Exploring the Profound Impact of Teachers: Inspiration through Shared Stories

Teachers play an extraordinary role in the lives of students, offering guidance, encouragement, and instilling a sense of self-worth. Award-winning journalist, Deborah Roberts, recognized the ubiquitous presence of an influential teacher or mentor in people’s lives. This realization led her to embark on a captivating project, resulting in the creation of her book, “Lessons Learned and Cherished: The Teacher Who Changed My Life.”

“Lessons Learned and Cherished” is a compilation of poignant essays and reflections from renowned celebrities and colleagues, all of whom share their personal narratives about the teachers who made a profound impact on their lives. Through these stories, Deborah Roberts showcases the power of teachers in shaping individuals, imparting essential life lessons, and facilitating personal growth.

Renowned figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Robin Roberts, Brooke Shields, Octavia Spencer, and Rachael Ray, among others, join Roberts as contributors to this remarkable collection. Each contributor paints a vivid canvas through their words, revealing the transformative influence and the lasting legacy left behind their mentors.

During an exclusive interview via Zoom on the Fox 17 Morning Mix, Deborah Roberts sheds light on the inspiration behind this remarkable project. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing and honoring the dedicated educators who tirelessly show up for children, acknowledging their intelligence, significance, and inherent worth.

By sharing their narratives, Roberts and her contributors invite readers to reflect upon their own experiences, acknowledging the crucial role teachers play in shaping lives. Through the power of storytelling, “Lessons Learned and Cherished” inspires gratitude, celebration, and a renewed appreciation for the invaluable contributions of teachers in society.


Q: How did “Lessons Learned and Cherished” come about?
A: Deborah Roberts, an award-winning journalist, was inspired the countless life-changing stories people shared about their influential teachers, which led her to compile these narratives into a book.

Q: Who are some of the contributors to the book?
A: The book features contributions from prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Robin Roberts, Brooke Shields, Octavia Spencer, Rachael Ray, and many more.

Q: What is the purpose of the book?
A: “Lessons Learned and Cherished” aims to highlight the transformative power of teachers and their impact on individuals’ lives while encouraging readers to reflect on their own experiences with educators.

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