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What Makes a Teacher Special to a Student?

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This is an installment of the Stories Teachers Share podcast. Listen above or on iTunes to hear how the story unfolds.

Great teachers are constantly evaluating what works to help their students learn. But teachers don’t often hear what impact they have made on students.

In a rare treat, we hear from one former student reading from a journal he kept during middle school. Patrick Don wrote several journal entries about his favorite teacher, Mr. Albert, who grew to become his friend. Don read some of these entries on stage at a Mortified Live event in Baltimore, and this reading was turned into a Mortified podcast episode, “Tribute To Teachers’ Pets.”

Patrick Don

Don spent many years looking for Mr. Albert online and on social media but was unable to locate him. We here at MindShift also searched for Mr. Albert, found him, and brought Mr. Albert and Pat together via Skype to listen to the Mortified podcast episode together and talk 17 years after those original journal entries were written. What we discovered was delightful.


Do you have stories about a favorite teacher? Share your stories with us in the comments below. And if you haven’t reached out to your favorite teacher, consider letting them know what impact they made in your life. They’ll appreciate it!

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