Katherine Hannigan, author of one of my latest favorite books comments on the teachers in her stories during an interview on amazon.com:
I write about great teachers like Ms. Washington (in Ida B) and Lionel Terwilliger (in True) because I know how important teachers are. On any weekday, many children will spend more time with their teacher than with their parents. And so much learning is happening in school—not just cognitive or motor stuff, but social and ethical stuff, too. When a teacher’s really good, kids are learning things like how to be decent people, how to do the right thing after doing lots of wrongs, and how to help one another be their best.
Thanks, Ms. Hannigan! I couldn't agree more!
(and if you haven't yet checked out True (...sort of) by Katherine Hannigan, I highly recommend it!)