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o become a teacher, a good teacher, and be in it for the  


long haul, takes a special kind of person. Teachers have  


to go through 

so much before they 

can even become a 

teacher: schooling, 

training, certification, 

licensing, and more. 

And that alone never stops the length of their teaching career. Then 

they have bureaucracy and parents to navigate before they can 

even begin to teach our children. And all 

for minimal pay.
Back when I was in high school, I was 

considered a smart kid, but with no 

ambition (or frients). I tested well, but 

my grades were so so at best. I frustrated 

many a teacher. Even so I had many great 

teachers and many who believed in me, 

but one in particular stood out. He was my 

High School Science Teacher, Mr. Garnos. 
We didn’t know it at the time, but Mr. Garnos 

struggled with debilitating health issues. 

Yet, when in class, you’d never know it.  


He had the best sense of humor. He was constantly telling puns, 

laughing and smiling. Even though he was my science teacher, he 

turned me on to a lot of modern literature of the time. He even 

gave me his own personal copy of the Sand County Almanac.  

However it was a parent-teacher conference with my mother  

that had the most fundamental effect on my life at the time. My 

mother told me she had expressed concern over my so so grades, 

but Mr. Garnos just laughed. He showed her where I got straight 

‘A’s one 9 weeks and said, “There is no doubt she could get ‘A’s, but 

instead she chooses to be her own person, which is better.” 

His unconditional faith in me 

gave me my first humbling  

experience. I’ll never forget it  

or him.
Whether you are in school, 

have children in school, have 

grandchildren in school, or 

simply remember being in 

school, let us honor our  

teachers today and every day. 

Teachers all,  

we salute you!




“If you think in terms of a year, 

plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, 

plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, 

teach the people.” Confucius

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