Many authors can trace their success back to one single teacher. A person who recognised their potential and worked hard to foster it. Who inspired, motivated and encouraged them. I’m sure that many writers, like myself, would like to thank their old teacher personally but are unable to do so. Years pass, we lose touch.
This Saturday, 5 October 2013, is World Teachers’ Day. It’s the perfect opportunity for us to thank these important people who shaped our lives and will never be forgotten. Even if they don’t know it.
World Teachers’ Day
Over 100 countries celebrate World Teachers’ Day and it’s been going every year since 1994. According to UNESCO, it is ‘a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world’. Sadly, this crucial profession is often unrecognised and undervalued. This year’s slogan is ‘A Call for Teachers’.
I’d like to thank …
Mr Peter Davison of St Joseph’s Girls’ High School Kogarah, my year 7 English teacher. His encouragement of my fledgling interest in writing was phenomenal. He even went so far as to send my early pathetic attempts at novellas to publishers. They weren’t accepted, of course, but I received some very encouraging feedback. As well as a burning desire to keep going!
I have no idea what’s happened to Mr Davison. I’ve had over 30 books published now, mostly in the education field. I’d like to think he’s seen one and remembers me. The teacher in my first junior novel, which comes out next year, is named after him. Just in case he ever sees it – I want him to know he’s not forgotten!
There are many ways to celebrate. Festivals, seminars, award ceremonies. Visit the UNESCO site at http://www.worldteachersday.org/map/ for links to what’s happening in your neck of the woods.
In Australia, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day late (25 October) because it otherwise falls during our school holidays. If you’re a Sydneysider like me, consider entering your favourite teacher in this competition: http://www.hillslodge.com.au/blog/competition Run by a hotel, the prize is a pampering accommodation package.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Is there a special teacher that inspired you to become the person you are today? Here’s your chance to say thanks, by writing a short note in the comments section. You never know, they might see it. Well … it’s possible!!