Our Amazing Teachers

A few weeks ago, in honor of teacher appreciation week, we invited our friends to tell a story on our Facebook page about a teacher that has had an impact on them, and we got some great responses. Here are some excerpts from those stories:

“SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN THE 1970’S AS A YOUNG, ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHER OF THE SECRETARIAL SCIENCES… SHE TRADED HER ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER FOR AN APPLE COMPUTER AS SHE MASTERED SOFTWARE, HARDWARE, AND PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES. A WOMAN OF INFINITE PATIENCE AND GENTLE HUMOR, SHE MADE THE TRANSITION TO THE DIGITAL AGE EASY FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS ALIKE.”

“SHE IS A SOURCE OF WISDOM AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO HER COLLEAGUES, AS SHE HAS DEVOTED HERSELF TO THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND HAS WORKED TO FORM ALLIANCES WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COLLEGES.”

“[SHE] NEVER GAVE UP ON ME. EVERYDAY SHE WAS ON THE PHONE WITH MY PARENTS TELLING THEM…WHAT SHE KNEW I WAS CAPABLE OF IF I PUT MY MIND TO IT… I ENDED UP WITH SOME OF THE HIGHEST GRADES IN HER CLASSES. SHE SAID SHE ALWAYS KNEW I COULD DO IT.”

“SHE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY BIGGEST ROLE MODELS. SHE MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON ME IN HIGH SCHOOL, SO MUCH THAT WE ARE STILL FRIENDS TODAY.”

We know there are countless others we didn’t hear from that are doing amazing things for their students. Thank you to the thousands of teachers across the country using Banzai, and changing lives.

And the Winner Is…

Emma Williamson!

Emma was nominated by several fellow teachers, and her story received the most votes, she received a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Congratluations to her and thanks to all who nominated and voted in the contest!