6 Times Teachers Exceeded Everyone’s Expectations

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Teachers are some of the world’s most underappreciated heroes.

As if doing the bare minimum wasn’t taxing enough for educators, there are so many who go above and beyond their job description. From working outside of their hours to paying for fun experiences for their students using their own money, it’s awe-inspiring to see just how much they love our kids. We’ve gathered 6 of our favorite examples below to spread the love!

1. Kindergarten teacher finds a way to do her job while fighting cancer.

Credit: Edwin Visalden
Kelly Klein teachers her kindergarten class from M Health Fairview Lakes Medical Center while undergoing chemo

When Kelly Klein’s cancer returned, she began enduring five-hour chemo sessions. Although she’s been through this kind of thing before, because of the pandemic, she wasn’t allowed to have any visitors. That’s when she came up with a brilliant way for her to interact with the students she loves so much!

2. This teacher gave a student the shoes off his own feet so the teen could walk across the stage and get his diploma.

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When the student’s shoes didn’t match the dress code, John Butler stepped up to save the day! He wrote, “Here’s the funny part tho… my shoes were two sizes bigger than his, so when his name was called, he had to slide his feet like Sleestak across the stage.”

3. Lawyer has emotional reunion with the woman who taught her English.

Ana Reyes and Pat Harkleroad | Credit: Kentucky Department Of Education

Ana Reyes moved from Uruguay to the U.S. at just 5 years old. Unable to speak or read English, she struggled to keep up in school. Thankfully, a kind teacher noticed and began to give her additional assistance an hour before school even started. Now a lawyer, Ana was finally able to find and reunite with the teacher who changed her life.

4. Teacher adopts one of his students to help him get a liver transplant.

Being in the foster care system can be tough on a kid, especially one with health problems. Thirteen-year old Damien desperately needed a new liver, but without a stable home, his chances of getting one were low. That’s when math teacher Finn Lanning stepped up. Not only did he offer to foster him, but he even ended up adopting him!

5. Kindergarten teacher takes his students on a virtual field trip.

When the pandemic forced schools to go online, it was hard on a lot of people, students included. To make their day a little brighter, Michael Talcott decided to take his kindergarteners on a virtual trip to the zoo. You can even hear how excited they are!

6. When a kindergartener started to get bullied for her short hair, her teacher had her back.

Teacher and student now share a haircut and matching hair accessories. Willis ISD

Five-year-old Prisilla Perez’s bubbly personality changed when the other kids started making fun of her new, short hairstyle. Her teacher, Shannon Grimm, noticed this and it broke her heart, so she came up with a brilliant idea… she cut her hair, too!

Words can’t express how grateful we are that these wonderful teachers are willing to go the extra mile for their students. The impact they make is truly immeasurable!