Teachers are the most vital part of our society. Before any successful person became successful they had a teacher that helped them along the way. There are numerous stories of how successful people attribute a former school teacher with helping them realize their abilities and then help them achieve their goals. Former President of the United States Bill Clinton recognizes his high school band director for taking a vested interested in him in and out of school to help him grow as an individual. Oprah Winfrey recalls her fourth grade teacher helping her believe in herself and getting her to enjoy learning. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, (although he did dropout of Harvard) acknowledges that he wouldn’t be where he is today without his former math and drama teachers. Even the success stories of small business owners have a teacher that either helped them along the way or taught them the skills they needed to be successful.
Teachers can impact generations of people and effect communities around the world in a variety of ways. So many students are looking for someone to tell them that they are important and that someone believes in them. That is the part where teachers fill the gap. In most cases, when a child gets to school age, teachers see the children more than the parents do. That means teachers have a great responsibility and a great opportunity to make a positive influence in children’s lives. As a group, teachers have the opportunity to change the cycle of a family. For example, there are many examples of children that are stuck in generational poverty and looking for a way to get out. That is a tremendous opportunity for a teacher to make a difference in a child’s life and help them change the cycle of poverty in their family. As a result, that child will continue the cycle with their children and the whole generation of a family has changed a cycle of poverty into a cycle of stability. The same can happen to families with cycles of alcoholism, child abuse, divorce, teenage pregnancy, and other generational issues. If teachers help enough students change the negative cycles in their families, they can help change the negative cycles in a community.
No other profession offers the opportunity to interact with the future work force every day and help mold them into productive and responsible employees. Teachers have the power to enhance a community’s work force and as a result attract more jobs to the community. In other words, teachers have a significant role in the employment rate in their communities. If schools produce quality workers then more businesses will move to the area which will result in more job opportunities. There are not many jobs were people are given the opportunity to make such a big difference in lives of people in their community. Most students have teachers in their lives for over 12 consecutive years, so while parents have a vital role in their children’s lives, those children’s teachers become difference makers in each of their lives.