Dear Bill and Melinda,
I can think of many teachers who left an impact on my life. Teaching is personal. It’s the interaction between two human beings which makes the difference between regurgitating information and loving to learn. The object of the exercise is to create life long learners. No computer or software program can take the place of the love a nurturing teacher gives.
Thank you to my 1st grade teacher who taught me honesty. She put a great big F on my math paper and I never copied anyone’s work again. Thank you to kind Mrs. Lyle; 3rd grade-for making the new kids feel at home, Mrs. Evans; 4th grade-taught me respect, Mrs. Eshman; 6th grade- taught me to love reading, Sheila Rich; 10th grade- taught me Spanish which opened my eyes to the world, Joe Domko; 9th grade- taught me to explore the world and really see what was in it, Leland Andres; my last 2 years of high school-helped hone my voice for voice for college, Mrs. Johnson; taught me to sew, Mr. Sanders; kept me employed because he taught me to type. Mr. Sanders died at Columbine.
These were the PEOPLE, human beings, who nurtured me and showed me different points of view. I love them and remember them.
Bill Gates, keep your millions because money can’t buy love and teachers are full of love. Love is most important ingredient to a good education; the difference between what you think teaching is and what teaching really is.
Nina Seifert Bishop