Everyone remembers a good teacher. If you were lucky enough to have one the memory of what they taught you, and did for you, will last a lifetime.
When I think of those kinds of teachers, there are two that come to my mind. My first ever primary school teacher, Mrs Hollands, who knew that each child was unique and needed to be taught and dealt with in different ways, and my A-level maths teacher Miss Schofield, who never stopped looking for new ways to help me to understand things, when I had a mental block around a new concept she was introducing.
There are good teachers, there are great teachers…and then there are teachers who literally transform the lives of the children in their care.
Mrs Reifler definitely fits in the latter category.
When she realised that the children in her class were suicidal, she changed her curriculum…and the ripple effect is spreading fast and wide:
I believe so strongly that we need to give our children the knowledge and life skills that will help them to be come whole, fulfilled adults…not just focus on the one-dimensional restricted curriculums that currently dominate our education systems.
Here’s to more Mrs Reiflers…here’s to creating an army of teachers across the world determined to set the children in their care up to live life to it’s fullest…to understand how to love themselves and nurture their own feeling of self-worth and self-esteem, how to create happiness in their lives, how to have mutually fulfilling relationships and how to make the choices that are right for them.
So today I would like you to join me in acknowledging and celebrating Mrs Reifler and her one-woman mission to genuinely serve the children in her care in the best way possible to help them to create the lives that they want and deserve. If you would like to see more Mrs Reiflers in schools all over the world, please share this story so that we can spread the word about the difference that an alternative approach to education can have.
I hope that one day in the future my children are lucky enough to have their very own Mrs Reifler x
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
- Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!