Here’s to the teachers that make a difference

Like every other parent in Canada, your kids are at home being schooled through some form of distance e-learning. No doubt to varying levels of success. Teachers are doing an amazing job of trying to learn a new teaching tool, and reaching out to their students to provide instruction and tutelage. I know some teachers are truly going above and beyond the call of duty to check in with their students mental health in these trying times.

It makes me think back to my days in school and the impact certain teachers left on me and my classmates. If you were a student at Assumption Secondary School in Burlington, during the 1990’s then you’re familiar with Claudio D’Amato, or D as he was more affectionately known amongst the students. I took religion with D in my grade 12 year. During the class we focused on human psychology. He had a method of making you challenge your assumptions and grow as a human being. And find a confidence and passion in yourself that you might not have known was there. When you hear stories about teachers that have a profound impact on a students life, it’s Claudio D’Amato that they are talking about.

Which is why when I discovered a column in The Spec online yesterday, I couldn’t help but nod along and say yep, that’s D.

You can read it here.

And to all the other teachers out there struggling along with distance learning and keeping your passion for your students alive. I can say as a parent without reservation, it’s not gone unnoticed. Keep up the good work.

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