She’s an English teacher whose actions speak louder than words.

 

“I do really hope they know someone appreciated seeing them every day,” said Erin Munro, who teaches at East Anchorage High School.

 

Olivia Webster, a student at East, says Munro always has a smile on her face.

 

“If you’re having a bad day, she never fails to make you feel better about yourself,” said Webster of her teacher.

 

Munro teaches reading, writing and literary concepts to high schoolers. She also helps them find their inner voice through writing.

 

“I think writing is one of the most vulnerable things you can ask a kid to do,” Munro said. “The fact that they come in and write and they share, that is just astounding to me. I hope they leave here feeling empowered to keep doing that.”

 

Munro has a special connection with each student. She’s aware of what’s going on in their lives, in and out of school, and she encourages them to express themselves through their words. It’s a practice she has them do every day in her class.

 

“I feel like I can write about whatever and tell her anything,” Webster said.

 

Another secret to her success? — Kindness.

 

“I try to be real every day,” Munro said. “I try to let them know I’m a person. I try to remember what it is like to be a student, and I try to treat them with kindness every day.”

 

 

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