I can think of two teachers who inspired me & influenced me. I just had to chuckle at their true names. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones.
Mrs. Smith's husband may have been related to my mother's family whose name was Schmidt prior to World War I. They changed their names to Smith because of the extreme prejudice against the Germans in this country. Mrs. Smith was one of my home ec teachers. In those days, it was required to learn how to sew for a girl to graduate from high school. But she was so much more than that. She taught me a lot about faith, and about respecting others and myself.
Mrs. Jones was my senior English teacher. She had a way of giving confidence to her students to succeed in the world as we were preparing to graduate from high school. I also tested into more advance classes in college because of the way she prepared me for the future.
I am not sure that Ihave ever accomplished it, but I always wanted to model myself after these two women.