World Teacher Day: Thank you, Teachers

October 5 is World Teacher's Day.

Teachers make a lasting impression.

Many of us can still remember a lesson or even an acronym we learned in school along with the teacher who taught it to us.

In honor of World Teacher Day, we spoke with a few teachers attending the Quincy Conference to find out why they chose to teach and what they’ve learned in the process.

"I was actually in college. I didn't think that I would want to do this. I was in college and I used to do volunteer work in a school and it just hit me," said Brandi Many, a Physics teacher at Quincy High School.

Chris Tavony traveled to the Quincy Conference from Colorado to serve as a guest speaker.

"I think I always knew I wanted to be a teacher there was just something really fun about showing somebody how to do something and them getting it. Them figuring it out," Tavony said.

Darlene Corgiat is a second grade teacher in Pittsfield.

"That light bulb goes on and you can see that they understand it," said Corgiat.

Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb says every day at school can make a difference in the lives of kids.

"Teaching has taught me that it's important every day to make a difference in kids’ lives because what they're going through, we don't know. We don't know what's taking place at home but we do know that's taking place at school," Webb said.

Gayle Roskamp teaches Reading, Language Arts and Religion at Blessed Sacrament.

"Teaching has been a dream come true for me. I've enjoyed it. I can feel like I can make a difference in a child's life every day. Maybe not every child but every day I can make a difference in a child's life," said Roskamp.

Betty Lawless is a Spanish teacher at Quincy High School and strives to help them improve each day.

"I just love being around the kids, teenagers especially and see how I can find ways to help them have a better life," Lawless said.

Tavony’s advice to future teachers is that there’s no right way to teach.

"Nobody's got it figured out and I think teaching is incredibly complex and I think that a lot of people who have gone to school think that they know how to do school and I think that the work that teachers do has to be constantly changing," explained Tavony.

Thank you teachers for all that you do!

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