Mrs. McLaughlin - 6th grade English at Stuart Middle School
It didn't matter to her so much that I couldn't diagram a sentence to save my life; she recognized some spark in my writing that I didn't even know was there. To this day, I can still remember her telling me that she'd look forward to seeing my book in print one day. It was a head scratching moment, because the thought of being an author had never crossed my mind. I mean -- come on -- I couldn't diagram a lousy sentence!!
This perceptive teacher saw an innate talent in me before I saw it myself. Looking back, I'm more fully able to appreciate the quiet confidence that Mrs. McLaughlin gave me in my own skills with just a passing comment that I was good enough.
Thanks, Mrs. McLaughlin -- and to all the teachers who inspired my love of reading through high school and college. I might not have my name in print *yet* - but I'm getting there.
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