a teacher’s ultimate love

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

William A. Ward

(Miss Hunt’s first grade class/ 1966-67 / High Point Elementary )

One of the oldest tricks of the trade of any educator…
Put that one student next to you who needs that extra eye…
The student who you can easily redirect when they’re off task by merely having them within reach…
You may note who it is who is situated right by the teacher in reading circle…
yours truly…

Whenever I spot a positive story about a teacher…
it is the teacher in me who feels the need to share…

You most likely have seen those stories, often featured in the news,
which relay the virtues of “true educators”…
Those stories featuring those teachers who go above and beyond the mere job…
elevating the job to what it is…a true vocation.
Those educators who go above and beyond the expected…
Those teachers who hold and comfort their kids during those unforeseen crises…
those moments in life which go beyond what would normally be expected of any educator…

This story is no different…
A young Scottish teacher who left the familiarity of home…
who went to teach young Jewish children in Budapest…
who at the onset of a world war was encouraged to come back home,
but who refused to leave her “kids”
Who was eventually sent to Auschwitz for her involvement with her “Jewish” children….
And who eventually gave her very life for her “kids”…
It’s is what any real teacher will do….


In everything set them an example by doing what is good.
In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned,
so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:7-8

14 comments on “a teacher’s ultimate love

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Absolutely amazing. I am married to an educator, and I appreciate his devotion to his students.

  2. Our youngest daughter was a great elementary school teacher who taught civics along with several other subjects over the years. She would receive glowing cards from her students and their parents. Perhaps one of her greatest achievements was talking the Department of Homeland Security to bring their Naturalization Ceremony to her school so her students could observe and participate in it. She did this for many years before relocating to another school and eventually teacher burn-out took its toll. Thanks for letting me share.

  3. Wally Fry says:

    You may think I have lost my mind Julie, but one of my fondest teacher memories is of Mrs Mazanti, my first grade teacher. What I remember most is she slapped the snot out of me one day. I mean, right in the face LOL. Now I have to relay the full story.

    I thought it was a good idea to sit on this chain that went across a driveway; she told me about a half dozen times it was a BAD idea. Turns out she was right, as I went over backwards and busted my head.a

    Anyway she came over to tend to me and when I touched my head and came away with a bloody hand, I started squalling like a banshee. She listened for for about 10 seconds, popped me right on the cheek and said words I still remember, “Wally, you quit acting like a baby, you are the one who caused this!.”

    That lesson, which happened in seconds, has stayed with me and served me well for …well…close to 50 years now I guess.

  4. Wow, what a great story. Thanks for sharing that one with us. Love and hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

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