Each week, we honor a teacher in the valley who's making a difference. Today we visit College of the Sequoias in Visalia for our Educator of the Week.
"I've never had a desire to do anything else because I truly love what I do," said Debbie Douglass, Director of Student Activities and Affairs at COS. She just might be shaping the future leaders of the valley, or even the country, by helping them realize their full potential.
"If you would've met me a year ago i would not be the same person. i was actually very shy , really closed off," said one of her students, Fidel Madrigal.
Today, he's running for student senate president. He said he owes a lot of that gained confidence to Douglass. "She just made me realize who I can become."
Douglass said students realizing what they can become and her making a difference in their lives is the most rewarding part of being a teacher. "Students know that I care about their well being and that I want them to be successful."
She has a way of tapping into her students' potential that other teachers before had not been able to achieve.
"I would say that I was confident in my ability for leadership but I would never push myself to do anything more than I was comfortable with," said another one of her students, Diana Garcia.
For Douglass, it's all about being there for students, having an open door policy and supporting them in all ways.
"We take for granted that we think people have a positive support system and so many times it's teachers that are a student's support system," she said.
She helps them become who they want to be and when they come back as doctors, lawyers and other professionals to thank her, she said "then you know all your efforts and dedication were worth it."
And that makes Debbie Douglass of College of the Sequoias in Visalia our Educator of the Week.
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