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I remember sitting in high school math wracking my brain over algebra. I struggled to figure out each painstaking problem. My brain could not make sense of the numbers. My heart thumped against my chest with each passing moment. My forehead wet from tiny beads of anxiousness seeping out of my body.
“Deep breath,” she said.
I looked up at my math teacher. Should could tell I was nervous. My leg jittered beneath the desk revealing my anxiousness to everyone around me.
“Deep breath,” she said again.
I inhaled as much air as I could into my lungs and then allowed it to passively whoosh out of me. Following her steady instruction, I did it again. And again.
In and out.
In and out.
Calm enough to think, the math problems became clearer and clearer.
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My math teacher made all the difference.
Two days later, my teacher revealed that I passed the test.
Without the help of my high school math teacher guiding me through each challenging math concept, I would’ve never made it through.
She took the time to help me after school, when all the other students went home.
She took the time during class to answer question after question, never once acting annoyed or making me feel dumb for asking.
She took the time to remind me to breathe during each math test, instead of looking the other way.
She never left me hanging, and I’ll never forget her. That’s the thing about teachers: they have the ability to make an impact on a student’s heart and mind. An impact that students carry with them forever.
It’s been nearly 15 years since I last saw my math teacher. I still hear her calm and steady voice whisper “Deep breath” when my heart starts thumping against my chest.
She probably has no idea the impact she had on my life.
But I do.
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