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  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  2 months ago +394

    My teachers are wonderful. I’d love to hear your best story about a teacher who helped you. #ThankYourTeacher

    • job berry frith
      job berry frith 2 months ago

      Hey 🎉 I like the content just remember live life,love your self and just do it

    • El'endia Starman
      El'endia Starman 2 months ago +1

      Mr. Willis in 3rd-5th grade was the one teacher that made math *fun* for me, and it has been my lifelong first love. I have a BS in Applied Math but to this day I still greatly enjoy recreational mathematics and I constantly play around with patterns and games.

    • Krater Void
      Krater Void 2 months ago +2

      We need to thank our more , teachers like you ❤❤❤

    • The Uneducated Biologist
      The Uneducated Biologist 2 months ago +1

      I had a spanish teacher in 9th grade named Señor Rankin. He taught me that learning can be fun and easy. He also taught me that there’s a time and place to be silly.

    • LucenProject
      LucenProject 2 months ago +3

      For those of us not in the know, what is Tag Class 6:41?

  • TestarossaGZ B
    TestarossaGZ B 2 months ago +2034

    Thank you, Destin, for fifteen years of wonderful education

    • Straight Up Shots
      Straight Up Shots 2 months ago +15

      Yes! Another great educator ❤

    • Joshua Swidrovich
      Joshua Swidrovich 2 months ago +13

      Seriously, Destin is a person to aspire to be. When I have kids these mans videos are going to be an example of what a role model should look like.

    • anonymeister123
      anonymeister123 2 months ago +4

      My teacher did the same thing with Viola Swamp!

    • grgb1998
      grgb1998 2 months ago +3

      Literally has become an educator himself. And one of the best ever too.

    • ninjajeb
      ninjajeb 2 months ago

      100%, best teacher ever. Thank you Destin

  • Wooten Basset
    Wooten Basset 2 months ago +125

    I’m a teacher. The respect you just showed for your teachers inspires me to keep being the best teacher I can be. Thank you.

    • Gary Whitt
      Gary Whitt Month ago +2

      Thank you Wooten, from the rest of us who can’t or won’t teach the way you can! We appreciate you!

    • Will Johnson
      Will Johnson Month ago

      Graduating this year and can only say there's 1 teacher out of my whole school I'll thank for being such a genuine person. Need more teachers like you fr

  • Jason Tucker
    Jason Tucker 2 months ago +223

    First hand knowledge...since I was in Mrs Teague's Trig class with you (the Tiger Tales yearbook was my senior year). You were always fun to be around and definitely one of the smartest people in the class. Glad to see the Lord has blessed you and you are doing so well. Love the channel!

    • SmarterEveryDay
      SmarterEveryDay  2 months ago +56

      On the city’s southern border…

    • Millillion
      Millillion 2 months ago +9

      I didn't have any of the teachers mentioned in this video, but I did spot a few I had in the yearbook shots.

    • Zach
      Zach 25 days ago


  • Rick Brumble
    Rick Brumble 2 months ago +228

    My 12th grade physics teacher, Mr. Ellis, allowed me and a friend to perform some experiments from written instructions during lunch. After nearly destroying the lab by not completely reading the instructions, he returned to find walls dyed green. Without getting the least bit perturbed, he said, "Now you understand the importance of following directions." That helped me in my 25-year career in the USAF.

    • Delivery McGee
      Delivery McGee Month ago +2

      My 10th grade physics teacher was a veteran submariner, a sonar guy, he was a crewman of the boat (USS Houston) that played USS Dallas in The Hunt For Red October, but he was on the other crew, he was on shore leave during filming of the movie. Had tons of stories from his colleagues who were extras in the movie, though. (for example, the Navy was really annoyed at the number of times they rehearsed the "emergency blow" scene, because breaching like that is ... a thing that is planned for and tested, but not good for the boat if you do it a lot.)

    • Im Cool
      Im Cool Month ago

      My statistics teacher is Mr. Ellis!

  • Paulman50
    Paulman50 2 months ago +273

    I think the one person that shaped my life the most was my first boss. When I became the boss, I made sure I treated my staff the same. He was an amazing teacher even though we were not in school.

    • Wrex 509
      Wrex 509 2 months ago +5

      The best boss I ever had set me up for success in every task he assigned to me. Ive never had any employees, but Ive led a lot of volunteer groups, and that was one of the lessons I've taken from it.

    • David Horizon
      David Horizon 2 months ago +6

      Such a good point. We can all be the good boss or coworker that teaches and helps others to succeed. I promise your best success will be the one where you helped someone else succeed!

    • Paulman50
      Paulman50 2 months ago +3

      @davidhorizon8401 two of my past employees are now close friends and are both multi millionaires.

  • Don Goddard
    Don Goddard 2 months ago +327

    I want to thank Brandon for pooting loud and giving us that great story! LOL

  • jadney
    jadney 2 months ago +57

    In an era when it seems like half of our population chooses to denigrate teachers and teaching, it's wonderful to hear someone who recognizes the great things they learned, from their teachers, in school. I had a wide range of teachers, but they ranged from average to terrific. I remember and cherish each of them. Unfortunately, I'm getting old and I suspect all of them have passed on by now. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity, a few years ago, to give my junior high English teacher a hug of appreciation. She was one of the terrific ones.

  • Ken DeBusk
    Ken DeBusk 2 months ago +14

    One of my most memorable teachers was the band director. He taught me about music, of course, but more importantly, he used a science fiction book to teach me about sociology and prejudice. Also, using the same book, he taught me that a book is not just a story (in most cases, there are exceptions), but it conveys a deeper meaning, one you get by "reading between the lines" and seeing the second level of the story. Thank you, Julian Herring!
    The other (yeah, I have two on top of the list, tied) taught me why you cannot divide by 0. Before, when I asked, I got the rote "That's just the way it is." When I asked this teacher, he reminded me that much like multiplication is merely repeated addition, that division was repeated subtraction. How do you divide 6 by 3? See how many times you can subtract 3 from 6 before reaching 0. Once gives you 3, twice gives you 0. Easy, right? OK, how many times can you take 0 from 6? No matter how many times you do it, even infinitely, you still have 6. You can never get to 0. Thank you, Donald Schwendimann!

