This is a collection of inspiring stories about teachers, mentors and other special people who have made an impact on our lives. These storeis are collected from people of all ages, professions and backgrounds. Some are famous -- Joe Paterno, Jimmy Carter, Rev Desmond Tutu, Shari Lewis, Steve Allen -- while others are ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. Included are comments from current students between the ages of 4 and 22 who present their criteria for a really great teacher. An inspiring gift for teachers just starting out or those with decades of experience.