I am grateful to all teachers.
Mrs. Williams was my 7th grade Language Arts/Social Studies teacher. She was a big, African American woman who wore her glorious wigs proudly and who exuded a sense of confidence that could scare away any class clown into a corner. She took no nonsense. She was a proud woman.
One time she told the class a story of how she was on a tour bus in Death Valley, CA and the AC stopped working. She casually said, "Then I just took my shirt off and didn't care who was staring at me....Those people just have to live with a hot woman in her bra!"
Mrs. Williams wasn't just my teacher, she was my guardian angel beyond the classroom. There was one incident that stood out to me where I will never forget Mrs. Williams' kindness and support. I was mugged after school and the ordeal shook me up. Mrs. Williams was there for me through that traumatic experience. When she noticed that I struggled with anxiety, she taught me about meditation (back when meditation wasn't even 'in'). I graduated middle school and never got to see her again.
Please thank your teachers before it's too late. Appreciate them. Educators are the most important people in the world and sadly we as a society don't do enough to take care of them. They are society's pillars and they deserve to be treated like CEOs in all respect.
I wish I could time travel back to show my gratitude to Mrs. Williams and to all of my other teachers who've done more for me than they were obligated to.
Thank you Mrs. Williams for helping me become the person I am today.