When I look back on my own experience, I devote this year to people within the profession who have made an enormous impact on me- both spiritually and/or professionally. I devote this year to Dennis Mallette, the best teacher anyone could ever ask for in high school. He was there for me through think and thin, through hard times and good times. He made me want to be a teacher. Through times of conflict, turmoil, and feelings of complete and utter defeat, Mr Mallette was a fixture in my life; steady and strong and always willing to offer words of support and kindness that helped me get through.
I devote this year to one of the best teachers I have ever worked with, Michael Knott. A long time veteran of the international circuit who has made a massive difference in so many people's lives, both students and teachers. Michael's current battle with cancer has not, in the least, dampened his enthusiasm for life or taken a second away from the kids he teaches. He inspires me. One day, I want to be in my 60's, like him, and have had such a huge impact on the kids I have taught, as he has had on the thousands of people he has taught over the years. Anybody who has ever worked with Michael will all agree what a fantastic and loving person he is.
I devote this year to the best coaches I have ever had. The coaches that pushed me forward, believed in me, stuck by me, and taught me about what is important. They made me never want to give up and to be the best I could be with the abilities I possessed. To you all I owe the world.
I devote 2012 to bringing out the best in every student I teach and becoming better at the profession I have chosen. I hope that every teaching professional that reads this can reflect on and cherish what has also led them on this path. All the best in 2012.