English 1106: Composition I 57
Becoming All That We Can Be
There are many people I admire and respect – parents, friends, and coworkers – but one person sticks out when I think about success: Mrs. Grossman. Mrs. Grossman, or better known as Ann to some, is an English teacher at Cloquet High School. I came to know Ann through my senior study hall, though; I was never blessed to have her as an English teacher. However, through study hall I learned many things about Ann; the main thing I learned was throughout all aspects of her life she is an extremely successful woman. The key reason I think Ann is so successful in much that she does is because she perseveres. She never gives up; she gives it her best and keeps trying until she succeeds.
First, Ann is a very successful wife and mother of three. Through becoming fairly close with Mrs. Grossman over the past year and a half I have had the privilege of meeting her lovely family. She and her husband, Mike, have done a great job raising their children. Their kids are nice, polite, and very well rounded; however, they still are kids and do end up getting in a little mischief. I think, though, that if you ask any mother they would hope for their own kids to be like that. Much of Mrs. Grossman’s “outside of school” life (yes, despite what many of us still might think, teachers do have lives outside of school) is consumed with her running her kids to practice for this or games for that. Even though I’m sure Ann could find much more pleasing things to do than constantly running her kids to sports and watching them play, I don’t think she would have it any other way. Ann is so successful in the family aspect of her life because Mike and her work so well together in trying to introduce their kids, and prepare them for their lives ahead—and though I am not a parent, I think that that is all you can really do for a child.
Next, Ann has been very successful throughout her career as an English teacher. She mainly teaches tenth graders, trying to explain the importance of reading and some important life lessons through her avid lesson plans of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, and all of those other wonderful books. As previously stated, I have never had Mrs. Grossman as an English teacher, but I did talk to some of my classmates who did have her. Catlin said “Mrs. Grossman was a great teacher, probably my favorite English teacher.” I asked her why she liked Mrs. Grossman and she replied “Because she had a way of making me understand things, because she put them in words that I could understand, and gave me real life examples. She really understands how people learn.” Even with Mrs. Grossman only being my study hall teacher she helped me and all of the other students with anything she could help with. I believe these things are what makes a great teacher: being able to make your students understand the material being taught, and being willing to go above and beyond her regular duties to help anyone in need.
The final thing that I believe has made Ann very successful is a little more difficult to explain, but correlates a lot with her career. Mrs. Grossman is also very successful because she helps many others be successful. From teaching students many life lessons to doing all she can whenever she can. Personally, Mrs. Grossman has helped me with much of the success I had in my final year or high school, and much of the success I have had post high school. She prepared me for interviews, helped me with college and job applications, and is always there for me—for whatever I may need. I do believe Ann and I have a more special bond than many of her past and current students, however, she is willing and does help anyone in need! Someone needs to be successful in order to help others succeed. It also takes someone very admirable and respectable for them to take their success and pass it on to others.
Ann Grossman is someone I admire and respect very much. I also truly believe that she is one of the most successful people I know. She may not be successful in how much of society measures success: big houses, nice cars, and having lots of money, but she has been tremendously successful with her family, her careers, and helping others. A very smart man once said “success is a personal standard, reaching within us, becoming all that we can be,” this describes Mrs. Grossman to a tee.
Kersting, Catling. Personal Interview. 19 March 2011.