The Educational Butterfly Effect: A Sincere Thanks to All Educators
Where would you be without great educators in your life? Like all of you, I have had teachers I loved and some I wanted to forget. But regardless of my personal feelings about them at the time (A kid with outrageous personal feelings? Fuhgetaboutit!) they all played a part in pushing me to this moment, and I am grateful.
The older I get the more I see the little nudges educators and mentors, like you, give to your unsuspecting students. They have no idea now, but your mindfulness and finesse as an educator are having profound effects in their lives—the way a river shapes even the largest canyons over time.
As a freshman at the University of New Mexico (GO LOBOS!), I had it all figured out. But as many of us find out, I only thought I did.
My sights were dead set on obtaining my future business degree, so I was totally unaware of the passion for writing that was growing inside of me.
Two of my instructors at the time, Dr. Alan J. Hudson and Mr. Allen Jones (a.k.a. The Allens) taught a joint class, which combined English 101 with Anthropological Linguistics. Needless to say, it was a fantastic course.
Their passion for language opened up a new world for me. I unknowingly fell in love with the sheer flexibility of the English language. The freedom to assemble and reassemble words as if they were legos inspired me to create in ways I had never really considered.
Allen Jones, in particular, taught me the importance of asking great questions, though he never once stated that openly. Allen led by example. He rarely just commented on my essays, but he always asked key questions that seemed to unlock the insights I was trying so desperately to express.
The Allens have no idea how immense of a role they played in my journey to this moment, and they're not the only ones.
Educators have planted many seeds like this throughout my life. Only after realizing that business was not my calling did that become clear. Now, I have the pleasure of writing every day, and I absolutely love it!
So where would I be without great educators in my life? I can't quite say. But as I look back at all the educators I've had over the years (and all of you who I've had the pleasure of meeting) I know there are countless treasures they've given me.
The beautiful thing is that my story is not unique. You are out there shaping the lives of students every day. They may not see it yet, but they will. And whether they say it or not, they'll be grateful.
So, thank you. Thank you all.
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