Thanks To My Teacher is a modern movement to rediscover an old, but sadly diminished, tradition: respect for teachers.

At the very core of our initiative is this irony:

As a society, we have strayed from our long cultural tradition of respecting teachers.

Yet as individuals, so very many of us cherish the memory of a teacher who changed our life for the better.

We believe the key to helping society rediscover respect for teachers lies in the cumulative power of our many individual memories of – and thanks to – teachers who made a difference in our lives.

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New York Times best-selling author Jill McCorkle thanks Ruth Prevatte, her third grade teacher in Lumberton, NC.
Comic & playwright Lewis Black thanks Will Geer, his  history professor at the University of North Carolina.
Peaches Houser Golding, Member of the Order of the British Empire, thanks Clarise Carter, her fourth grade teacher in Winston-Salem, NC.
William Friday, extraordinary Tar Heel, thanks Wilma Thornburg, his 7th grade teacher in Dallas, NC.
Bland Simpson, author, musician and raconteur, thanks Audrey Austin, his fourth grade teacher in Elizabeth City, NC.
Bill Smith thanks his high school English teacher in New Bern, NC, Jo Maxwell Whitley.

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