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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!