I have had many good teachers in my life, but not all necessarily in formal educational settings. I had a WONDERFUL preceptor when I first came out of nursing school. Vielke was calm, knowledgeable, helpful, nonjudgemental, friendly, and the patients and staff loved her. She could work her way around a difficult patient load, while never panicking. My third grade teacher, Miss Glass, was someone who loved teaching. She taught us how to have fun while we learned. I still can sing the 50 states in alphabetical order because of her. Vickie was my mentor in womens' health education, specially childbirth and parenting. She was so invested in her students. She used her humor, passion, and personality to teach in a charming and endearing way.
There have been many teachers along the path, each making their own impact on how I teach and why I teach. But the part of teaching that I am most thankful for is how much I enjoy it. I learn from my "students" as much as they from me. Each class, no matter the subject matter, is different from the last because the audience brings its own life experience to the lesson and that is something that I incorporate into how I teach. It's a performance without the heavy makeup and usually without special lighting, but a performance nonetheless.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. : )