first few years of high school, but I was able to improve in all my other classes. He truly cares about his students and whether or not they succeed, making me want to succeed.
The influence that Glennon had on me in the period that I know him is much greater than any of my other teachers. His passion for teaching can be seen in every single lesson, making me excited to attend and learn everyday. Coming to class and witnessing Glennon's passion inspires me to seek the same kind of passion in my life. He is more than just an inspiration; he is a mentor who taught me the importance of education and balance in order to succeed. Glennon has become the teacher that I admire and will probably always remember.
No matter how many years pass by, or how many miles separate us, my second grade teacher, Ms. Mount, will forever influence me. Our relationship goes beyond that of a teacher and pupil; it is a story of familial love because she is like a mother to me. She helped me bypass so many obstacles and taught me how to live and love life.
As a child, I had always struggled with...
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