Thanks to One of My Favorite Teachers: A Collection of Personal Stories

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"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." Robert Frost, American Poet, 1875-1963
No gift bears greater fruit than the nourishment from a teacher to a willing mind. Those who choose teaching as their vocation don t do it to inform their students, but to awaken their spirits and their ability to learn. John Morrissey believes, and has proven in this collection of stories written by a variety of contributors, that virtually everyone can instantly name his or her favorite teacher. He asked hundreds of people across the globe from many walks of life to share a story about that one teacher who had an impact far beyond the classroom. As he posed his question, nearly all were able to share the details of their favorite teacher and the memories that stayed with them long after class was dismissed. As you read these pages, you'll see that an extra spark occurs between a student and the teacher destined to be one of their favorites. Enjoy these stories, and remember to thank your own favorite teacher!

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For the last thirty-six years, John Morrissey has been a teacher. For most of those years, he taught English, Public Speaking, and Special Education at the same Midwestern high school. During those same years, he taught summer school, night school, and weekend college to supplement his income. For one of those years, he left the Midwest to be the Dean of Students at Beverly Hills Prep School, only longing to return to the Midwest. For the past ten years, he has taught leadership classes for Corporate America's Fortune 500 companies. John holds a BA degree in English, Speech, and Drama, and an MS degree in Special Education (Learning Disabilities). During his twenty-year tenure at Ralston High School in Omaha, Neb., he was the Freshman Basketball Coach, Student Council Sponsor, Prom Sponsor, Academic Decathlon Coach, and Junior Class Sponsor. He has been on the adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College, University of Nebraska, College of St. Mary, and Drake University. He taught summer school at Boys Town High School. He was a Leadership Trainer for Mutual of Omaha and Wells Fargo. He is a member of National Speakers Association and American Society for Training and Development. John is currently President of John Morrissey International, a speaking and consulting business. His awards include Nebraska Teacher of the Year Finalist, Nebraska State Outstanding Student Council Sponsor, Phi Delta Kappa Showcase Teacher, University of Nebraska Distinguished Alumni Award, Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teaching Award, and Omaha World-Herald Distinguished Teacher Award. John is also an avid Wish Granter and Speaker for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Finally, John believes thanking a teacher is something we all should continue to do.

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As a former student of John Morrissey, he always taught us to "fight against mediocrity." In this book you can read where all the teachers had a positive and profound influence on the lives of their students, just as John has had on me. This book is a must read for any teacher. --Patrick Fuller, Patrick Fuller, BS, PharmD, former student of John Morrissey

John has captured wonderful stories about teachers who did more than teach subjects; stories of teachers who taught students how to succeed in life. --Luvern A. Gubbels, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Many times, it is the smallest moments that mean the most to the children that we teach a great reminder of the power of educators to touch futures. --Donna Whyte Author/Education Consultant Founder of TheSmartieZone.com

It's no secret that teachers learn more about sound educational practices from working side by side with exemplary colleagues. In this book, readers will feel as if they are indeed lucky enough to be working with some of the best teachers ever to stand in front of a class. --Julia G.Thompson, First-Year Teacher s Survival Guide

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