I’ve never gotten along with teachers. All throughout my time in school, I seemed to always clash with almost every teacher I’ve ever had. The cycle went like this:
Their teaching style wasn’t working for me.
I wasn’t paying attention the way they wanted me to.
Rather than try to help me, they would scold me.
I’d pay attention even less.
They’d belittle me and tell me I’d never succeed in life.
I’d disengage altogether.
Not a good cycle to be in! In fact, one particular teacher once told me I’d never amount to anything more than working at a McDonald’s. Usually, that is some of the worst words you can say to a young teenager. Thankfully, it only inspired me to prove them wrong by succeeding on my own terms.
Nevertheless, despite all of my terrible experiences with teachers, there was one that treated me well and believed in me. She listened to me, cared for me, took time out of her schedule to help me, and believed in me. I particularly remember talking with her about how much she loved her pet dog.
So what do you do when the only teacher you’ve ever liked loses the dog she loves more than anything in the world? You get her a new one, of course!
I wasn’t intending on doing that, but when I saw the perfect puppy being auctioned off at a charity event, I knew it was just the gift to give her. After getting in a short back and forth bidding war, I was able to buy the puppy for just $5,000.
It was a great night, everybody went home a winner. The Boys & Girls Club got $5,000, my favorite teacher got a new puppy, the puppy got a new home, and I got to finally show the best teacher in the world how much I appreciated her.
I haven’t gone back to school, and don’t intend to; but for that night, it was great to see my teacher again and bond like we did back when I was a student.