Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

I HAD some very spe­cial teach­ers dur­ing my school years, who went above and be­yond any­thing re­quired by their job to en­sure all the stu­dents in their care reached their full po­ten­tial – Miss Ho­gan (pri­mary) and Miss Mad­den (sec­ondary) are two that im­me­di­ately spring to mind, even though it’s more than two decades (gulp) since I was un­der the tute­lage of ei­ther. Both gave their all to their jobs and, re­spec­tively, in­stilled in me a love of English and maths that en­dures to this day. I even had thoughts of be­ing a teacher my­self but once I was in­tro­duced to news­pa­pers, it took a back seat as a ca­reer choice. Teach­ers can have such an in­flu­ence on the chil­dren in their care and can shape some­one’s life in ways they don’t even re­alise. On page 30, we meet Mag­gie McDon­nell, who moved to the harsh Arc­tic vil­lage of Sal­luit to teach when her sis­ter told her of the des­per­ately high youth sui­cide rate there and asked her would she be in­ter­ested in help­ing. She has since been given a global teach­ing award for her in­spi­ra­tional lessons there – and well de­served too. IF, LIKE mine, your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions have al­ready gone by the way­side, on page 38, mo­ti­va­tional speaker Ciara Con­lon tells you how to work out what changes you need to make, how to im­ple­ment those changes and how to en­sure you stick to them – for good!

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