You, the classroom teacher, are the key to student success. You are the number one factor affecting student achievement. Your influence, your encouragement, your love, your inspiration, your work, and the demands you place on students will influence them for the rest of their lives. Without you, there would be no other profession. You hold the lives of your students in your hands. Be great!Undoubtedly, teachers are among the most important people in the lives of students. Great teachers impact the lives of students by encouraging them to excel, by inspiring them to believe in themselves, and by equipping them with the tools they need to become independent thinkers. Indeed, to teach is to touch a life forever. This is why Ivan Fitzwater called teaching “the greatest profession of all.” This is why George Bernard Shaw said, “The sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching.” This is why Bertrand Russell called teachers the “guardians of civilization.” This is also why St. Ambrose wrote:
The temple that teachers built will last while ages roll
For that beautiful unseen temple is the child’s eternal soul.