Student recalls a teacher who was more than a teacher
By Sheena Harris
I was blessed to have the most unbelievable music teacher a person could ask for. I had just moved to a new school when I was in the 5th grade. I had her, for not only music class but as I moved into the high school she followed and moved there as well.
When I hit the 9th grade, I was having a lot of issues both at home and I gave up on school. If it wasn't for that music teacher becoming one of my best friends at that time, I wouldn't be half the person I am today.
I just want to say that teachers are like step-in parents. While your children are at school, you are not there to see their actions and to look over them and help point them in the right direction. Teachers are the ones who try to stop problems and help prevent issues from happening. They are there to offer help and options.
If it wasn't for Gail Richmond back then and the fact that we still talk to this day, I would not have looked at life or made it through the situations I did. And I am very thankful that she took the time to talk to me and just to check on me every now and then. I feel very honored to say that she is one of my closest friends to this day.
(Sheena Harris is a student at Greenville High School. Gail Richmond is a member of the Greenville Faculty Association.)