The two biggest influences on teachers are their collaborating teacher and the teachers they had as learners. Lester Laminack shared that bit of research a few weeks ago at his amazing Lola and Lester workshop. As I drove home that day, I thought about my own teachers and my collaborating teacher. Which one did have more influence on me? While I can say I had some AMAZING teachers, I believe my collaborating teacher, Cathy Jefferson, has impacted me the most. Cathy is a great teacher. She loves what she does and never stops learning. Her passion inspired me and it still does 11 years later. I can be standing in my first grade classroom now and think to myself, "What would Cathy do in this situation?" Cathy also loves literature. She is an animated reader and introduced me to some of my now favorite authors. She loves Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley and she shared that love with me! I've been a fan for 11+ years and turn to Joy Cowley's works immediately when helping a struggling reader. I also love reading the books to my own son and he is a huge fan, too.
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