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Teacher saved his spelling

Teachers, are they important?

I often wonder. Are the periods, the commas, the quotation marks and all other parts of a sentence or paragraph in their proper place? All the words are spelled correctly? What is in a word? How important is a name? Does it matter?

When I was a little guy, I had a speech impediment. I could not pronounce words, and so consequently I could not spell them correctly. This was brought to my attention abruptly in the second grade. I would not be able to continue on into the third grade until I learned to spell.

God put my second-grade teacher into my life that summer. She taught me how to pronounce words while looking directly into a mirror. She had patience, love, understanding, knowledge and all the good qualities teachers have. She realized how important learning, teaching and, yes, spelling are to children. One more thing. She taught me to care without suggesting.

I was blessed. I went on to the grades that follow, and in the eighth grade was valedictorian. I spend more time in the dictionary today, still wanting to learn, pronounce, and spell correctly. It seems like yesterday, but it was long ago, myself being 53 this year. This all came about through good orderly direction, my second-grade teacher and God Himself.

Think about your children’s teachers. Are they not worth it? I applaud all teachers. Give them the respect they justly earn.

John B. Janes

Grass Valley

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