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                      It’s not fully accredited for all and to the extent
                                        A teacher does
                        For a child, all that will be and for an adult,
                                          All ever was

                        It should no longer be ignored that a teacher
                                            Shapes a life
                             The scope within the duty far extends 
                                           Degrees of rife

                          They are literary prophets that instill a 
                                            Code of ethics
                       And they equally accept both the “norm” and
                                            The eccentrics 

                            Despite common theories, there is no 
                                             Teacher’s pet;
                           For, judgment not they pass, but it’s the 
                                         Willing that they let

                     They earn and deserve much respect; yet, they
                                         Do not demand it
                      What morally they teach, imperfect homes steal
                                             Like a bandit

                          No, they are not supreme authority on how
                                          It’s supposed to be
                          But, they try damn hard to teach our children
                                             For you and me.

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  1. Date: 11/7/2010 3:09:00 AM
    i'm a math science and music teacher. i love this yes we do so much and i'm glad u appreciate us

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 10:27:00 AM
    Teacher's certainly don't get paid for all that they are worth and they certainly do shape lives. Thanks for commending teachers's. Thay so deserve it. And thank you for commenting on my poem "A Tiny Room" Love, Susan

  1. Date: 8/27/2010 8:31:00 AM
    They seem to be unsung heroes Kimberly. The time and dedication they put into their days is quite remarkable. Thank you kindly for your lovely comments >> James

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 4:03:00 PM
    A wonderful hommage to teachers! Nicely done :) hugs, Kris

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 1:52:00 PM
    Great message. The teacher shapes the child for the better part of their day, then the bad parents sucks it all away. Thank you as well for your other comment. Though I agree to let the man die with dignity, I was also questioning my right to end a human life, regardless of what state he's in, its sort of like playing God. Take care -Yoni

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:12:00 PM
    Very wonderful tribute to teachers. They are not praised enough for all they do for our chldren. Have a great day! Scarlett

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 3:26:00 AM
    for someone who teaches toddlers, this struck home, Kimberly!! Thank you for such a wonderful poem about teachers ^_^ thanks for all your wonderful comments btw--nikko :)

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 5:13:00 AM
    Some of my favourite people in this world are teachers! :)

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 8:43:00 AM
    A rewarding career to have such influence albeit often not acknowledged until years later Kimberley.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 9:32:00 PM
    Great teachers are a rare breed!

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 11:45:00 AM
    Awesome, to write on my profession with such respect as you have done here. And also, include how we should get better pay too. haha. I am in a private adult school and get much less than a public teacher! (actually we do have a few "pets" now and then, just try not to show it. heehee) LUv ya, Andrea

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 1:53:00 PM
    I like this one Kimme. You are my shero :o) Your writing is moving and inspiring!!

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 1:34:00 AM
    Good write, Kimberly. Teacher's teach by actions and not just books. Sometimes I wonder where the children look when choosing their life actions. I think it is not in books. Morality not taught at home (Teachers have the children MOST of their waking hours.) must not be taught by a teacher's views, but it does radiate in the actions of her heart through soft spoken words as kindness looks. I enjoyed your poem. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 10:07:00 PM
    Too true...I have a number of teachers in my family and wouldn't take on that job. Good work and keep it up! Dan C

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 5:42:00 PM
    A very nice tribute, touching and well penned!;)

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 9:58:00 AM
    So much responsibilty beyond the educating of children-role model/mentor/surrogate's truly the most underappreciated field in our society-great write Miss Kimberly!!

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 7:49:00 PM
    Teachers definitely make a strong impact on our life and we should be grateful to them. Very well written. Thank you for sharing and thanks for your comments on mine. Caroline.

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 6:20:00 PM
    Well the good ones do!

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 5:52:00 PM
    you said it beautifully!!

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 6:46:00 AM
    Yes! I taught public school for 30 years. There were some good times and some bad, but while I was teaching music I did make some impact. A few have gone on to teach others - one is a principal of a high school. Teachers are poorly paid and, for the most part, not treated with the respect they deserve by the parentw and students. Good write. Love, daver