I recently served as a judge for the Silver Knight Award in science for Broward County high school seniors. I was so impressed and moved by these students’ dedication, passion and incredible intelligence. The students had more than impressive academic grades, they also demonstrated a profound compassion for those less fortunate, along with a commitment to making life better for them. They were mature beyond their years, and I know that somewhere down the line, I’ll hear their names associated with some wonderful advancement that will make the world a better place.
I ended each interview asking: Not counting any family member, who is your hero, living or dead, and why? More often than not, it was not some internationally known figure, but rather a teacher. I don’t think that there’s any greater compliment that a teacher, or anyone for that matter, can receive. This unforgettable experience was proof that teaching is, and will always be, the most important profession in our society.
Ron Magill, director, communications and media relations, Zoo Miami, Miami