  • llearch n'n'daCorna
    llearch n'n'daCorna 2 months ago +262

    What I find super interesting is that I HATED my childhood, and escaped from it (into books, or computers, or daydreaming) every moment I could; I still try not to remember my teachers, the other kids who picked on me, or anything at all about school. And this is wildly different from how Destin and others appear to remember their childhood, which makes me wonder what I'm missing, and if my life might have been very different indeed, if only things had been different. It also makes me wonder if anyone else out there feels the same way I did. Go figure.

    • Arcturus
      Arcturus 2 months ago +10

      same here

    • Rich
      Rich 2 months ago +34

      You're not alone. I was heavily bullied and beat up often (the poor kid easy target). The pure volume of it had to have been noticed by the teachers who did nothing. They DO pick their favorites and least favorites.
      I now know that i would have been in a better place if only just one teacher had taken time to protect me or even take more time to understand why i was the D and F student.
      Instead they played the "not my job" card.
      I hope you havent been held back too much from your real potential just due to a batch of bad teachers.
      Take care.

    • G A
      G A 2 months ago +22

      I came here to say the exact same thing. I’m so glad school is over. Most teachers were non memorable. The rest were just cruel.

    • jonathan2282
      jonathan2282 2 months ago +25

      I had a similar experience. I was a bright kid, but that flame was extinguished early on and I stopped caring at a young age.

    • Pervasive Doubt
      Pervasive Doubt 2 months ago +12

      I half agree with you and half agree with Destin. Sometimes I was isolated. Sometimes not

  • Daniel G. Benes Science Shows

    A few years ago I created a Thank You video for my 1987 Leander, TX High School shop teacher, Scott Simon, and posted it on FB for him to see. He didn’t have a FB page so I posted it on his wife’s wall. The response I got from him and his family was so touching it brought me to tears. His daughter, Monica, who I graduated with, told me her dad’s “thank you” response back to me was the first time he had ever posted anything on social media. Since then I’ve had past students thank me and it’s something I’ll never forget. 🤘😍🤘

  • Lucid Moses
    Lucid Moses 2 months ago +49

    I only have one teacher that mattered. The one that saw I wasn't a thug but rather just bored and switched me to the gifted learners even though my grades at the time didn't warrant it. That was in grade 7 and I left his class in grade 9 doing grade 12 work. That changed the path in my life immensely. I had tried to reach out to him like 5 years ago and found out he was no longer with us.

  • Tristan Maiolo
    Tristan Maiolo 2 months ago +451

    I chased down my old woodwork teacher a couple years ago 21 years after I graduated school and emailed him to thank him for teaching me what he did because I wouldn't be where I am today without his teachings. I really think he appreciated it - he's a principal now at a school in another town to what I grew up in! Side note my woodwork teacher is called Mr nail... True story!

    • found.
      found. 2 months ago +7

      Sounds like my high school cafeteria teacher. His name is Chef Boyle (pronounced boil) I just thought it was hilarious

    • purpleYamask
      purpleYamask 2 months ago +4

      Metalshop teacher named Mrs. Hammersmith. Lovely stocky gal, never seen anyone work so quickly and neatly with tinsnips.

    • James C Davis
      James C Davis 2 months ago +2

      My woodshop teachers last name was Noah

    • Bao Mao
      Bao Mao 2 months ago

      Hammer time !

    • AZ Card Guy
      AZ Card Guy 2 months ago +3

      Mr. Nail was predestined to be a wood shop teacher 😂

  • Bmonkeygurl
    Bmonkeygurl 2 months ago +11

    As a teacher, it is refreshing to hear someone recognizing how awesome their teachers were! This makes my teacher heart happy. :)

  • Ted Giblette
    Ted Giblette 21 day ago

    Of all the things to be grateful for, being grateful for the people around us is one of the most profound and powerful activities! Thanks, Destin for the awesome invitation! Going down memory lane and thanking some of the people that had a big impact on my life has been a joyful experience!

  • Science Olympiad Alumni Network

    Destin, we love being part of your yearbook! Hearing that Science Olympiad was a formative experience for you is incredible! When are we going to get you to do a video for us?! You, plus fellow alum Reed Timmer, the Storm Chaser... now that would be a pairing the internet needs!

    • Wendell Wu
      Wendell Wu Month ago +1

      Can’t believe destin was a fellow sciolyer 😭😭😭

    • J C
      J C Month ago +1

      Wow. I was watching Reed earlier

  • pkiller
    pkiller 2 months ago +2

    In 3 days you would have been teaching the world for 17 years!! Thank you for everything you have done!! :)

  • Bill Roberts
    Bill Roberts 2 months ago +1

    Destin, thank you for honoring your teachers who spoke into your life and encouraged you to ask questions. They made you want to know how things worked so now you can share the operation of something with your viewers. You are a warm-hearted, caring communicator. Blessing to you.

  • Always Falling Short
    Always Falling Short 2 months ago +415

    Hey Destin YOU'RE one of our teachers!

    • Érico N.
      Érico N. 2 months ago +4

      You said it all. And a exceptional teacher

    • Varlun Mulland
      Varlun Mulland 2 months ago +3

      @Érico N. Time for another teaching moment. If the following word starts with a vowel sound, then it's "an" not "a". For example, it would be "an hour", even though it starts with an h, the h is silent.

    • Atlas Feynman
      Atlas Feynman 2 months ago +1

      @Varlun Mulland So you're just completely fine with starting a sentence with "And"?

    • RedSquirrelHunter
      RedSquirrelHunter 2 months ago +3


    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 months ago +3

      A teacher is someone who makes you smarter every day.

