I'm looking to make a difference in the lives of students and the life of a school community. Sure, I can make a difference in my current role as an organizational performance consultant, but the impact is -- at least as I perceive it -- minimal.
A couple of years ago while surfing the net, I Googled my name, and, lo and behold, this is what I found on the last page of dozens of pages of cites about "Peter Stinson":
8. Who/what was your favorite teacher in school and why?The post is now gone, having been lost by the ether or buried with the demise of the bulletin board to which these words were posted.
This is a very difficult question because I had a lot of great teachers. I would have to say Peter Stinson from Wyoming Seminary. He was an English teacher for my 11th and 12th grade classes in various subjects. Basically, I was rapidly dying because of my hatred of life from public school and I acted out quite a bit. One thing he did was instead of writing me off, he took the time to emphasize my positive traits and to try to get me to believe in myself. I won't say that he performed a miracle and made me completely adjusted, but he did get me to actually start not hating, if not enjoying life. I feel that he is the reason that I became so interested in writing.
The post struck me, not because I had an impact, but because of the student who wrote it. I remember him, but he wasn't a student who spent time in my apartment or played on the lacrosse team or worked in the theatre. As a matter of fact, I don't remember doing anything special or out-of-the-ordinary with him.
Did I make a difference? Well, maybe here with this former student. I had an impact, and I didn't even have an inkling of it. I'm looking forward to another opportunity to serve in an independent boarding school.