To the Teacher Who Made Me


To the Teacher Who Made MeAs we grow up, people touch our lives in both big and small ways, and leave imprints on our hearts forever. Growing up I had several teachers that made an impact on my life. Three amazing teachers come to mind when I think about my time in school: Mrs. Stanton, Mr. Duff, but most importantly, Mrs. Williams.

Jane Goodall once said, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Mrs. Williams was my freshman year mixed-choir teacher and she too was new to Halls High School. I immediately felt like she cared beyond the student-teacher role. Freshman year is tough, kids are trying to find their way in the world, while maintaining friendships and dignity. High school, especially freshman year, was no easy task for me.

During the spring semester, Mrs. Williams was the only person who noticed my weight fluctuation and asked me if I was okay. I’ll never forget she followed our talk by saying, “Tell your momma to buy some jeans that fit.” This was one of the many attributes that made her special. She will first check on your well being and then make you smile and laugh. By the end of freshman year I had fitting jeans and a “favorite teacher.”

By my junior year I had earned a spot in madrigals. During that year I spent more time with this group of kids than I did with my family. We spent most nights of November and December performing for Christmas parties, banks, nursing homes, etc. Mrs. Williams receives no extra salary for the late nights and early mornings, but she truly deserves it. I don’t know how many nights we weren’t home until 10pm and she woke up every morning by 5am for an early morning workout. She didn’t become my favorite teacher because she was funny or even took us to the Bahamas (though she deserves a Medal of Honor taking 20 TEENAGERS on a cruise ship to sing). She became my favorite teacher because she not only made class fun, but she taught me life lessons. We spent many days talking through heartaches and girl fights. She listened, gave advice, and always made sure to check up on the issue. She shared her own struggles, life mistakes, and was always honest. Mrs. Williams, if you read this, you’ll never know the impact you’ve made on my life. 

Teachers, remember your students are more than a grade. They have real problems, real questions, and sometimes you may be the only one with whom they feel comfortable talking. 

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Hi, my name is Kailey. I am a Registered Nurse turned high school Health Science Teacher. I am a proud wife and mom of 1. My sweet Brady (any football fans?) was born in August 2018. I am a Knoxville native and absolutely love the area. Where else can you drive to a beach, major city, or mountains in less than 6 hours? I married my husband in May 2017, we have known each other since he was 16. I love all things true crime, Disney, crafts, and Mexican food . If we aren't at work you will find us traveling or planning our next trip. We have a passion for traveling and our goal is to visit all 50 states. I do also work as a travel agent. I absolutely love planning vacations for families. I have been a travel agent since 2016. At the end of the day all we have left are memories, I make sure each and every family creates lasting memories. I'm most certainly not an expert on being a mom, but I hope to add some experiences and outlooks being a "millennial mom".


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