  • Marcia Bentley
    Marcia Bentley 2 months ago +16

    As the daughter and granddaughter of retired Alabama public school teachers, I appreciate your demonstrating that there are outstanding educators in our public schools. I, too, grew up with exceptional teachers in the Birmingham public school system. As with any job, there are some who are mediocre, but there are many more who work hard to help their students see and bring out the best in themselves. A good teacher is a gift beyond measure. ❤ (If only they were paid that way.)

    • J.A.R. Family
      J.A.R. Family 2 months ago

      I never knew he was form 2 miles from me. I'm firm Decatur Alabama and he's from priceville Alabama. I always lied his content but now I'm super happy for him.

  • J Reese
    J Reese 2 months ago +4

    Interesting to read all the comments. I had some great teachers, and a lot of really bad school days too; but now I can learn from the past and move on. Thank you, Destin, for being such an influential teacher to me, and to the rest of us! You've helped me over and over as I teach the next generation of students. May the Lord encourage you!

  • Live The Future
    Live The Future 2 months ago +8

    Thank YOU Destin, for being the teacher that so many of us never had.

  • Franklin Bigbee
    Franklin Bigbee 2 months ago +19

    I’m finishing up with my 24th kindergarten class at the end of this school year. As a long time teacher I can testify to the power of a simple thank you from my former students. Last year I got an invitation to graduation from’Max’ for his masters in mechanical engineering. The fact that he tracked his kindergarten teacher down was one of most touching moments in my life.
    We teachers realize just how important and what wonderful things our students have taught us. I’ve taught hundreds of children one of the most important life skills they will ever learn, how to read. But they have taught me so much more. Thank you all my little bees!

    • J C
      J C Month ago


  • thebuzzcutboy
    thebuzzcutboy 2 months ago +1

    Science Olympiad also had a massive effect on my life. Cool to hear it inspired you to become an engineer too! Mission Possible was a really cool event, I liked scrambler a lot too.
    Thanks for sharing and edifying this community by fostering gratitude, it's a great from of worship.

  • Jason Mulderrig
    Jason Mulderrig 2 months ago +339

    I am about to graduate with my PhD in mechanical engineering in a few months. I have been planning on going through my old school yearbooks, find the contact information for my former teachers, and email them with my dissertation (and a heart-felt thank you message) as a small token of my incredible appreciation to them. I hope they find it meaningful!
    Edit: I am particularly excited to thank my science and math teachers from high school, who really inspired me and pushed me. Those particular teachers had no business in teaching at the public (non-charter) high school I attended -- they could have done bigger and better things. But they saw their teaching as a calling, and that really struck me. I am so grateful for the attention they gave to me, and how it has impacted me now.

    • Tripps Mclovin
      Tripps Mclovin 2 months ago +7

      Nothing would make them happier :)

    • Jumbo64
      Jumbo64 2 months ago +5

      I mean, personally, I would just send them a thank you letter.

    • Jason Mulderrig
      Jason Mulderrig 2 months ago +1

      I will of course thank my teachers in the email I will send them!

    • Jumbo64
      Jumbo64 2 months ago +2

      @Jason Mulderrig lol with the edit. I'm just saying, from my perspective, that I wouldn't send them my dissertation. It makes the thank you less about them.

    • sfurules
      sfurules 2 months ago +1

      I think it would make all of them happier than you can know

  • FishieDr
    FishieDr Month ago

    OMG DESTIN! I am also a Science Olympiad alumnus! I actually have come full circle and now coach for the same team I participated on when I was in middle school, under the SAME head coach! It was one of the most formative programs for me that helped guide me into my career in Veterinary Medicine. So happy to hear you competed in the program too! ❤❤❤

  • Mike's Garage
    Mike's Garage 2 months ago +2

    Dear Destin,
    I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the incredible work you do on your Clip-Share channel. Your videos are not only informative and educational, but also engaging and entertaining. You have a gift for communicating complex concepts in a way that is both accessible and enjoyable, and I know I speak for many when I say that your work has had a positive impact on our lives.
    I have been a fan of your channel for a long time and have watched many of your videos with my family. We especially appreciate your passion for science and engineering, and your ability to share your enthusiasm with others. Your dedication to sharing your knowledge and wisdom with the world is truly inspiring.
    I wanted to make a suggestion for future content. I recently watched a video from ActionLabs that showcased the phenomenon of two gauge blocks sticking together, even in a vacuum. I was fascinated by this and would love to see your take on it in a future video. I believe that your unique perspective and approach would add a lot of value to this topic, and I'm sure your audience would be interested in learning more about it as well.
    Thank you again for all that you do. Your work is truly appreciated and has had a positive impact on my life and many others.
    Best regards,

    • hipposn'syrup
      hipposn'syrup 7 days ago

      Email him this? Idk if he has a public email. Youtubw comments usually are the least likely place big Clip-Sharers would see thjs. Dms even work better

  • wonderwu
    wonderwu 2 months ago +13

    It's wild how well passion translates through all mediums. This video is so wholesome! It made me tear up just hearing how much you appreciate the people that have had an impact on your life.

  • G Barbarioli
    G Barbarioli 2 months ago

    That's beautiful Destin! So refreshing seeing this! It's sad to see that teachers in my country still undervalued and being target of physical violence

  • Carrie Aultman
    Carrie Aultman 2 months ago +82

    Not going to lie, I teared up at this. So good walking down memory lane with you, Destin. We had many of the same teachers, and I'm privileged to have worked alongside several of them.

  • Nathan Middleton
    Nathan Middleton 2 months ago

    I love this, not only for the simple act of showing your appreciation, but also for demonstrating how significant the impact of quality teaching can play on someone's life, and how we can all play a role in shaping a more positive future by looking after and nurturing the next generation, both in and out of the classroom!

  • Ford Jones
    Ford Jones 2 months ago +4

    Destin, you’re really the only one on social media where I can watch your videos and really learn something from you. From either how coast guard boats work or how a Saturn V rocket goes to orbit or even shooting a golf ball going 1,000 mph into a bucket of mayo😂. You teach me to not be afraid of asking questions or learn about things, so thank you for spending time teaching these awesome things for people like me.

