National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and the YBC staff wants to recognize some of the most influential educators in our lives, and give our readers the opportunity to do the same. Ever wish you could tell your 3rd grade teacher how much you appreciate how she encouraged you? Or how about your high school Spanish teacher that helped you build the foundation to become a bilingual adult?

These people help shape our lives for many years after our time with them has passed – they build our confidence, develop our skills, and recognize our abilities so that we can blossom into the best versions of ourselves.

We realized that YBC is a unique platform that can connect many of our readers to their former educators – so please, take advantage of this opportunity and thank your teachers in the comments!

Here are some words of appreciation from YBC:


“The teacher that had the biggest impact on my life was Mr. Guinto from Freedom! Mr. G. taught me everything from Economics, to World Cultures, to even Computers! He has been retired for quite some time, but we have kept in touch.”


“Some of the most influential teachers in my life are the ones that inspired me to become an educator myself. At Center, we had legends for teachers. Some of my personal favorites I had in class were John Bickerton, Tom Alexander, Anita Flasco, Joe O’Neill, Ken Kalmar, and Ellen Policastro. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me throughout my four years.”


“I had an excellent lineup of teachers from start to finish in the Beaver Area School District. (The former) Mrs. Watt captured our attention in 1st grade with engaging humor and a hefty dose of imagination. I remember reading one of the very first stories that I wrote – The Golden Tree – at the front of the class. Mrs. Stedford made 5th grade science fun and engaging – back then, by the way, Pluto was still a planet.

Mr. Pilarski taught – and still teaches – Arts & Crafts. Art and creation have been important to me since childhood (seriously, I was an 8 year-old carrying a briefcase of art supplies everywhere I went), and Mr. Pilarski always encouraged ingenuity and thinking out of the box. When the assignment was to create a clay mug, but I wanted to make a mouse, he taught me that there was a way; I’d just have to figure it out. Born was a mug shaped like cheese, with a mouse bursting through it and a tail as a handle. Thank you, Mr. P, for teaching me to problem-solve and fostering my creativity.”


“I’m not a graduate of a BC high school, I went to Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, but I had many great teachers. Mrs. Forgrave (English) taught me time management and helped me fine tune my writing skills. Mr. Naveh (history) sparked my love for history with his enthusiastic teaching style. But it was my music teacher, Ms. Abadilla, that I’m thankful for the most.

I was never a music kid (sports were more my forte), but decided to sign up for orchestra class my freshman year and Ms. A handed me a viola and that was the beginning of a 4-year commitment. I came to understand the importance of music in our lives and in our education. I have three kids and we are just starting the school phase of their lives and I will definitely be encouraging them to be involved in music!”


“I had a rough beginning in kindergarten, which could have caused me to have problems throughout my school years. Luckily, after that, I was blessed with amazing teachers who changed that course and helped foster my love of learning and curious nature. 

My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Novak encouraged my love of reading. She created a fun environment, where we were constantly learning through various activities. The stories we read that year helped create my lifelong interest in history.

My middle school teacher, Mrs. Tanner was another who helped foster my love of learning. I studied in England and traveled through most of Europe, thanks to her stories of studying abroad. They helped spark my love of culture and travel.”

Now it’s your turn – give a shout-out to the amazing teachers that have made an impact in your life!

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Ella Parker
BC born & raised, Ella spent her childhood playing in the woods, and her teens exploring them on horseback. These days, when she’s not on duty as a vet tech, she is busy staying active with her beau and their young son.

She is forever curious and has a playful personality, but is also fiercely driven and dedicated to her passions!