A Teacher Who Meant The World To Me

When I was in High School in Park Forest, IL, I had the fortune of meeting an English teacher who meant the world to me. His name is Michael Raftery. I found him a while ago on Facebook and it felt appropriate that I should let him know what he meant and still means to me today. So here is a copy of my Facebook post to him:

“I’ll be 50 in May. In reflecting on the most important people who have positively influenced me over the past 50 years, I must tell you that you are within my elite group. I was your student at Rich East ’79-’82. I still hear your voice and advice. You have encouraged me to dig deep, to expand my thinking, to put my soul on paper for prosterity. You have inspired me to be a poet, a writer, to mine my own imagination, to learn with enthusiasm about other poets and writers. You enlightened me with music, and I learned it’s medicinal properties. You turned my “on” button on and I was able to look at the world in a different way. I am a better person because you have touched me all those years ago and set into motion the parts of my life and psyche that I treasure most. You are an excellent teacher, a life coach, an extraordinary man and I thank you with love. Jill Angel Langlois”


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