" When the National Science Foundation asked the "breakthrough" scientists what they felt was the most favorable factor in their education, the answer was almost uniformly, "Intimate association with a great, inspiring teacher.""
-R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
I think we all need some sort of a mentor, or a role model, or an inspiring teacher in our lives. We may have one, or we may be fortunate enough to have several. Great teachers can give us more than we can get from books or history lessons. When we form a personal connection with a teacher, we also learn from that teacher's life experiences. It is meaningful to us because we understand that the teacher is invested in our learning, he or she cares. That inspires us.