DeAnn K

It is with great honor to nominate Dr. DeAnn K., a Professor of Sociology at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an outstanding person. Dr. K. believes in the success of students especially those with disabilities. Her belief is that she will NEVER, EVER give up hope on a student regardless of the grade in her class. Because it is her philosophy that the achievement of the student should be based on hard work, not grades. But, it is her work with the disabled students that makes her very proud.

The discipline of Sociology is a liberal art which requires critical thinking. However; she also teaches "positive thinking" skills which are very valuable to disabled students because it is not just an important skill, it is a life skill. Dr. K. gives these pieces of advice to students to live a better life: Never, ever give up, be consistent, do not "jump ahead" (meaning don't start worrying about what you cannot control), and help your less fortunate students out. To conclude, there is this old saying: "Reap the benefits of your labor" meaning it is important to appreciate the opportunity to work with students.

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Philipp S. from Groningen, Netherlands JULY 9, 2009
I feel much respect for you. You are intelligent and you had a good contact with your father. These are gifts not many people have. I don't want to sound smart but everything that happens in life makes sense after a while although sometimes we cannot recognize the meaning first. And some things just hurt. I wish you can be strong and survive the pain.

Kirby from California, USA NOVEMBER 23, 2007
It's nice to find someone who appreciates what they really have.

Ciely A. from Cavite, Philippines SEPTEMBER 23, 2007
Your father's sickness was a gift. Life is indeed measured not by the moments we breathe but by every moment that takes our breath away.

Yel P. from Philippines SEPTEMBER 22, 2007
A sad but inspiring story. I also felt the same way before when my mom and my eldest brother died. I was in 4th grade when my mom died and was in 1st year high school when my brother died, it truly hurts me, because even for the last time, I wasn't able to say how much I love them. It was really too late for me. It became a lesson for me that I should have love them more and more from the start.

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
Thank you, you have helped me realise a lot.

Lazarus from Jinja, Uganda AUGUST 17, 2007
This is so touching I love reading it. I think everyone at a certain point has asked him/herself "why me?" I very much asked that question when my dad passed away. It is now three years but sometimes I found myself crying until I had my first son and named him after my late dad. I remember the love my dad shared with me and my whole family and I now count it a blessing to have learned that from him and I share it fully with my son and wife.

Teen F. from Delaware, USA AUGUST 10, 2007
Our blessings outweigh our troubles...something I will always remember.

Jenny V, from Philippines AUGUST 9, 2007
Thank you. Your story challenged me to improve in my relationship with my parents. It reminds me how precious they are in my life. You lifted up my spirit!

Sukhsohit S. from Chandigarh, India AUGUST 4, 2007
It is our attitude at the bigning of a trouble that determines it's outcome. Instead of crying "WHY ME" one should say "TRY Me." A truly uplifting and inspiring story that underscores the need to live and spread love each moment.

Ruby S. from Philippines AUGUST 3, 2007
This gives me the idea that "Love even if it hurts, and continue to love even if it hurts no more."

r.i. from philippines JULY 18, 2007
I've lost my uncle in an accident last April...I really feel sad at that time...but i've realized that there are still a lot of people around me who need love...and now I've been trying to love everybody and everything around me.

Gen S. from New Jersey, USA JULY 8, 2007
This story really made me think about my life and it has gave me a whole new perspective of things. Thanks!

Esther M from Pretoria, South Africa JULY 7, 2007
touching

syah JULY 3, 2007
It was very sad if we have to lose the person that we love.

Lydda G. from Guam JUNE 26, 2007
My dad died of cancer too when I was in 3rd grade. I was young then. You are lucky that you were able to build a relationship with him and that somehow he became a part of what you had to go through in life, may it be good times and bad times. I wish I had that chance so I wouldn't be feeling as if all along, all this time, something was missing in my life...but I guess we gain some, and then we lose some...

Patricia from Indonesia JUNE 14, 2007
Count your blessings not your troubles. Very inspiring story.

V K GUPTA from India MAY 8, 2007
inspiring

MALU from INDIA APRIL 22, 2007
touching...

nelson benjamin from nigeria APRIL 1, 2007
...i now know that LOVE is the greatest key that can break the hardest heart so whenever you got hurt, just look for some one to show love.

Anonymous MARCH 27, 2007
I really enjoy reading those inspirational words!! It gives me some points for me to handle all the difficulties I've been experiencing now!! Thank you so much!!

Anonymous MARCH 9, 2007
good way of looking at things... i believe in this, no matter what happens, it happens for a reason, and the reason is always for our GOOD .... nothing is forever in this world but LOVE... the LOVE which gives, also takes...

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