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Support Concord's Teachers on World Teachers' Day

In celebration of World Teachers' Day, give a shout out to your favorite teacher or reflect on a moment when a teacher affected your life in a positive way.

World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Concord Public Schools how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.

Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”

This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers.

UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Education International and UNICEF.

More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.

Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their kindness, humor or educational impact.

On World Teachers' Day, we can remember them by looking at issues and obstacles they may face, knowing that the brightest and most motivated teachers need to be continually attracted to a profession whose status continually needs improvement socially and monetarily.

Hey guys, Patrick here.

As your local editor, I typically like to stay out of the story, and try to respect the proverbial Fourth Wall. But in this case, I'm going to break from tradition.

To celebrate World Teachers' Day, I'd like to ask you, our readers, to use the comments section below to give a shout out to your favorite teachers and/or share a memory of a time when a teacher affected your life.

So, to get it started, here's mine:

Favorite teacher has to be Mrs. Claire Lent, who bravely taught my Honors English class senior year at Clinton High. She's tops for always being honest with me and about me, for reminding us that teachers can be respectful of their students while still commanding the respect of their students, and for being creative enough to teach and challenge us through the end of our high school experiences.

The moment would have to go to Desmond McCarthy, a professor of English at Framingham State. It was the time when, toward the second half of the spring semester of my second junior year, Desmond stopped me outside of an Intro to Journalism class and challenged me to think about my future, at Framingham State and beyond, and the role journalism could play in it. Accepting his challenge set me on the road toward internships, the school paper, jobs and so much more.

Now it's your turn.

TELL US: How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below.

Samantha DeSuze October 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I want to give a shout out to my favorite gym teacher at CCHS, Jerry Moss. I'm a graduate from the class of 1986. The school had started a program called Adaptive P.E. for students with learning/physical disabilities and Jerry was my teacher. It was a smaller class with maybe 6 students total, and it focused on individualized sports. (Tennis, running, raquetball, and other fitness programs) To be honest with you, as a teen I hated Gym class. To make matters worse, with a Learning Disability team sports were a complete disaster. Not being able to grasp concepts of a simple soccer game or how to play baseball were alien to me. Never mind focus, and coordination. In comes "Mr. Moss" and the new gym program at CCHS. I would learn how to focus, grasp concepts, and hand eye coordination. Tennis though, still not my best game. But I'm killer on a mountain bike and skis. AND I love baseball. I might have hated gym class, but Jerry Moss made it just alittle bit better for this girl to succeed in life.

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