This week, many of my dearest friends will start back to a new semester full of faces and papers and syllabi and meetings. This new start is both exciting and daunting because of its promise of fulfillment and the impending work included.

I know this feeling, even now as I return to teaching at a college for the first time in a year and try to remember how I managed to do everything I did. Even now as I plan my online creative essay writing class that starts tomorrow. I’m excited and a little nervous.

So on days like this, I turn to Taylor Mali and get a good reminder. For all you teachers, remember what you make. For all you writers, this is writing that makes a difference.

Who is your favorite teacher? What difference did s/he make in your life?