  • Atomic
    Atomic 2 months ago

    Thank you Destin for this video. You, just like your teachers, in a way through your channel, have been a guiding light to people all over the world, sparking curiosity they never knew they had.

  • Matt Zeitz
    Matt Zeitz 2 months ago

    Destin, Thanks so much for sharing this. My mom was a teacher and it’s often a thankless job for various reasons, but my takeaway from this is that there are special people out there who engage with children in a certain way to understand what they need and how they learn, challenge them or comfort them when necessary etc. I can think of examples of teachers I had back in the day, but appreciate the shout out to yours

  • bridgecross
    bridgecross 2 months ago +10

    You went to a fantastic school. I learned a lot in school, but most of the teachers were disconnected from the students, even sarcastic and dismissive. I excelled in physics, but when I asked the teacher for a college recommendation he wrote one illegible sentence with a sharpie, and when I asked for a rewrite he humiliated me in front of the class. The chemistry teacher was a humorless, mocking troll. One history teacher just stood and read verbatim from the textbook while the students chatted amongst themselves, no questions or interactions at all. It was an angry dour place.

    • J.A.R. Family
      J.A.R. Family 2 months ago

      The schools around here (Morgan County) aren't fantastic. But we do have outstanding teachers. They're so caring an sweet. He turned out great

  • Grimm
    Grimm 2 months ago +159

    This video is cute but also makes me realize how much of my childhood school life was defined by being bullied and not having support from my teachers.

    • Amadeuss
      Amadeuss 2 months ago +11

      It's called life. Suck it up butter cup.
      Everyone was going thru ups and downs, just look back and think what you learn. 🤘🤘

    • Wayne Hajek
      Wayne Hajek 2 months ago +15

      Try to forgive those that hurt you. It helps to get past those memories. Turn that negative experience into something positive and treat everyone you meet with kindness and understanding. Stand up for those that need support.

    • Sascha Sauerstein
      Sascha Sauerstein 2 months ago +8

      @Amadeuss Great answer and well written. I guess that‘s exactly what he expected them to say when he was little. Oh wait I guess they did. Man education so easy.

    • K
      K 2 months ago +28

      @Amadeuss Stupid response. Being bullied in your formative years is not called life. It's called being tormented and having your confidence stripped from you, meaning you're scared to even show up to school.

  • toast_on_toast
    toast_on_toast Month ago +1

    Emotional stuff. My gf is a teacher and I'm actually constantly jealous I'm missing out on these kinds of experiences she is having each day, it must be an insanely rewarding profession. Here in the UK they are not paid enough and constantly stressed to breaking point, which is making passionate, talented people turn away from teaching. I hope things turn around soon.

  • Ztingjammer
    Ztingjammer 2 months ago

    Thank you Destin!! You're one of the channels I love the most!
    I have a long story with school, but the teachers I want to thank most are you Destin with SmarterEveryDay,, Veritasium, Physics Girl, Vsauce, Mark Rober, 3B1B, Numberphile, then one of my English teachers and the ones at Chalmers. There are several other channels I have forgotten to mention now, but I am really thankful for Clip-Share I must say.
    As a kid I kept asking people why certain things was the way they were, like math questions that I wanted to understand deeply, but people kept surpressing that, and so it took some years until my main interest in science, math, chemistry and physics grew.

  • tbaugh1214
    tbaugh1214 2 months ago +2

    Man, it would be amazing if my students put together a list of things I did that mattered to them. It's probably a thousand little things I do every day that don't really mean much to me when I think back on them, but it does to them. If you're thinking of reaching out to one of your old teachers, you should do it. It means a lot to us. 😁

  • Lowell Martin
    Lowell Martin 2 months ago +1

    Congratulations Destin, you had educators who were taught how to teach, and try to see the intelligence you had.
    Myself and others had those who seemed to be more concerned about behavior than solving your problems and helping you become a well rounded person.

  • Maxi Galera
    Maxi Galera  2 months ago

    This video is so so good, you are such a good person Destin and your teachers did a wonderful job with you and all the kids that went and go through their lives. Teachers, of any kind, are great and i wish everyone in the world appreciate their work, efforts and passion as you did here.

  • Craig Burnett
    Craig Burnett 2 months ago +111

    I think one of the best testaments to how good your teachers were, is that they helped make you into such a remarkable human, that out of the thousands of students they've taught over the years, they remember you as though it was yesterday. Good on you for having a chance to tell all those folks how much they meant to you. I'm sure each of them is over the moon!

    • Isaac
      Isaac 2 months ago

      The foundation starts from sound parental values.

  • dsher503
    dsher503 2 months ago

    I can only hope my son will grow up to be this curious and to have great teachers as you did Destin. Really great video and thanks for shedding some light on your teachers.

  • TimbukTuesday
    TimbukTuesday 2 months ago

    This is great timing for me. I’m about to graduate high school in 2 months. Because of Covid, nothing happened during those years, so we missed out on 2 yearbooks. I love my teachers, and I will definitely make it known to them before I leave for college. I’m going to be a math teacher myself, so I guess I’ll continue the cycle. Thank you the great video

  • SiriuslyStarkidHP
    SiriuslyStarkidHP 2 months ago +5

    Good grief, you’ve got me over here crying. I had a lot of great teachers in Albertville, too. God bless these good folks, hope our schools stay safe.

  • ChaoZ_2K1
    ChaoZ_2K1 2 months ago +13

    Made me realize that I really had crappy education from kindergarten to pretty much university. I don't think I was given individual attention even once through these years. Anyways I'm doing fine, about to get my bachelors degree in aircraft engineering in a year :D

    • USA WILL
      USA WILL 2 months ago +1

      I don't remember any of my teachers. The ones that were more interesting where the science and math professors. Destin's experience with his teachers is completely different then most of us.

    • Gabe Trout
      Gabe Trout 2 months ago

      Welcome to small-town North Alabama! Not to say all students in Priceville, Moulton, Cullman (West Point High), etc are well served, but by-and-large it's a great place with an amazing culture.

