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My Life as a Teacher – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

July 27, 2010

By Yehudis Fishman

Teaching is changing the world for good, one person at a time.

Like the famous role in Mr. Holland’s Opus, teaching for me was often an afterthought. On one hand, living as a welfare child in the slums of Roxbury, the Judaic teachers at Maimonides School in Boston during the 40’s and 50’s were both my heroes and my saviors from an otherwise humdrum life. But so were the literary and mythic figures that captured my imagination in classic literature. So, as my graduation drew near, being a teacher was too ordinary a profession for a dreamy, somewhat introverted Jewish girl. But, as the saying goes, “A mench tracht un Gott lacht,” or its contemporary counterpart, “Life happens when you’re making other plans.”

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