The Best Advice We've Gotten From Teachers
By Rachel Seitz
At Climb, we’re proud to partner with schools that provide a high-quality education to their students. And a lot of that is down to the teachers who work there, coming in day after day to help the people in their classrooms build the skills and knowledge necessary to reach their goals. (In fact, one of our partner schools, American College of Education, is dedicated to training teachers themselves, further strengthening the environment in these classrooms.)
Everyone on our team knows the value teachers can bring into students’ lives. So we asked a few Climb employees what lessons they received from teachers that still stays with them to this day. Check out all of the wisdom below!
“My grade school art teacher had a nearly-rhyming and often-repeated catchphrase: ‘take a mistake and make it great.’ It’s something I think to myself fairly regularly, sometimes when I spill coffee on myself in public, often when doing my eyeliner, and especially when set painting. (I can guarantee I’ve said it out loud within the last few months while painting the Tower of London.)”
“I have had a lot of great teachers who had a positive influence in my life. One, in particular, was a college professor who helped me get through some very difficult times in my life and gave me many wise words. She once told me something along the lines of, ‘try to add some of your passion into the work you make. If you aren't excited or interested in what you are doing, your work will suffer and people will notice. Not everything will be your dream scenario, but you should at least be adding a part of you to what you do.’ This has been a quote that stuck with me and guided me in my career path.”
“‘D.D.I.C.’ My high school physics teacher always said this when we were trying to solve complex problems with multiple pulleys, weights, and levers. Everything would be inter-connected, but he would just say, ‘It doesn't matter; just think of everything else that's not immediately connected as a D.D.I.C.’ So, now whenever I get stuck solving complex problems, I try to see how much of what I'm doing can just be simplified to a generic Dead Donkey in Cement.”
“In college, I had a fantastic Advertising teacher who taught me a lot. He once told me something simple that has been really helpful throughout my career and personal growth: ‘If you don't know where to start, look at what other people have done.’ He wasn't advocating plagiarism, of course, but he was noting that it's okay to look toward others for inspiration.
"As I've worked on teams, I've also seen that this is a valuable skill for all teammates to have. Being able to look at how others have done something can make a project seem less daunting and can help get tasks moving.”
We’re so grateful for the opportunity to work with passionate, dedicated teachers like these. And we’re excited to continue our work with ACE, as we help provide the financing needed for many to pursue a career in education and continue this tradition of inspiring students.
In the words of Dan Holstine, former COO of ACE: "Climb makes it possible for every single ACE student to get access to affordable financing and immediately increase their earning potential for a true return on investment."
Since 2005, they’ve been committed to their mission of delivering “high-quality, affordable and accessible online programs grounded in evidence-based content and relevant application, preparing graduates to serve, lead, and achieve personal and professional goals in diverse, evolving communities.” We couldn’t agree with this mission more!
Interested in receiving student financing and meeting some inspiring teachers yourself? Check out our partner schools here:
And if you work at a school full of talented and committed teachers and would like to learn more about Climb financing for your students, click here for more information about our partnerships: