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Who Inspired You?

If you could change places with anyone in the world, who would it be? Most people would say a famous actor, a talented athlete or someone with a lot of power, but this question causes me to think a bit more deeply. I mean, sure, I would like to live in Tina Fey’s world for a while, but forever? What if she is a profuse sweater, or has to get up 5 times a night? I don’t want to deal with that!

Some people might be a little more thoughtful than that, and actually pick someone they admire in a meaningful way. We’ve been asking people to consider who inspired them as part of our annual campaign during this season of giving. Some of our most successful graduates have written a few lines here and there to share which teachers in Putnam City inspired them to greatness. You will see their responses on our website and social media over the month of December.

I didn’t want to dominate the posts, so I only listed one of my inspirational teachers, but there have been so many. My economics and student government teacher Mr. Shenold was one. He had a stern exterior, but was always so supportive of me. My sophomore English teacher Mrs. Anderson was simply the best. She stuffed so much English knowledge into my head, which made me a better writer (though sometimes that is hidden in these posts).

There are teachers who remember my name even though I didn’t have a class with them! I don’t think it was because I was in trouble a lot, but that they are teachers who pay attention to the students. Mr. Hardesty is one such teacher. We are so grateful he is still keeping the lights on at Putnam City High School.

In Putnam City today, I see tons of inspiring teachers. The way they interact with their students, care for their most basic needs, and fill them full of knowledge brings me to tears on a regular basis.

If you would like to share your story of an inspiring Putnam City teacher, please email me, or put it on our Facebook page. We love hearing the stories of people who helped shape you. And, if you’re so inclined, consider making a gift to the Putnam City Schools Foundation in his or her honor. They would be touched to know you remembered them.

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