One of the best parts about being a teacher is watching your former students grow into incredible adults. Such is the case with Lisa Valentine Clark. This young woman is currently raising a family, co-starring in movies and hosting her own nationally broadcasted radio show. A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to be a guest on the Lisa Valentine Clark Show. Here is our conversation about education: The interview begins at 35:01.

By the way, Lisa has famous siblings: James Valentine (Maroon 5) and Amanda Valentine (placing second of Season 13 Project Runway). She currently designs her own clothing line Valentine Valentine. Lisa and James (and their adorable sister Gina) participated in my Nebraska choir program. Unfortunately I moved before Amanda attended my school.

In my book, I addressed this important issue: teachers must assume all of their students are destined for greatness. I never dreamed the Valentine children would hold prominence on the national stage. The same may be said of my other “famous” students: Scotty Johnson (Gin Blossoms), Scott MacIntyre (Top 10 American Idol 2009) and Nate Zuercher (Judah and the Lion). I take NO credit. Having these talented people pass through my orbit made my teaching path even more exciting. Lesson learned: treat all students as if their journey is the most important aspect of your professional life.

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