Teachers are truly amazing! They sacrifice so much for their students, and they can have such a huge impact on those whose lives they touch. As just a small dose of the impact you can have, here are a few Reading Horizons employees sharing why they are grateful for the teachers who have blessed their lives:
I have been blessed to rub shoulders with amazing educators over the course of my career—individuals who are absolutely committed to changing lives through education and especially through literacy. I’d like to give a shout out, though, to someone who made an overwhelming difference in my life as a young person: Mrs. Kofford, my Kindergarten teacher. She took a nervous and shy little boy who had just turned five and made me feel like I was home. I can still remember the warmth that radiated from her face and the reassuring feeling that she exuded. I am grateful for educators like Mrs. Kofford who help students everywhere to want to engage in education, because their passion for helping people is uncontainable.
- Tyson Smith, Company President
Victor Hugo said, "He who opens a school door, closes a prison." I agree with that. Teachers can do more than educate; they can empower our children with the skills for a bright future.
- Joe Billman, IT Director
My time at Reading Horizons has been filled with interactions with teachers from across the United States. I have truly gained a new respect for what they do and how much they truly care about their students. The day-to-day life of a teacher is challenging and, oftentimes, unrewarding. I have learned that the success of their students is what truly brings them joy and is why they do what they do. One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity I have to “peek” into a classroom and to hear about the success that they are experiencing.
- Ryan Burwell, Channel Manager
I admire teachers. They do more than just tell us new things. They inspire and help us to be more than we already are. They open our minds to new thoughts and ideas. Without many kinds of teachers in our life, we would become stagnant in our progress and slowly lose ourselves into dark places. I have had many types of teachers over the years, all the way from the traditional kind in schools to my nieces and nephews. I love learning what others can teach me. I'm better off for those wonderful teachers in my life.
- Alisha Thomas, Office Manager
Teachers are the real key to this method. There is nothing like seeing the face of a student light up when they have the tools to read a word. When a teacher experiences success with this program, there is no going back. It is a lifelong tool for the student, as well as the teacher. I expressed to a friend one day that I wished for a musical talent. She looked back at me and said, "You can teach someone to read!" With this program, I feel like I have made a difference in the lives of many of my students.
- Natalie Anderson, Implementation Coach
I am grateful for my teachers, because without them I wouldn't be able to do this job. I can read because of my teachers. I can also write because of my teachers. My teachers also taught me accountability. If it weren't for the teachers that I had, I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you to all of my Highland Elementary, Lehi Jr. High, and American Fork High School teachers. You're the best!
- Shauna Ziegler, Implementation Coach
During all of my school years, the moments that made me the most grateful for teachers and that left the biggest impression on me were the moments when my teachers took a second to see me as an individual. When I look back on those years, I don’t remember any lectures or lessons—I remember teachers pulling me aside to tell me the potential they saw in me. And I’m still grateful for those moments and think back on them when I need an extra boost! The memory of those moments also makes me support the blended learning movement—which, when implemented correctly, gives teachers the potential to have so many more of those moments. And I know that the more moments there are like that, the faster education will improve.
I’m also grateful for the time my teachers put into all of the lessons and lectures that I don’t remember, but which I know dramatically shaped the knowledge and understanding I have today.
I am also grateful for the teachers who teach our program. When I was first exposed to our methodology, I felt an instant surge of jealousy for the students whom were taught with our program. I’m so grateful that there are teachers who deliver effective reading instruction to their students—because without teachers, nothing would change or improve.