I’m a lucky lady alright. Not only have I had the chance to spend decades involved in the teaching profession that I love, I’ve also been invited to speak to teacher audiences in 37 states. Sometimes I speak at conferences. Other times I’m invited to encourage teachers in individual school districts. I love to use my speaking skills to inspire and encourage teachers.
Have you ever wondered what teachers are thinking? I have scores of letters from teachers who write to me after they hear me speak. They tell me exactly what is on their minds. Listen in on what they have to say.
… Last Friday, as school ended, I was scrubbing up a whole bottle of dried syrup that had been thrown into the broom closet. At that point I was thinking, “Why did I ever sign up to attend this conference next week? I still have things to do here AND at home!” Now I am so glad I came You were fantastic. You have made this whole conference worthwhile. I get the feeling that you are the kind of teacher who would have syrup spill in your closet too.
… You really touched our teachers. You gave them something that doesn’t come in books or on the internet. You shared YOU! Your human compassion and common sense encouraged them like nothing else can. You gave them a glow that they will not forget.
…Your stories were so moving and so real. I came away feeling very proud to be a teacher and there are not enough of those moments.
… What a gift you have to move people with your true stories about teaching. God bless you.
… I’ve been coming to these conferences with the same group of guys for years. We really enjoy each other’s company. Frankly we usually just sit in the back and talk through the presentations. When you gave your speech it was the first time not one of us said anything. You really hooked us.
… I knew from the moment you stepped in front of our group that you were going to be a huge success. You have a magic aura around you. Thank you for turning me into a hero because I was the one who invited you to our state to speak. I feel as though I’ve not just heard a great teacher speak, I feel as though I’ve made a new friend.
… You humbled me by talking about your failures. We all have failures but we forget the positive impact we can have by sharing those failures with others.
… My goodness you are an amazing speaker! I have never seen anyone, ever, control an audience like you did.
( I can’t help it. I just have to tell you. That last comment was written by a Georgia senator about ten years ago).
… You made me think of all the teachers whom I should thank. I hope and pray that someday someone feels the same way toward me. I know God has put me here for a reason. Thank you for helping me realize that I may be touching someone right now, even though I can’t see it.
… I almost didn’t come back today. I’ve been driving to Columbus an hour each way for the past three days to attend this conference. Last night I almost decided to stay home and avoid one more day of that drive. But, because of you I’m so glad I didn’t stay home. You made all that driving for all three days worthwhile? Next year you should speak all three days.
… I’ve always thought of myself as a positive person. I honestly try to take this into the classroom every day. But at times it’s hard to smile at the little SOB who gives me a rough time. But after listening to you today, I make you three promises:
I will smile at my problem child.
- Every student of mine will hear the fish story.
- I will write my 8th grade English teacher a thank you letter.
… At last they finally bring in someone to speak to us who REALLY KNOWS what it’s like to teach. I felt like you were inside my head hearing my thoughts. You have had all my same frustrations but you helped me realize that I might really be making a difference. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me hang in there.
… I came here worn out and wrung out. You lifted a heavy load from my shoulders and a weight from my chest.
… You know the most important thing I learned from you today? It is OK to be goofy. You are a riot!
… Last night I was talking to my wife about how “the job” was going. I told her I was considering going back into industry because I didn’t feel like I was having a positive impact on my students. Can it possibly be an accident that I heard you speak today? Wow, have you given me a boost! I can go back into the classroom with a positive attitude. You have reminded me of why I chose teaching.
… You could never believe how much I needed to hear the message you gave us today. You were speaking directly to me. I believe your stories will help me be a better person as well as a better teacher.
…I never would have believed I could laugh so hard – and cry too – in ninety minutes. The time went by too quickly. Please come back!
..I’m really not a warm and fuzzy person, but today you have inspired me to work harder and listen to my students more.
…My staff suggested I get you to come back once a month for a shot in the arm. You touched all of us in a special way.
… I hope someone, somewhere, lets me know I’ve been a positive influence in their life. Thanks for giving me hope.
Now Dear Readers, Will You Do Me a Favor?
If you enjoy reading my blog posts, could you recommend me to someone who hires speakers to encourage teachers?
- I’d love to be the opening speaker at your school next year. Contact me.
- Are you a teacher who attends in service meetings? Could you share a link from my blog posts with the person who invites speakers to your district?
- Are you in charge of hiring speakers for teacher conferences?
- My email address is the best way to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org
My past audience members are the ones who encouraged me to write a book for teachers. I’ve now written two. Some universities are having their education students read my books. Here is my most recent book for teachers.
TEACH…To Change Lives
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