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“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

– Bill Gates, American business magnate, philanthropist, humanitarian

Today is Thank A Teacher Day! Teachers can have a huge influence on our lives and leave lasting impressions. We asked a few locals to tell us who their favorite teacher was and why!

Speak Up!

“I’m going to say my favorite teacher was Mrs. Ada Adkins at Lenore Grade School. She always believed in me and told me I could do anything I wanted.”

– Steve Burke

“My favorite teacher was Gail Morgan at Williamson High School. She taught senior English/literature. She loved what she taught, which made her class and learning enjoyable. Her husband, Fred Morgan is a close second. He taught Spanish.”

– Angie Brock

“My favorite teacher? I’ve had lots of great teachers like Jo Agnes Anderson and Rose McCoy, but I have to say our band director Larry Surber impacted me the most. I felt like a nobody and he turned me into a phenomenal drummer and leader. I became section leader in our high school band, First Chair drummer for Mingo County, West Virginia schools and Third Chair in the entire state. I never dreamed of signing up for band at Williamson High School would change my entire life.”

- Ralphie Hall

“This is a very easy question to answer. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Sonya Picklesimer. She was a tough teacher, but we learned the most from her. She also made learning fun.”

- Angel Venturino

Have a Favorite?

Who was your favorite teacher? Did you ever take time to thank him or her? If you’re still in school, stop by and tell your favorite teacher thanks! Like the saying goes, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.”

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