I loved Mrs. Lammers for many reasons: her passion for baseball, the way that she brought characters to life when she read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and most importantly how she made an intentional effort to connect with me while pushing toward higher levels than I thought possible. I was not the highest achieving student, nor was I the hardest worker. School was just not my thing; I really struggled with reading and did not put forth the effort to get better. However, it was different with Mrs. Lammers, as she held this incredible belief in me and made me want to learn more each and every day. She showed me that mistakes are not fatal, reading Sports Illustrated for Kids is completely acceptable if it piques your interest, and intelligence is not fixed: success will come to those who work hard and find their passions.
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