Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Making a Difference

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Making a Difference

Article excerpt

Years ago, a gentleman looking something like a thin Ben Franklin using a walker, knocked on our front door. He asked for my Mother. He wanted to take her to lunch. She shrieked in delight when she saw Earl Fisher. Some fifty years prior to that day, my Mother brought a wagon to school to pull Earl in the annual school Halloween parade. He was a student in her second grade class in Yeagertown, Pennsylvania. He did not participate in the first grade because he could not walk, but he never forgot my Mother's simple kind gesture that allowed him to be fully involved in the festivities. He came to thank her. They both laughed as they recalled that day which happened so many years before. My Mother claimed Earl's arms flapped liked a little bird because he was so excited. Earl remembered the event like it just occurred. My Mother obviously made a big difference in Earl Fisher's life.

When my Mother and I go to town, I still repeatedly hear, "Hello Mrs. Baker!" by person after person after person. Not surprising I guess since Mrs. Baker enjoyed a 52-year career at the head of the classroom. Tom Boyer stopped my Mother one day and told her she was the only one who had faith that he could graduate. All the others told him he would fail. This now prominent citizen credited my Mother for his success. So it has been throughout my childhood and teenage years and continues now even in my midlife. My Mother, the teacher, positively impacted so many lives. So have the educators who read this publication.

Making a difference in the lives of students gives the most rewarding experience in teaching. Seeing new teachers succeed due to mentoring also gives gratification. …

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