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A Teacher Made the Difference in My Life

Do you remember a teacher who made an important difference in your life? Teachers have an uncanny reach into the successes of each of us, and we carry that inspiration forward in our work and lives every day.

Here we share some important stories about the impact of teachers on people all around us.

Elaine Wang, assistant town manager and 2008 graduate of UVM, reminisces about her first grade teacher, Mrs. Gershwin.

Afi Ahmadi, Attorney at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew and UVM alumus '93, describes the impact of his high school economics teacher.

Beverly Colston, director of the Mosaic Center for Students of Color at UVM, describes how a teacher expanded her notion of what it is to be a leader.

Dr. Rex Forehand, professor of Psychological Sciences at UVM, shares his story about Jean Gilder, the second grade teacher who changed his life.

Annie Valentine, a health educator in UVM's Center for Health and Wellbeing, remembers the teacher who was committed to help her succeed.

Emmanuel Tejeda remembers Oneida Lopez, his ninth-grade biology teacher, who always took that extra step to ensure he was engaged in class.

Sherrie Kruse Fuchs, catering supervisor for Sodexo, describes the impact her high school English teacher, Sheila Mabel, had on her life.

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