As early as the fourth grade I had several teachers that encouraged my writing and made writing both a challenge and fun. In high school I only had one teacher that encouraged me to write, gave tough assignments and would grade down a paper with poor grammar. Mrs. Reinhart, I will never forget her and how much I loved her class. She would take current song lyrics, deconstruct them and pull lines out and say here are the first two lines of your story, finish up in 15 minutes. She was also one of the only teachers I had that acknowledged how smart her students were and always talked to us not at us.
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