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Larry Berger, CEO of Amplify

It can often take until adulthood before one finally understands the wisdom imparted by our classroom teachers. Sometimes, it’s not until we lead and guide others that we appreciate what educators do every day.

Starting and running an education company isn’t for the faint of heart. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked industry leaders to recall one teacher whose advice has guided them through the ups and downs, twists and turns of the entrepreneurial journey.

Some of the most memorable lessons didn’t make much sense as a kid. Others start off as small gestures—like a hug or a handshake. Sometimes, those special moments meant staying after school to help—or staying in touch long after one has graduated. Whenever and however they happen, these experiences make an indelible mark beyond the classroom.

To every educator laying the groundwork for the future, Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.

Lifelong Homework Lessons

Larry Berger, CEO, Amplify

Ms. W was my 10th grade English teacher. She was quiet and prim and seemingly from a more formal era than the noisy Reagan decade we were navigating. She gave us ambitious, intellectual things to do with literature and helped us choose hard things to read.

But most vivid for …read more