by Mayra from Delano
"If you don't have patience and the belief that these children can learn, you will have a difficult time coming to work each day. But if you believe in these children, the job is very easy to do."
Wow! Where do I start? I met Mr. Distefano in my eighth grade year in Almond Tree Middle School. We had a seventh period intervention/enrichment class and I got Graphic Arts with him. At first, I wasn't sure if he was a nice teacher or a mean one. Haha. I am not going to deny that I was scared and nervous at first. However, once he started introducing himself and talking to us, my fears melted. He just has this way of talking that makes everything all right. The mean teacher I had in mind turned out to be the complete opposite.
Mr. Distefano is a hero to me because of who he is as a person and what he taught me. Mr. Distefano is the Special ED teacher at this school and the kids just love him. He has this way of giving warmth and love to everyone he sees. He listens to your problems and helps you the best he can. Anytime I needed someone to talk to, he was there. Even if he would start talking about Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes, and such (which was pretty confusing to me, haha) he would treat me more like a friend than a student. He gave me encouragement and confidence. He taught me that anything in this world is possible and is just a step from where I am at. I just need to keep on going and not let anyone or anything stop me from obtaining what I want.
Mr. Distefano has and will always play an important role in my life.
He is an inspiration, a role model, a universe freak (haha) but over all these things, he is a hero.
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Last edited 12/27/2009 12:00:00 AM
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