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Thursday, January 10, 2013

UBC Day 10 - Who Helped Mold You?

I have had a lot of great teachers and mentors in my short 28 years on this planet.  Some great, some not so great.  I used to be able to be able to name EVER SINGLE TEACHER I ever had.  From pre-school through high school graduation...and my "A" school instructors.  Maybe it is coming with age, but I cannot remember all of their names anymore...from seventh grade to my senior year I would have to look at my yearbooks to pick out my teachers.

There are a few that really STAND OUT as THE BEST!

Mr. Santos...he was my sixth grade teacher.  Up until the day I set foot in his classroom, I was way behind in my reading level.  To be honest, I still keep my phone handy with the Dictionary.com app pulled up whenever I am reading for school work...and I use the "Look Up" feature frequently on my Nook when I come across words I do not know...and I am a VERY slow reader.  I was also way behind in my math comprehension.  I do not know how he did it but he made something click inside my head and my math grades became better than ever!

Towards the end of the year, we had that aptitude test that was going to help place us in the correct math class when we started middle school the following year.  Not long after the testing was over, Mr. Santos called my house one night.  I answered the phone and instantly thought I had done something wrong when he asked to speak to my parents.  I was a nervous wreck the entire time they were on the phone.  I sat in my room trying to figure out what horrible thing I had done at school that would warrant a call from my teacher.

My parents called me out into the living room and told me to have a seat on the couch.  Trying to figure out what I had to apologize for, my folks told me that they had a good talk with my teacher.  He told my parents that I scored the HIGHEST out of all the kids that took the test at our school...and that I got the THIRD HIGHEST score in the history of the school!  I think I had some lucky guesses.  They were so proud of me. Because I scored so high, I had to take an Algebra aptitude test...which I bombed of course because I did not really know that much.

I have never forgotten how inspirational he was to me.  I went on to take math classes up to Trig...which I did not understand at all but somehow managed to pass...barely.  Now that does not really have much of anything to do with how I got to where I am today.  There really is not much that math that I have to do when fueling airplanes...and any math I do have to do...I do with a calculator!

I had a ton of great mentors that I intend to give the perfect amount of praise to but they will each get their own post!  This is the first man to really make a difference in my life but NOT the last!  Who made a profound influence in your life?  What it a teacher?  A friend?  A family member?  A co-worker?  A stranger?  Please share with me!  I would love to hear about your experiences!

Until next time!