You all know that we used to homeschool and that this last semester we tried public school again and it has been a huge struggle. Some folks hear that about us and assume that I don’t appreciate teachers. That could not be further from the truth. I have a tremendous amount of respect for many teachers (not all, there really are some that are in the wrong field). Honestly, if I had pursued a specific career when I was younger it probably would have been teaching even.

This semester Taylor was placed on homebound and we hated it – I don’t think it’s a good solution for most kids. Our 1st instructor was a very nice man, but really wasn’t “teaching” Taylor. In the last few weeks of school we were switched to Mrs. Fannon who was amazing! She really seemed to understand that Taylor was truly trying his best and that he really liked to learn when he was able. She engaged him in learning, she went over the work with him, and she came up with extra things for him to do even. Taylor has struggled so much with the rest of the folks in the school this year that he really felt like that no one cared at all, Mrs. Fannon was able to restore his faith that there really are people in the school who do care about him. On our last day with her Taylor even hugged her – if you know Taylor you know that this is a major event! I will always remember Mrs. Fannon and I know Taylor will too. She is truly a gift to our school district and to all the children she works with.

I’m sure all of us can relate to a special teacher in our lives or the lives of our children. One of those teachers who you just know cares so deeply about the kids and puts so much effort into caring and academics. They encourage their students to be their very best, whatever that might be. Bing has started a program to help all of us recognize those teachers who have made a difference. Bing is teaming up with DonorsChoose.org to provide us to be able to gift those teachers.

How it works – Just visit bing.com/education and post a comment or share a story about a teacher who made a difference in your life (or the life of your child), and Bing will provide you with a $5 donation to DonorsChoose.org, which can be applied toward any classroom project of your choice. Each visitor can leave up to 5 comments, resulting in a total donation of $25! At the end of June, Bing will aggregate the comments and share them with each teacher in the form of a congratulations letter.

Even if the teacher you remember is gone, you can still pay it forward on her behalf and use your donation credit to find another teacher on DonorsChoose.org to use it on. You can opt for your own school district or by a certain type of project, use it anyway that you think is best!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Bing and a $100 DonoseChoose.org giving code to facilitate my review. Mom Central also sent me a thank-you gift certificate. Transparency is everything!