As the timing of this post reflects “back-to-school” time, medicine please accept this as my deep gratitude to all the teachers out there. You are amazing.
Dear Seekers of Inspiration, pill
It is a delight and honor for me to recommend Mrs. Carol Gentry for the position of life-inspirer and mentor for you and anyone else aspiring to better themselves for the uncertain and unpredictable journey ahead.
Mrs. Gentry and I “worked” together as teacher and student for one full academic year at State College Area High School from 1992-93. I use the quotations only for hyperbolic emphasis that my time as her tenth grade English student was, while a welcome challenge, also probably more work for her than it was for me.
As teacher of writing, grammar, and literary study in my sophomore year, Mrs. Gentry balanced fun with stern drive and tall expectations of her students mixed with a genuine care for their well-being both in and outside of her classroom. She made subject matter that I already enjoyed even more exhilarating while isolating my single greatest weakness and going above and beyond to help me past it. She became, in some sense, my first real mentor as she recognized and brought to my attention my lack of attention and the wandering imagination that could be so wonderfully helpful if I controlled it, but so destructive if I did not.
Mrs. Gentry took me as a special case and coordinated with the counseling office to help me assemble and keep a daily planner for her class and all of my classes that year. She asserted her high hopes for me and instilled in me a desire to not let her down–a scenario with which the adolescent me was not particularly familiar.
The school year that I spent under her tutelage is, I am convinced, what catalyzed my abilities to organize and take charge of my life and hone the skills that I acquired before and since. It was truly Mrs. Gentry’s belief in me–and her ability to inspire me as a great teacher does–that guided me strongly through the rest of my high school and college years. Where I am today with the greatest successes I’ve had in starting my own business, traveling around the world, and performing for, without exaggeration, millions of people to great accolades as an increasingly respected member of my field is all because of Mrs. Gentry’s insistence upon her students living up to their individual potentials.
She has long since retired from the classroom, but her ability to inspire and teach through memories that I have will continue to drive me to not let her down. When one considers that I was merely one of hundreds of students she surely affected as strongly throughout her career, it becomes obvious that Mrs. Gentry will always be an unstoppable force and source of inspiration that you would do well to add to your team of motivation.
There is a patently false, glib phrase, “those that can’t do teach.” A good teacher does. Mrs. Gentry does inspire people to learn and grow on their own. To continuously strive to reach their fullest potential, long after the act of teaching has stopped.
Please feel free to contact me at www.francismenotti.com should you like to discuss Mrs. Gentry’s qualifications and experience further. I’d be happy to expand upon my recommendation.