Sponsors of Literacy

I am deeply connected with the idea of a sponsor of literacy. English is a very important subject to me, and other members of my family. My father was a writing major in college (before deciding he wanted to work in education) and one of my older sisters is an English teacher, and both of them, especially my sister, are people I look up to and have since I was a kid, so this was a heavy influence on me. Seeing my family be passionate about something I could replicate made a massive difference in my reading and writing. My older sister that ended up as an English teacher is named Chrissy and she is about 12 years older than me, which is like the golden age difference for a childhood hero. She basically taught me to talk, and while my father and I read together, Chrissy would write stories with me and together they ignited my passion for writing and creating. When I began school, I had several bad English teachers, up until sixth grade. On the first day of the sixth grade, my English teacher terrified me. She was loud and I was shy and intimidated. Yet, as the year went on, she seemed to take a liking to me and I’m the type of person who needs to be forced into a friendship, so her aggressive approach to befriending me, while on the outside probably seemed to make me uncomfortable, was something I found very meaningful and helpful. I will honestly never forget it. During this time period I was starting to develop issues, she noticed, and tried her best to work with me, and help me. I’m so thankful for her, and her willingness to protect me made me absolutely adore her class. Shakespeare’s plays are still one of my favorite things to read when I need to comfort myself thanks to her. She retired after I graduated that year, and we spoke once out of school, where she thanked me for being concerned about her well being one day when she was upset. Even just typing out this story about her has completely inspired me and reignited my passion for English, writing, and reading. I genuinely believe that a family that values English and even just one kind teacher can change a child’s view on literacy completely.

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