I have a million thank-yous in my heart for a handful of what I consider to the be the best of the best teachers. These are the ones who taught me not only the curriculum, but also who I wanted to be through those lessons. One stands out among all the rest. My high school choir director, Vernon Pipkin, remains to this day the biggest musical mentor in my life. His love for his students and his way of making us realize our fullest potential will always make him the "music man who gave us more than music". He died of cancer only 4 years after I graduated high school. He was in his 30s. I know that he is still missed by all of us who were so lucky to have been his students.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and my kids' school has a full agenda of thank-you activities to show the staff the love they deserve. Today, the PTA hosted a luncheon and raffle for the teachers. CREO donated some special treats to be raffled off. All made with lots of teacher love for the special people that help mold us into who we are destined to be.