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Who was the teacher(s) or the person(s) who cared for you? Who was the person that ignited a spark of inspiration and learning for you?

When I was in primary school I had a fabolous woman as class teacher who I think of fondly to this very day. She was by far the oldest teacher at the school and in fact she retired when we left after four years. Many thought she might be to old to put up with a class of 22 boys and seven girls. In fact for me she laid a foundation not only on the topics in math, geography, german but taught me how to learn and how to pursue a meaningful life. I learned how to connect with people, how to respect everyone not only those I agree with but even those I dislike.
After this four years I was blessed with another great teacher. My class, maths and physics teacher for the first three years in secondary school. In a unique way he didn't only teach me the curriculum but the methods I still use today to learn any subject, how to read a text and how to extract the essence of everything I read.
I was then blessed again with another great teacher in my formal education when I was an apprentice. From him I learned how to lead as a role model, how to give feedback, even very critical feedback with an inherit assurance that he was at my side to help me develop every potential I wanted to reach. To this day whenever I have a challenge with one of the members of my team I ask myself how he would handle that.
And even after my formal education I do still encounter wonderful teachers. During the last years I visited the most wonderful workshops and with the help a great teachers gained amazing insights.
I feel really blessed by having had the great chance to be mentored by so wise and loving people. And I want to acknowledge the impact they had on me.
Who made an inspirational, wise, loving impact on your life?

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