  • DTHRocket
    DTHRocket 2 months ago +11

    I was homeschooled. Thanks Mom and Dad. Now I'm working on space rockets, couldn't have done it without them.
    My wife is a special education teacher. She works with kids that scream all day. I hope that she can make a difference in their lives. Sometimes she doubts it and doesn't see the fruit. Maybe some day when they grow up they'll look back and appreciate her effort. I know I'm proud of her.

  • Matt Hatter
    Matt Hatter 2 months ago

    The teachers who take the time and effort to impact a student's life and experience in school are absolutely wonderful and severely under compensated for their role in schools. Thank you to all the great teachers out there.

  • Konstantin Tcepliaev
    Konstantin Tcepliaev 2 months ago +1

    This video sent me down the memory lane trying to remember my school teachers and what they actually taught me, and I'm jealous of you, Destin. I attended school in the Russian provincial town, Voronezh, between 1992 and 2002, and oh boy those were the hard times. I remember my primary school teacher with the great fondness, she taught me how to hold the pen properly among many, many other things, we kept in touch until she passed away about a decade ago. The middle and high school sucked, in part because I got bullied, but the teachers in general were just either not good at their job or had no mental resource to do it properly - 1990s in Russia were like "will I get the next paycheck? will it be enough to feed the family?" - so I can't really blame them too much. There are teachers that stood out, like my math teacher with whom we had arguments about calculus that wasn't even part of the curriculum, or the history teacher who was such an excellent story teller that the entire class - full of working-class gopniks if you know what I mean - listened in awe to him talking about medieval Arabic surgeons training to re-assemble the bones by using crushed pottery in a leather bag (just for the record - I don't know if it's true and I don't care). In short, the primary school was excellent, and the rest was a rather boring absorption of curriculum with a few exceptions.
    That said, thank you for this video. Good teachers need to be appreciated, especially if they're way above average.

  • Pat304
    Pat304 2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing Destin. This is probably the best video you’ve done. I too was blessed with great teachers. It makes you feel humbled and loved that so many people have had such an impact in our lives!

  • Shawn Zhang
    Shawn Zhang 2 months ago

    Thank you, Destin, for reminding me of my good memory of my teachers. I want to shout out to Ms. Zhang who I met in my junior year in college. Although she was not from my department, she identified my passion for speaking, and she was completely active to be my mentor, guiding me all the way to take on speech contests and some other events -- something that I wanted to do but was always too afraid to do. I think the time I spent with her literally changed my life: not just about the contests she introduced me to, it is all about the fact that I gained a lot of confidence, making me more courageous to try different things.
    On top of that, carrying on what she has given me, my interest in teaching is also sparked. So I am thinking about being a teacher in the further, encouraging my students to try and bring forth positive impacts on them.

  • Donald Goodrich
    Donald Goodrich Month ago

    This was a beautiful video! I definitely did not have the same experience with my teachers growing up. By the grace of God, I am now getting to have these experiences as I navigate college for the first time. I couldn't be more grateful!

  • Flodgey
    Flodgey 2 months ago +8

    My highschool teachers made me cry, in front of everybody. They were bigger bullies than the other kids calling me a fatty during middleschool. You're very lucky Destin, to have had such enabling and supportive teachers. I can't even imagine what my life could have been today if I had been put in to the right schools with the right teachers, because you see, the way your teachers described you in this video, is exactly how I was as a kid, and still am today, and respectively, you were a success in life, and me a complete failure. It's crazy how much teachers have a say in their students lives, for the best, and for the worst, yet most of them don't even realise how much power they have.

  • Don Purser
    Don Purser 2 months ago +1

    Destin, this was very powerful, very wonderful, very heartfelt, and truly is the kind of thing that makes our lives, and the lives of those who helped us along the way, rich and blessed. God bless you...AND your teachers!! 🙏🙏

  • That Delta Bravo
    That Delta Bravo 2 months ago

    I doubt many of my teachers remember me, but I certainly remember them. I learned more from the way they taught over what they taught. It's amazing how many little things still come back to my mind when I need it. Thank you to all of the teachers!

  • mikemakesmusic7
    mikemakesmusic7 2 months ago

    I didn’t end up in a profession that I use my math and science learning in on a regular basis, but the mere fact that I can still now help my teenagers with their math homework is a huge testament to how good my teachers really were!

  • Oskar Krogsgård
    Oskar Krogsgård 2 months ago

    Thank you, Destin, for being the teacher that many people are missing in their lives!

  • Jeremie Evangelista
    Jeremie Evangelista 2 months ago

    This video almost brought tears to my eyes. Your appreciation and gratitude came across HUGE! Thanks for sharing this ❤

  • Orig Entertainment
    Orig Entertainment 2 months ago +47

    You're a lucky guy not everyone has these great teachers in their lives.

    • Atlas Feynman
      Atlas Feynman 2 months ago +1

      Perhaps we are remembering them harshly?
      They may not have been true inspirations, but they taught you the basics and what you needed to know to graduate.

    • Don Ayer
      Don Ayer 2 months ago +2

      @Atlas Feynman Did they, though? What they taught _me_ was to teach myself whatever I want to know, because nobody else is going to do it. It was certainly a valuable lesson! I can remember exactly one teacher that inspired me, and it was because he let me quickly bang out the assignments and then move on to whatever I _really_ wanted to know about. The rest of my teachers just told us what pages to read and what problems to do for homework. Note that this was 30+ years ago in a town with a terrible education budget because most residents sent their kids to private schools. Today, I work in education and the teachers I know are all amazing, inspiring, dedicated professionals who love what they do. I am extremely proud to support them in doing it.

    • Tinman
      Tinman 2 months ago

      All my teachers are long gone by now. Unfortunately I grew up in a different environment when teachers just pushed assignments and had no personal interest in a youths development. The only teacher that "cared" about my development was a tech school instructor that suggested I not return to school the following year. My grades weren't up to par. However, in defiance most likely, I returned the next 2 years and graduated with the best understanding of electronics theory and applications that propelled me into a military and electronics career. Only one cared.

