Teachers Do Make A Difference!

A few weeks ago, I received a LinkedIn request from a woman named Sherry Julitz. I thought we knew each other because of my friend Christy Suerth, who also is an accomplished recruiter like Sherry. I accepted the LinkedIn connection and said that I was happy to know that we were connected through Christy.

However, I astonished to learn that Christy was not the connection when Sherry responded to my message:

“Good Morning Sheila, Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect. Actually you were my third great teacher at Washington school in Park Ridge, 1969. You were my favorite grade school teacher. You made a difference in how I viewed learning. I came across your What Color Is Your Brain?® book on the Internet the other day. It sounds very interesting, and maybe very helpful in my line of work.”

Of course my “Blue Brain and Heart” were overwhelmed. I immediately responded to Sherry and I sent her my phone number hoping we would chat soon. 

This afternoon the phone rang and the voice said, “Hello, Mrs. Glazov, this is Sheryl Julitz”. I was delighted! Then we immediately agreed that I would call Sheryl “Sherry” and she would call me “Sheila”. With our formal names issue settled we shared a lengthy and JOYFUL conversation. Tears welled in my eyes as Sherry honored me with her memories about our class and how I made a difference in her life.

Teachers always look for “teachable moments” in and out of the classroom. We never know when we are going to make a lasting impression and a difference in our students lives! 

Not all of us may be classroom teachers, but I believe everyone is a teacher who can impact other people’s lives! We may not realize the fact for 42 years or a life time, but we do make a difference!

“Sherry, thank you for making a difference in my life!”

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  1. Karen Hanrahan on March 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    what a touching and terrific story of connection and fond memory! I bet we all have a favorite teacher – I can see how you would be a favorite to many.

    • sheila on March 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Yes, is a beautiful “Blue Brain” story, which is getting better and including another former student. My 3rd grade teacher, Miss Far was mine!

  2. Laurie Buchanan on March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Oh my gosh — I love this story!

    • sheila on March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

      ME TOO! Because of Sherry another former student whom is another connection and I also remember him. His story is so sweet! My Blue Brain is loving these former students who have become remarkable adults that can make their former teacher’s heart SMILE!

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