05/06/2014 01:24 pm ET Updated May 06, 2014

These 11 Education Leaders Had Their Lives Changed By Amazing Teachers


Before they were educators, policymakers and trailblazers, they had teachers who inspired them to be all that they could be.

For National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5 - 9) we asked some of the country's top education leaders about teachers who influenced them growing up.

They came back with stories of teachers who instilled in them a love of learning and helped them find their voices. We hope these teachers feel appreciated every day of the year, and not just for one week.

Did you have a favorite teacher growing up? Tell us about him or her in the comments section, or tweet us @HuffPostImpact.

The Teachers That Inspired Today's Education Leaders