    • fourth panda
      fourth panda 2 months ago

      BlueDvl228 And it's worth mentioning the school system is still like this in Alabama. Especially for those who are marginalized or often directly attacked by the school system and teachers because they weren't born with the profound level of privilege that Destin was.

  • Rainbowdragon 447 Jeff
    Rainbowdragon 447 Jeff 2 months ago +2

    You taught me everything your teachers taught you so thank you I’m 18 now and have been watching you for so long and now my little cousins are watching you and I’m so proud of them because of how much you inspired me I’m going to college for electrical engineering because of what you instilled in my brain many years ago. Thank you

  • Project Life
    Project Life 2 months ago

    Just an incredible video. Absolutely unbelievable how your content is so refreshing and touching during a time when most creators are moving the opposite direction. I look forward to your future uploads Destin.

  • Michael Dufresne
    Michael Dufresne 2 months ago

    How awesome that you had such teachers in your life. I had a pretty good education, but I can't think of a single teacher who touched me and my life in the way that so many people did you. As a former teacher myself, thank you for doing this for your teachers. No doubt it means a great deal to them. This is such a great idea I am tempted to put a link to your video on my Facebook page, but I am afraid some people will look at it as me trawling for compliments from my former students, a bunch of whom I am FB friends with.

  • PropabilityFPV
    PropabilityFPV 2 months ago

    Awesome, great idea Destin! I want to go thank all my teachers now too. I'm sure all teachers could use more positive feedback like this.

  • Mudzy
    Mudzy 2 months ago

    Crazy to see a local influencer created by High Schools that I live near. This only gives me more motivation. Thanks for all the great content!

  • Dennis Fahey
    Dennis Fahey 2 months ago +1

    Just fantastic. You were so lucky to have these adults lighting the path for you. I think the saddest thing is to know there are kids out there that do not have teachers as committed and schools that are underfunded. That is a huge amount of human potential and future quality of life just lost forever. I often think it would be great to have Master Classes brought down to the K-12 level via video conferencing. Imagine being told about the joy of creative writing by a Stephen King or the amazing things about cetaceans by a professor at Scripps Institute. The key to joyful and effortless learning is to keep that inquisitive spirits flame burning brightly. Feed that innate hunger and the tangent and inertia will come organically.

  • exrezcnm
    exrezcnm 2 months ago +115

    You are very fortunate to have that perspective. My school years were filled with boredom and lack luster performance. Six years after graduation I enrolled in college because I had finally found something I was interested in. And there I excelled!!!

    • Voltaic
      Voltaic 2 months ago +9

      I feel the same as what you are saying here too. I was very smart but I never applied myself to get into AP / Honors classes in school and I regret it. My K through 12 years in school were very boring and lackluster also because for the vast majority of the time I was just sitting in class with people forced to be there and never around people who genuinely wanted to learn anything, including myself. Now that I'm in college where people are actually taking things seriously (including myself) I am doing pretty well with a pretty good GPA.
      Your attitude and mindset really shape your experience, but also just your circumstances, environment, and your fellow peers really also shape it a lot too. I love that Destin has such a good outlook on life, always appreciating every little moment and doesn't seem to complain too much. I wish I could adopt that kind of appreciation mindset!

    • Simon A
      Simon A 2 months ago +5

      Same here. Its a sore spot to hear Destin have so many positive experiences in his youth. What people had enjoyable education?! I hated every second of my education. Until I went to college and studied what I chose - engineering.

    • 727jetjumper
      727jetjumper 2 months ago +4

      This is along the lines of what I experienced as well.
      Not dwelling on it, but just think how different our (anyone's) lives might have been, had it been similar to Destin's experience.

    • orang
      orang 2 months ago +1

      @Voltaic like 80% of students believe themselves to be much more capable, if they "actually tried," than they are

  • B4 ThePast
    B4 ThePast 2 months ago +1

    I wish I had this kind of praise about my teachers, but I hardly remember how most of their classes went, and I never thought a lot of them really shaped who I've become. And I only finished high school in 2016! It felt like most teachers were in such a rush to finish our material that there was never any room for the teacher to make the class fun.

  • VagabondTexan
    VagabondTexan Month ago

    I love this. I still look back at many teachers I had when I was a kid and realize how lucky I was to have them.

  • Blazin Dad
    Blazin Dad 2 months ago +1

    Thank you for this video reminder. I feel the same way and that we should thank all of those folks, especially the teachers, who provide positive influence in our lives to make us who we are today and don't forget to thank the Lord for putting those people in our lives to guide us down the right path.

  • Xavier Kipping
    Xavier Kipping 2 months ago

    Thank you Destin for your videos. I always enjoy your optimism and faith and this video encouraged me to see that there are a lot of educators I ought to thank. Thanks for the goodness you bring to the world!

  • Nathan Foster- Monkey Run Bullies

    You are an amazing teacher yourself and I would like to thank your teachers as well!! They helped create YOU. An AMAZING human being!!!!! Keep up the good work Destin. And thank you!!

  • Nautilus Guitars
    Nautilus Guitars 2 months ago +57

    This is so heartwarming, and it reminds me of why I'm so dedicated to my stepkids lives, even though their mother and I are no longer together.
    I didn't have many teachers of this caliber. Most of them were disinterested, and some were even malicious. This certainly contributed to some serious behavioral issues in my teenage years that set my life down a bad path. Thankfully I recovered from it, but I swore to myself I'd do everything in my power to give all children I met the attention and enthusiasm they deserve.
    One teacher in particular who made a real difference was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Stoner. She was all the way at the top of the school and we rarely saw her before 5th grade. All the other teachers talked about her like she was some final boss. A veritable tyrant of education. Just the mention of her struck fear in us. In 4th grade, I was sent to her class for a one-on-one due to some issues I was having, and I was terrified. She was very stern, but something about her was inviting too. When I started 5th grade, there was a level of respect and a healthy dose of fear. But she never did anything cruel or disproportionate. She took time out of her day and dedicated herself to helping me with several things I needed help with, even making strange compromises (like letting me use weird fonts) to help me be more motivated. She made a huge difference.
    Unfortunately, right as we started 6th grade, Mrs. Stoner passed away and my entire class was devastated. We never got the chance to tell her how much we appreciated her. RIP Mrs. Stoner. You were the one teacher who really made a difference.

