GREAT TEACHERS OPEN DOORS TO POSSIBILITIES! 

GREAT TEACHERS OPEN DOORS TO POSSIBILITIES! {DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. LUCY ROBINSON}

Yes – I dare utilize a bell curse- I’m a GEEK!  A bell curve is an excellent tool for predicting and graphing human performance.   Most teachers are average performers.  Typically, you expect ~16 percent to be Below Par/Average and ~16 percent to be Super Stars.  Unfortunately, based on U.S. student’s test scores, I believe we can significantly increase the below-average percentage.  

Today’s blog is about one of my five SUPERSTAR teachers! I owe much of my success to these five teachers.

How many below-average teachers are working?  A lot more than we can afford.

A great teacher builds your confidence aiding your path to achieve the dreams you believed impossible.

A GREAT TEACHER – LUCY ROBINSON

Mrs. Robinson was my fifth-grade teacher.  She taught me when Duplin County, North Carolina (N.C.)  schools were racially segregated.  Mrs. Robinson not only told me she believed in me (numerous times), she demonstrated that faith to the point, I BELIEVED!  A child’s confidence can be strengthened or damaged by a teacher.  Mrs. Robinson was one of my early mentors.  

SMALL-TOWN UPBRINGING 

Welcome to Rose Hill, N.C.  Home of the World’s Largest Frying Pan!   As a child, we had one red light (set to flashing at 10 PM), and today the town has TWO.  I am unsure why, as the population has remained about 1,700 people for decades.  However, Rose Hill has Tens of thousands of pigs, hundreds of thousands of chickens, thousands of acres of tobacco, and other crops.  Rose Hill was NOT The Field of Dreams!  

SEGREGATED AND NOT EQUAL!

Black and white students attended separate and UNEQUAL schools.  We had separate school buildings, teachers, etc., and our books were handed down from the white schools.  Attending segregated schools in a small rural N.C. town was not where you would expect students to gain self-confidence.  But we produced Doctors, Masons, Ph.D.’s, Plumbers, Engineers, Farmers, Teachers, and MORE.  

MANY OF OUR TEACHERS CARED ABOUT OUR FUTURE

Our black teachers excelled at many things, but one trait stands out: They cared about our future!  Mrs. Lucy Robinson was one of my hero teachers, who demonstrated she cared.  She not only taught us, but she also pushed up to be better students and people.  To be respectful to adults.  Reach for our dreams and, most importantly, BELIEVE IN SELF! My Mom was also a teacher.  She taught me and is one of the five teachers who had a significant impact on my life.  Mrs. Robinson was my Mom’s mentor.  

THE LIFELONG IMPACT OF A GREAT TEACHER

I was sitting at the memorial service for my uncle (one of my five critical teachers) when the minister asked how many of you did he teach.  I saw dozens of hands go up.  He influenced so many people during his career and life.  While my uncle was never my classroom teacher, he taught me most of my life.  Uncle Nathaniel was a critical lifetime teacher, role model, and coach.  

I saw that day; a great teacher leaves an impact that is felt for generations!

EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL

The path to achieving financial freedom starts with gaining the education to earn. Regardless of your job, we need the instruction in our craft.

CONCLUSION – GREAT TEACHERS OPEN DOORS TO POSSIBILITIES!  {DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. LUCY ROBINSON}

North Carolina produces some great basketball players but has for decades consistently ranks near the bottom of U.S. public schools.   My home county, Duplin, ranks near the bottom among N.C.’s counties.  So you might think I was SHACK OUT OF LUCK, growing up in this environment. WRONG!  In my corner, I had people who modeled hard work and perseverance.  People who believed in and encouraged me.

I was not the most intelligent person in the classroom or the job. I succeeded because I tried to outwork my peers. I was first in the office and often last out the door. I asked my ex-wife, a communications major, to help me improve my writing skills.  After work, I attended Dale Carnegie and Toast Masters to build public speaking competencies. I attended night school to get my MBA. I WORKED MY ASS OFF JUST AS MY MENTORS AND ROLE MODELS HAD!   That is the best lesson these GREAT teachers taught.

A few years after I completed the fifth grade, Mrs. Robinson became ill and was admitted to the hospital.  After one visit, she asked me to pray.  There were a few people in the room, and usually, being a shy, introverted child, I would have begged not to.  But this was MY teacher who believed in me.  I prayed for her recovery and health.  I kissed her goodbye.  That was the last time we would talk.  

Even in her final days, Mrs. Robinson continued to grow my confidence.

Mrs. Robinson, you remain embedded in my heart and mind.  You gave me the strength and confidence to strive, get knocked down, and get back up!   I love you and pray more young people are blessed with a teacher just like you. 

If you had teachers who inspired you, who gave you faith, reach out and thank them.  Call them or, better yet, visit (when you both feel safe) and say thank you.  Let them know how much you appreciate their faith in you!

“GOD MADE TEACHERS”

God understood our thirst for knowledge and our need to be led by someone wiser;
He needed a heart of compassion, encouragement, and patience;
Someone who would accept the challenge regardless of the opposition;
Someone who could see potential and believe in the best in others……


SO HE MADE TEACHERS

LETS MAKE SOME MONEY!

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