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edu180atl: katherine correll 10.9.12

Throughout my three years that I’ve spent in high school, I have crammed my brain full of calculus formulas, chemistry structures, the eleven sentence paragraph, historical dates, and much more.  But if you asked me what I truly LEARNED from my high school teachers, that’s an easy one.

1. Freshman English Teacher – You’re going to fail and experience more defeat and tragedies than you can imagine, but it’s how you pick yourself up and recover that matters.

2. Sophomore Math Teacher – Don’t be afraid to count on others, because it’s those who we can rely on that help get us through.

3. Sophomore/Junior Global Citizenship Teacher – You’re not always going to be liked or accepted, but never let that change you, only let it make you more secure of who you are.

4. Junior Ethics Teacher – It’s our failures and struggles that develop the strong character that defines you.

These teachers have one thing in common – they were honest with us about the struggles they have faced and the ways in which they overcame them.  If I have a problem, personal or academic, I would not hesitate to seek out one of them for advice, because I admire and respect those four teachers to a fault.  It’s true that your family and friends shape you into the person you are, but your teachers also do.  It’s the teachers who share with you their struggles and accomplishments that help shape your character.  So find those teachers, and don’t be afraid to rely on them.

About the author: A junior at Holy Innocents’, Katherine enjoys learning, being around friends and family, and doing anything she can to make a difference.

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  1. Simon Chio #

    I can’t agree with you more. Believe me, I remember much more regarding the life lessons my calculus teacher taught me than the subject itself. It seems like your teachers are doing a great job of providing both an academic and lifelong education.

    October 9, 2012
  2. Natalie Sterrett #


    I love your post. It’s honest and sincere, and with this insight you will get so much more out of your education.

    October 9, 2012
  3. Thank you, Katherine. But your character was beautifully shaped before you walked in my classroom door.

    October 9, 2012
    • Katherine Correll #

      Thank you Mrs. Chesser! But the impact you had on each and every one of us in your class is indescribable!! We miss you so much!!

      October 10, 2012
  4. Nicely done, Katherine!

    October 10, 2012
  5. What a thoughtful post, Katherine. Although many of us may wish life came to us in neat little packages with bows, it is in the messy process of meeting our challenges and overcoming them–often with the help of others–that we learn and grow. I like to think these experiences just makes our boxes and bows that much more beautiful.

    How wonderful that your teachers were so willing to be transparent. Sharing our “successes and failures” invites one another to be human, not perfect.

    Lovely post, indeed.

    October 11, 2012
  6. Katherine,

    What a glorious post about the stuff that matters most, that possesses real endurance. Thank you for such a thoughtful and grateful reflection. Brava!

    October 12, 2012

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