Character Development

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Einstein  

I think we can all look back and remember some of our favorite teachers over the years.  Chances are, what made them so great is not the subjects that they taught – as much as the way they taught it.

I got to see my college professor (and advisor) Peter Wright, last night after 15 years of being out of college.  Pete knew I was on my own, putting myself through college, and always had a true concern for my wellbeing.  He also seemed to know when I was “phoning it in” and when to challenge me to work harder.  I think I was probably more surprised that he actually called me out on that stuff.  He would say, “You’re not passing it in like that- are you, ‘Jack’?” (you can make your own guess as to what ‘jack’ was short for).  After seeing Pete last night, I realized that teachers teach who they are – and the reason we like them is because we want to be like them.

It felt great to see his work last night, and to get him to smile.  I don’t think he wanted anything to do with this picture- which is why I like it even more.

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