Lessons from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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To all the teachers who thought that they were gods, thank for teaching me realism, even if that wasn’t your intention 

To all the teachers who only worked with their fauns, thank you for teaching me that flattery and adoration isn’t the only way to get somewhere after all

To all the teachers who thought that their subject was the be all and end all, thank you for teaching me a broader definition of success and achievement than you planned to 

To all the teachers who beat a path out of the school gate at every opportunity, desperate for a smoke or a drink, thank you for teaching me that, whatever your opinion of me, I was doing a better job of surviving than you 

To all the teachers who didn’t believe me, thank you for teaching me that I didn’t need your validation 

To all the teachers who only knew one way, their way of doing things and refused to budge, thank you for making me a determined, independent learner

To all the teachers who didn’t have much to share with the class, thank you for taking some pressure off someone who wouldn’t have succeeded in a tougher academic environment 

To all the teachers who didn’t do anything about the bullying, thank you for helping to forge a passionate defender of others

To all the teachers who bullied me, thank you for making me stronger 

To all the teachers who found something for me to do or an errand to send me on, thank you for letting me be useful, for letting me give something back when I was at my lowest and most broken 

To all the teachers who ever listened, thank you for giving me your time, even if neither of us understood what I was saying 

To all the teachers who took me seriously, thank you because finally I can too

To all the teachers who let me come and go as I needed, thank you for making your classroom, and your entire subject, a place of safety

To all the teachers who would let me tackle projects my own way or to work alone instead of in a group, thank you for letting me learn at my own pace and in my own style 

To all the teachers who would answer my questions, thank you for hearing me out and for seeing my learning as more valuable than your time or lesson plan

To all the teachers who believed in me and who gave me responsibilities, thank you for seeing me as more than just a statistic but as an individual that I would eventually find too

To all the teachers who cut me some slack, thank you because I don’t think any of us realised at the time what or how much I was up against 

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