Honoring teachers and nurses

TYLER (KYTX) -  This is Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week. We don't see these people everyday, but chances are, you've probably felt the love from a teacher or nurse at some point in your life. The jobs require a kind, compassionate heart.

 John Tyler senior Charity Kennebrew says their work does not go unnoticed.
"They've made me become a leader. And, they've made me not give up on things i'm going through or if i'm having a bad day. They've just motivated me. They're very good motivators here. And, they keep John Tyler pride."

Head band director Larry Wade says students are just as motivating for teachers, and educating them is the best part of his day.
"Each student has their own personality. You learn to adjust to them and they keep you going."

Wade was awarded John Tyler Teacher of the Year and says the honor wouldn't be possible without the teachers who've helped him in his life.
"It's very important. Whether you're a doctor or lawyer, you didn't get to that position unless a teacher took time out to get you to that point. And so, no matter how much you make or don't make, a teacher had a hand."

Making a difference in the classroom or in the exam room.
"To be that person, to walk with people side by side, that is my driving force."
Veronika Herrig with Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler says she always knew she wanted to be a nurse.
"When i was 12 years old, i was hospitalized. And, the nurse who cared for me was so kind and caring. And, she touched my heart in a way that i always wanted to touch other people's hearts and lives."

For the past 30 years, that's exactly what Herrig has done.
"As a nurse, we have to be able to connect with people on a heart to heart level very quickly, so we can walk the journey with them, whatever journey that is on when they come to our hospital, be it the road to recovery or the road to heaven."

She says connecting with strangers in need is what inspires her to continue her care.


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