We love our excellent teachers at TIA! But we want you to do something before you continue to read this article. Do an internet search by typing in the words “Quotes about Teachers” into the search box. Then come back. Amazing yes? If you type in any other profession on the face of the earth, you will not see the same love and respect shown as you see for the teaching profession. Why is that? Because teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions! We wouldn’t have doctors, lawyers, astronauts, computer programmers, engineers, or any other profession for that matter if there hadn’t been a teacher to teach! From the moment we are born we are learning, which means someone is teaching! One thing is for certain -- Teachers do not choose their profession for fame, glory, or money. So why would someone choose to be a teacher? Well, for one thing, they have been given a gift. Not just anyone can be a good teacher. One must not just possess the knowledge to teach, but also the ability to share knowledge in a way that makes the student retain it and want more. But teaching is so much more than just disseminating information. Each teacher is unique and yet there seem to be some universal traits of excellent teachers. Think about your favorite teachers. Bet you will see a lot of their characteristics listed here.