I am writing in response to Barbara McLachlan's "A lesson for naysayers: Teachers work hard and face challenges for the kids" (Herald, June 6).
I had the joy and privilege of having McLachlan as a teacher and mentor throughout my high school career at Durango High School. I walked into her honors English class as an unsure freshman and walked out in love with literature and creative writing.
I so thoroughly enjoyed her class that I registered for the only class she taught that I could take as a sophomore: newspaper. Her dedication to El Diablo is immense, deep and often overlooked. She inspired me as a news writer, and I caught her love of journalism, eventually becoming one of the two head editors.
Throughout my time as editor, I saw McLachlan dedicate herself to her regular classes and the newspaper simultaneously. She answered all questions from the staff writers, photographers and administration. She kept up with students who were excelling but also those who were not.
During my four years at DHS, McLachlan kept up not only with my concerns at school, but also with my sports, future, family, job and personal triumphs and failures. As she mentions in her article, she really does get up at 4:30 in the morning, she stays late, she grades in her free time, and she is involved with her students. Simply put, she is what a teacher is supposed to be.
My life was forever touched not only by McLachlan's dedication, but by all my teachers' dedication to my success. Forever inspired and touched by the love McLachlan instilled in me for English and writing, I am now a junior English major at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. I am on my way to a career that I am incredibly passionate about and could not have gotten there without the help of the teachers who have instructed me throughout my academic career.
And to all you naysayers: If you can read this, you need to thank a teacher.
Kyra Rogers, Durango