It’s Teacher Appreciation Week: How has a teacher given you the power to do more?

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week: How has a teacher given you the power to do more?

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My favorite teacher growing up was my middle school science teacher, Mr. Strack. He taught through experiments, interactive lab assignments and compelling lectures making science both fun and interesting. Mr. Strack’s class was so exciting his students were learning without even realizing it. I know first-hand that teachers have a lasting impact on our lives and help shape who we are.

Today during Teacher Appreciation Week – and every day - I find it a sincere privilege to shine a huge spotlight on teachers across the nation and around the world. A favorite part of my job is seeing a teacher in action and witnessing the special connection between them and their students. It’s that moment when a student discovers how to do something for the first time, that moment when a teacher figures out how to address a student’s individual learning style and that moment when a teacher is moving about their classroom with a set of thirty or more eyes full engrossed in what they are explaining.

Over the years with Dell Education, I have met thousands of teachers around the world and have been so fortunate for each of these opportunities. Know that your work, your dedication, mentorship and leadership – not just in your classroom but as the school day extends past the four walls of the classroom – is appreciated and it is noticed. The innovation and knowledge you bring to our children will have a lasting impact on their lives.

Today and this week, we’re honoring each and every teacher out there – in classrooms and in the community. Please follow along throughout the week using #topteach on Twitter as team members across Dell share the importance of teachers in their lives. I also invite you to share how a teacher has given you the power to do more using #topteach and by following the conversation from our Twitter handle @DellEdu.

Tonight, we’re excited to have our student guests Zak Malamed (@zakmal) and Allison Wu (@allisonswu) plus others join us on Twitter at 8:30 pm EST for their first #studentvoice chat. Please join us as we hear straight from students about their favorite teachers and what they think makes a great teacher.

As a leader of Dell’s work in schools around the world – and as a parent and grandparent – THANK YOU to each and every teacher out there! We appreciate you.

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  • Thanks to Mrs. Gibson and Miss Thompson. I still remember many things you taught me all those years ago.

    And to Peggy Atwood: it's pretty simple—I would not have been the man I am today without the guidance and support you offered me over the years. I bet there's many out there who feel the same way. Thank you!

  • I've had so many favorite teachers it's hard for me to pick just one.  I feel like all of them have had an imense impact on my development.  I'm so happy to be working at a place that celebrates these amazing folks!

  • Educators leave a big imprint in the lives of children everywhere. I personally am very grateful for the kind souls who guided my development all along the years. Thank you Teachers!! :)

  • Thank you Ms. Barber, my kindergarten teacher, for teaching me creativity and for paving the way of learning for years to come. Thank you Mr. Mac, my fifth grade teacher, for encouraging uniqueness and thinking out of the box. Thank you to all the teachers and other school leaders I get to work with every day - your leadership, hope and creativity encourage me. And, a huge thank you to Mr. Benny, an amazing educator and innovator in schools, who I'm also proud to call my dad.