    • PinkySuavo
      PinkySuavo 2 months ago

      What do you mean you are dedicated to your stepkids lives? And why are you if they are your ex's kids?

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 months ago +4

      The "letting me use weird fonts" bit is what stands out to me. I never was one for those strange rules that teachers would set in place, and I wish I would have had someone who said, these rules are here for a reason, but it's still okay to move away from them a bit.

    • Nautilus Guitars
      Nautilus Guitars 2 months ago +5

      @PinkySuavo What else could my statement possibly mean? What a bizarre question.
      I love them deeply and have been their only positive male role model for the majority of their lives. I spent a decade raising them after their biological father abandoned them once he was done being a severely abusive prick. My disagreements with their mother would never motivate me to abandon them. We're very close, and it would be devastating to them if I just disappeared, especially after the abuse and abandonment they've had forced upon them. My dedication to them is a significant reason why they have turned out happy and healthy despite having the kind of awful start that turns most kids into criminals.
      That's why.
      I've lived enough of my life for myself. They are my life now, and will continue to be, regardless of how many random people on the internet can't comprehend that.

    • Nautilus Guitars
      Nautilus Guitars 2 months ago

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Yes, such a small thing, yet it made all the difference. Having that autonomy in those situations made it feel more personal. It helped me connect to it. It motivated me. It was a lesson that I took into adulthood and have applied to those I wish to help in similar situations. Those tiny moments can make a huge difference.

  • Mark Zielke
    Mark Zielke 2 months ago

    Bless You Destin, For the teachers I never took the time to thank and for the students who, after so many years, are just realizing the influence we had on them .

  • Mountain Jack
    Mountain Jack 2 months ago

    Very fun to see how you turned your school years into such a positive experience throughout your life, Destin.

  • AngryPotato
    AngryPotato 2 months ago

    That's beautiful! I wish all the good teachers could get such an appreciation after years :) Thanks for spreading the kindness.

  • alpham777
    alpham777 2 months ago +3

    I had a horrible time in school, doing something as little as questioning why something was the way it was was forbidden practically they just wanted us to remember the lines, perform the act and get ready to get to fill out a FAFSA. I have learned so much more from the internet in the past 20 years than I ever did in school.
    I even learned algebra something I struggled with and it was literally down to just missing a day in school and not knowing the basics but the teacher I had at the time did not want to take the time to figure out what was wrong and I got sent to the "retarded class" (was called that by students) that's where they put kids that don't conform to the norm so they can keep test scores high by giving you trivial tests and keep the government funding rolling in.
    I dropped out at 16 went to work and around 23 I got my GED, stuffed it in a drawer somewhere and went back to deciding if I wanted the red Lambo or the black one. Lol not actually that rich but I don't have money problems and I pretty much did it on my own.

  • dz1sfb
    dz1sfb 2 months ago

    What a great idea. I have often had the desire to see and thank my teachers. I know I won't be able to reach some who have passed on, but I love the idea. Thanks Destin! Hearts to you!

  • J D
    J D 2 months ago +56

    The elementary school event I won't forget was the "FCAT Pilot Test" in forth grade. All the students sat down that day after reading messages from the previous students on how hard it was, only to find out the whole test was a mock exam centered around a doughnut. You may not look at another student's doughnut during the exam, now begin eating.

    • Tripps Mclovin
      Tripps Mclovin 2 months ago +5

      Dang. Florida must have gotten a little better. In 4th grade we had a very real FCAT with a writing portion. Still gives me nightmares lol!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 months ago

      That's the greatest prank I've ever heard of.

    • TheDaringPastry1313
      TheDaringPastry1313 2 months ago

      Same type of exam here, but a tad different. We just got back from Christmas break and had a pop quiz for a grade with 100 questions. It had a really long set of directions, but the last sentence said to write your name, turn over the test and doodle on the blank paper provided for the next 30 mins. The entire thing was a teaching moment for kids to make sure they read and understand something before starting.

  • Ethan Heyne
    Ethan Heyne 2 days ago

    Thanks for the push, Destin. I'm busy with life, but stopping to remember people who've taught me things-- that's different than people I've learned things from-- and the things they taught me... that's valuable. I'm sorry that I can't thank most of them. But I can teach my kids those things!
    Just one that came to mind was my third grade teacher. One day she had us do all the normal things, but with one hand behind our back. She suggested we help each other. The next day, our absent classmate was back-- with one arm in a sling. I can't imagine a more effective way to make us aware of his limitations and willing to help. As a side note, that teacher could touch the tip of her nose with her tongue, which was very impressive to us!

  • Corey Adams
    Corey Adams 2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this, Destin. I am thankful for my teachers. Many teachers have been a blessing and have impacted my life over the years. School teachers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, mom, grandparents, and many others have been great teachers. I am thankful that I can be a teacher to others being a pastor. Thank you again for this great video and for the things you teach us.

  • riuphane
    riuphane 2 months ago +1

    Your point about the most important thing being communicating really hit home, and it really is the reason you're so successful and why I love following your videos. Thanks for sharing and the great challenge

  • Harry Schaefer
    Harry Schaefer Month ago

    Destin thanks for this wondeful video. It brought back wonderful memories of mine. I have to find out what "vertically challenged" means. In addition to great teachers, I had a number of mentors who helped me out along the way. As a high school junior, my geometry teacher informed me that I was in danger of failing. I told my father who called his best friend Charlie Davis, an FBI agent and former college math teacher. Mr. Davis came over and sat down with me. After an hour or two of his tutoring. I went back to school and then went on to earn the highest geometry grades in the junior class for the rest of the year. Alas, that tutoring didn't carry over into my senior year with Trig. In trig class one day, not having the foggiest idea what was going on. I excused my self to use the bathroom, but instead marched straight to my guidance counselor and told her "Get me out of here!" (one of the best moves of my life).

