Viola Davis’ confident beauty emboldens the cover of this month’s Time, introducing the magazine’s feature of “The 100 Most Influential People.”
While the people on the pages deserve accolades, I would like to nominate you, dear teachers, as the most influential people.
Kindergarten: For taking our hands, tying our shoes, and telling us stories.
Grade 1: For endearing us to Jan Brett, Barbara Cooney, and Paulette Bourgeois.
Grade 2: For teaching us in apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and parks.
Grade 3: For singing songs about our country and empowering us to embrace our heritage.
Grade 4: For reading aloud from Gordon Korman and Roald Dahl.
Grade 5: For eloquently teaching about the birds and the bees.
Grade 6: For letting girls take pencil cases to the bathroom.
Grade 7: For diffusing drama and handling our hormones.
Grade 8: For taking us out of our desks and into museums, capitals, and battlefields.
Grade 9: For inspiring us to think, to imagine, and to try.
Grade 10: For motivating us to focus on our future.
Grade 11: For letting us talk to you about life.
Grade 12: For showing us that our teachers are people we want to be.