Do you remember a teacher that changed your life? I do. He was my 11th grade Algebra teacher and the football coach, Mr. Fetzer.
Mr. Fetzer wasn’t a tall or big man. He had short hair parted and the side and taught algebra with the intensity of a football coach. It was his passion and compassion that made him remarkable.
My high school was a vocational school. One week was spent in academics and the next week I learned diesel mechanics. Because of this my math classes were scheduled back to back. We had a 4 minute intermission between classes where we could go to the bathroom, hang out or catch up on homework. One day during that intermission Mr. Fetzer showed me more compassion than any other teacher ever had.
One day I was very tired so I decided to take a 4 minute nap during the intermission. The problem was I fell asleep and didn’t hear the bell ring for the class to begin. I was awakened by Mr. Fetzer gently tugging my ear. Then, in a kind voice he asked, “Are you ok?”. Now this was important because he was not mocking me or yelling at me. His tone of voice was one of caring and concern. I said, “yes”. Then he said, “ok, sit up”. And that was it.
From then on with him as my teacher I got all A’s. That’s important because prior to that I failed Algebra once in regular school and once in summer school. I even had an excellent tutor at that time but I just couldn’t get it. Mr. Fetzer was a great teacher but more importantly he showed me how much he cared.
As Zig Ziglar says, “People don’t care how much you know until you show how much you cared”. Who’s caring has changed your life?