  • tetsuei
    tetsuei 2 months ago

    Destin, thank you so much for once again bringing massive smiles to all of the people you choose to share your stories and learnings with - I appreciate your work so much!

  • donny thompson
    donny thompson 2 months ago +57

    You're such a nice and awesome guy Destin. Thanks for making the videos you do.

  • Tricia W
    Tricia W 8 hours ago

    I attended HHS too and was in the same grade as your sister. I Was hoping I would see a mention of Mrs. Wherry. She helped teach me the ability to stay focused.

  • Vojtěch Hála
    Vojtěch Hála 2 months ago

    As a teacher I just wanna say: Thank you, Destin! I really appreciate you did this video.

  • Jonathan Ryu
    Jonathan Ryu 2 months ago

    Hello Dustin and wonderful job done on acknowledging those who out you on your engineering trajectory. My education was all about performance plus it didn't having a father as a mathematician either because my summers were miserable. Only if I had a wonderful learning experience like you, how life would be different. Never too late to learn and now the things that made absolutely no sense are coming simply. Never collected anything from high school but do give credit to my college professors especially in criminal justice. My verbal portion was dismal on my SAT but they taught me a lot about writing a lot of papers plus graduate level classes too. Now, I am going back to finish off my uncompleted civil engineering degree. Thank you on this.

  • T G
    T G Month ago

    I had an excellent Spanish teacher who challenged us in high school. I learned so much from her and wrote an email to thank her when I was in college. It’s a great thing you can do for those who have made a positive impact on your life

  • natfonck
    natfonck 2 months ago

    We don't have year books in Costa Rica, but a couple of weeks ago my highschool had their 70th year anniversary and I went there to assist with photographing the event, and while helping I met many of my teachers, I can related a lot to your experience of seeing them again and to be grateful to those who were key for me to become what I am today. I truly encourage everyone to go and look back as well, to think on why the teacher said or did the things they did to teach us, and to be grateful if possible to as many of them as we can because teachers are such an important group of peole in our society.

  • Rick Seiden
    Rick Seiden 2 months ago +25

    Years ago I found out from the son of one of my favorite teachers that the teacher was facing his last days. His son reached out to our high school group on Facebook asking for memories of his father. I was able to share some of the reasons that made this teacher so special to me. Later, the son came back to tell us all how much it meant to his father to hear everything we had to say. I was really glad I got to let him know what he meant to me before he passed.

  • Gage
    Gage 2 months ago

    I graduated from Austin High in 2016, my dad in 97. Even 20 years after you graduated Morgan County public schools are still crushing it! Awesome video Destin.

  • Jon Kerr
    Jon Kerr Month ago

    This is amazing. I too owe A LOT to many of my teachers. And not just teachers. Football and baseball coaches (one of whom was also my Junior year English teacher) influenced my life just as much. Just thinking back really brought up huge amounts of gratitude.

  • tocov
    tocov 2 months ago

    That's a beautiful video, Destin.
    You got lucky. I can name maybe 3 teachers in my entire school life that I consider good ones or that had a specific good impact on me. Most of my teachers were burned out, can't be assed, 9-5 people who were coming to work like it was a bolt factory. Turn bolts for 8 hours and clock out. Very very few of them were interested in educating, or give these life lessons. Some of them would literally just lecture the entire duration of class and tell us to write everything down, then get out. Literally all of my teachers ever except for one always discouraged critical thinking, and questioning what was taught as a memory exercise. Many of them were just plain dumb, and I could feel it even when I was a kid.
    Some of them were downright evil and hated every moment they have to deal with kids.
    And I was not a problematic kid. I was following everything up until I think the 10th grade, when I realized they simply do not care, so I shouldn't either. So I just binded my time until it was over.
    When I look at photos from high school or earlier, I remember the fun I had with friends and stuff. But when I see some of those teachers faces I downright cringe at how terrible they were.

  • adiaeils
    adiaeils 2 months ago

    I just recently graduated high school. Lemme tell you the last sophomore year was wonderful. I've made many memories that I can't forget. I would like to thank all the teachers especially Math, Hindi and Music Teachers for making a strong base now to help my career in the future.

  • Phil M
    Phil M Month ago

    Watching this video made me realize something that I never thought of. It seems so obvious to me now that Destin must have had some wonderful teachers. By the time I got to the end of the video I also realized that Destin's teachers had a wonderful student.

  • No one Special
    No one Special 2 months ago +8

    I can honestly say I don't remember a single teacher except one.
    I find it very impressive at the memories he has.
    Interesting topic.

    • VIBaJ 16
      VIBaJ 16 2 months ago

      similar situation for me, and I'm still in high school

  • Gayle Moody
    Gayle Moody 2 months ago

    Thanks so much for doing this. It's a little late for me to thank my teachers, as most of them have long since passed away. But it is nevertheless a good exercise in being thankful! We all have days when we think on the bad things.... this makes us focus on the good!!!

  • Scampi
    Scampi 2 months ago

    And thanks to YOU Destin you've taught us gratitude and candidness is some of the best qualities a human can have.

  • Hey Pebbles
    Hey Pebbles 2 months ago

    Thank you Destin! I ran into my middle school teacher, Marianne, a few years back whilst working in gardening. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I hadn't seen her for a good 19-20 years at the time. We hugged and chatted for a bit, and I got to tell her how much I appreciate everything's she done for me over the years. She taught me English, amongst many other things, so she literally gave me the world ❤ She made the greatest moments of my life possible, she helped travel, love, and friendships happen! Brought the poor little lady to tears, she was worried that she'd been to strict with us, but I couldn't disagree more. Felt brilliant to tell her, still feels brilliant to this day tbh.

  • CLTserendipity
    CLTserendipity 2 months ago

    Great message! Thank you to teachers everywhere!!! I'm glad you didn't die in the hall and shared this great video with us.