The Special Teacher Who Influenced My Career: 9 Inspiring True Stories

As the school year begins for kids in most parts of the country (or stalls thanks to a strike, in Chicago), many working adults find themselves reminiscing about their own school days. We asked some of them to tell us about their favorite teachers, those who made a distinct impact on their future careers. Here you’ll find the story of the first-grade teacher who inspired her student to be a teacher, too, and the special teacher who had faith in a troubled high-school girl. Then there’s the story that just might be my favorite: The woman whose teacher told her the only thing she’d get out of college was an “Mrs.” degree. Read on to see how she got the last laugh.

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