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What Is A Teacher?

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Jeffrey Carter
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0 posted 05-19-2000 11:20 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

What Is A Teacher?

A path to help
avoid a fall.
An ear to listen
when others call.

A voice, with which
to talk and sing.
A hinge on which
the future swings.

A shield for stopping
sorrow's darts.
A hand to touch
a lonely heart.

An arm to lift
hearts from defeat.
A light to awaken
those who sleep.

A teacher is
a special friend.
To be remembered
until life's end.



 I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

© Copyright 2000 Jeffrey D. Carter - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 05-19-2000 11:45 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Jeff, This is a very precious poem, and written very well. I enjoyed it, thank you.  
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2 posted 05-20-2000 06:57 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Jeffrey~
Thank you for these thoughts -
and for giving me an opportunity to honor some of the teachers in my life.

One of my favorite subjects is teachers !
When I recall the many that have impacted
my life, I have nothing but praise.

We all teach ... some love to teach ... others teach to love.  I honor these
teachers in my life -

Ms. Lutie Talton
Mr. Joseph Pearce
Ms. Jodi Campbell
Mr. Tom Beachum
Mr. Joseph Beachum
Mr. Don Granger
Ms. Betty Foard
Mr. Ed Talton
Mr. Walter Purtz
Ms. Lois Chapin

*To each of them - You went far beyond the call of your profession.  I thank you.
~*Marge*~


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Jeffrey,
It is so refreshing to see teachers finally get the respect and appreciation they deserve.  So many times today they seem to be portrayed in a bad way.  Truth is, they have the toughest job in the world, especially in today's society.  Those that go above and beyond the call of duty deserve so much more than they are given.  You have expressed that respect and appreciation so well.  Thanks!
Lori

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I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance - I hope you dance.
song by LeeAnn Womack
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4 posted 05-20-2000 11:50 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Thanks to the three of you, I wrote this as a tribute to my son's kindergarten teachers

Mrs. Jada Hardin
Mrs. Judy White

I can scarcely believe the changes that he has gone through these past 8 months. He went from this shy little runt of a kid to being THE ONE to sing a solo at the kindergarten graduation party.
These two teachers were a very big part of that change. And for that I will always be grateful, and they will always be remembered.

*******************

Lori, You are so very right. Today's teachers are underpayed and underappreciated.

This was just my attempt to give all teachers the credit they so rightly deserve  



 All my love,
Jeffrey

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep




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This is very precious indeed.  I remember my fourth grade teacher--Sister Mary Chanel.  All the other kids feared her, but I didn't.  I thought she was one cool nun.  
Thanks Jeffrey!
Marie~
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Marie, I think we all have teachers that we will never forget.
For me it would be my dear late Grandmother

Mrs. Virgie Mae Carter

She wasn't a school teacher, but she taught how to love life

 All my love,
Jeffrey

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep


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they should get paid way more! Great poem
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What is a teacher? a wonderful thought Jeffery. I really enjoyed the poem. Let's hope we never stop learning or lose or thrist for knowledge.

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"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? "

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I loved this, Jeffrey   I am blessed to know many wonderful teachers, and I cannot say enough about their importance and impact. Wonderful writing! I must share this with my teacher friends  

~ Claire

 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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On behalf of teachers everywhere, Jeffrey... I thank you for this poem...

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Jeffrey,

Excellent tribute to teachers everywhere.  They touch our lives in a way that they will never be forgotten...no matter how far away we go in life.  Very heartfelt, m'friend!!  

LW
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Jeff--

this was so touching and beautiful hon. and you are right...teachers are what give us our beginnings that will help us through the rest of life. one of my best friends is majoring in elementary education. i was wondering if i could pass this poem along to her...of course using your byline? i think she would really like it...i know i did. you have touched many hearts with this one friend.

take care,
amy  


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I would like to thank everyone who replied to this post

Amy, Be my guest, pass it on  

 All my love,
Jeffrey

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep


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Jeff, this is a wonderful poem and dedicated
to all those teach be it they are certified
teachers or just anyone that takes the time
to share their knowledge in a patient and
understanding way.

I have had some awful teachers  - have no
idea why they chose it for their professions
or why they were allowed to continue to
teach.
And others, that DESERVED a raise and more
for their talent to teach ---

warmly,
netswan
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15 posted 05-23-2000 06:35 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Jeffrey,

This is just wonderful, every teacher would love to see this I am sure of it...

Love,  Cerenity
 
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