I was lucky to have had some great teachers. However, one stands out in my mind and in my heart because she helped me through a very difficult time in my life. She was my speech and drama teacher in high school. She was caring, intelligent, and did not accept failure. She taught us to observe and listen carefully to all sides of an issue. She was a model of eloquent language. She promoted reading and the arts. She went to all lengths to take us on field trips that changed our perspectives on life. She used her own money to enhance our learning experiences. Of course I did not know this at the time. I lost my father to a rare kidney disease and I was devastated when he passed. I had been kept in the dark about the seriousness of his illness and his passing was a shock. I missed school for about two weeks because, to make matters worse, my mother became very depressed and I felt that I had to stay home to take care of her. This teacher called me every day at home. She guided me to help my mom and I was able to