Many people can think of a teacher who was a positive influence on them.
For Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, it was his 6th-grade teacher, Sue Aylmer. She taught Eddie in 1972 at Mount Vernon School 45 years ago.
To celebrate the end of her teaching career and retirement, Eddie wanted to surprise her in the office of her school on June 7, 2017. Students from her current class were there to witness the sweet reunion and the look of shock on Sue’s face when she saw her former student in the office.
“She is a lot of the reason that I’m where I am now,” Eddie said, “because I listened to her.”
Sue has been a teacher for 38 years and agreed that through all those years, Eddie was her favorite student! “He was a good kid,” Sue said. “He always wanted to help out.”
“I don’t have the words to say thank you enough to her and the other teachers that helped influence my life and propelled me to the place I’m at,” Eddie said. “I would not be here if it had not been for them.”
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