WHEN I was in primary school I was a rat of a student who didn't pay attention and was constantly in trouble.
By the time I made it to high school I was well behind a lot of students in terms of my grades.
I couldn't spell, I rarely picked up a book and I was always at the principal's office having shreds torn off me for playing up in class.
It wasn't until my English and History teacher, Mr Con Torrisi, pulled me aside and convinced me to take up after-school tuition that things started to turn around.
A couple of times a week we'd run through extra lessons while snacking on KFC chicken.
Through the course of Years 8 and 9 I completely changed my attitude towards learning and developed a deep passion for history, to the point where I was dead set on becoming an archaeologist.
It is this sort of extra effort that is celebrated during World Teachers' Day.
More than 100 countries around the world recognise the day and seek to highlight the important work our educators do in preparing young minds for the world of tomorrow.
Second to close family members, primary and secondary school teachers are some of the most important people in young people's lives in terms of how they shape attitudes.
My spelling is still pretty ordinary but I doubt I would be the person I am today if it wasn't for Mr Torrisi.
Did you have a teacher who changed the course of your life?
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