Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The POWER of a Substitute Teacher

I think I was in my freshman year of High School when I had a substitute Teacher by the name of Mr. Detar.  He was filling in for my poetry class while my Teacher was on leave.

After writing a few poems, Mr. Detar asked me if I would like to send them out for a contest.  I was extremely shy and told him that I didn't want to.  He told me that my poems were that good and that I might be able to make some money for them.  Again, I told him that I couldn't do that.  Even though I didn't know Mr. Detar that long, he made an impact in my life.  For the first time, I felt that I might have a gift in writing poetry.

My life took a turn and I later went to work as a Secretary right out of High School.  After my third daughter was born I chose to become a stay-at-home mom and also had one more daughter.

The desire for writing was planted deep in my soul, from Junior High and High School creative writing Teachers, to Mr. Detar.  I did dabble with poetry off and on throughout the years and sent a few out to various publications, but could not resist the temptation to include two poems within my book ~ Legend of the Mer.

So thank you Mr. Detar wherever you are!  ;)


  1. It's good that you can reflect fondly upon an adult that helped to steer you in a positive direction of who you are today.

  2. Thank you Michael, yes, we never know how a kind word or deed will reverberate. I guess what we sew we reap and others too, so it never hurts to be kind to others. ;)

  3. So wonderful to have a teacher who believed in you like that:)

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  5. Okay, here we go again:

    Thanks tf, I was so shy then that I probably just wanted to be invisible. I'm still a lot like that, but writing and the way the world has changed has allowed me to sit in the comfort of my own home and chat with you all! Lol! I guess I really like being a self-published author for that same reason. I have a feeling that Mr. Detar was that way with most of his students. ;)

  6. How wonderful! I had the same support from 2 of my teachers in high school and that's where my first writing dreams were born. I love how God uses each of us (even substitute teachers) to make an impact that last a life time.
    Many blessings :)

  7. Thank you Debbie, it is amazing how God does begin to sculpt who we are meant to be. He does even use Substitute Teachers! ;)