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Teachers should be rewarded - Jaya Franklin

There are many people in the world who do nice things for others, but never receive credit where credit is due.

Take, for example, teachers. They deal with children and/or teenagers eight hours a day, sometimes more, on a low-paying salary, and they hardly ever get recognition for the work they do.

When I think of teachers, I think of people who have a passion for their careers. Someone who wants to educate others and will try to do so by any means necessary.

I commend teachers, because I know their jobs are trying on a daily basis. Sometimes, I get overwhelmed just thinking about the patience that you have to have to teach children.

I'm sure that teachers become frustrated when they see a child who does not take his or her future seriously, and may not be interested in learning.

If I were a teacher, and one of my students failed while I was his or her treacher, I would be pretty disturbed. I know some of these things are out of the teacher's hands, and fall on the parents, but just the thought would upset me.

I had a couple of great teachers in my lifetime, who wouldn't give up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself.

When I was a teenager, I had a writing instructor, named Rachel, and she would push me and encourage me to try new things. In college, one professor who made a major difference in my life, was Murdell McFarlin.

Mrs. McFarlin was my professor for Advanced Television. She studied me for awhile and found out my weaknesses, which I had tried my best to conceal. She taught me not to run from them, but to work to improve or eliminate them, instead.

I have run into several people, who have given me valuable information that is essential to my everyday life, and I consider all of them to be my teachers.

It wasn't until I enrolled in college, and had a couple of professors who pushed me to try new things, however, that I finally stopped being bullheaded and actually started to listen.

I found out that I could do anything that I put my mind to.

Anyone you can think of, who is successful, had a teacher who helped him or her get where that person is today.

The teacher may not have been, technically, a "teacher" -- as in classroom teacher. The person may have been a mentor, a family friend, or even a stranger.

Regardless of their position and/or status, the person who received the help wouldn't be the man or woman he or she is today without those who offered help along the way.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.