Mentors are people who you trust, who show and teach you everything you need to know. My teacher Ms. R has played this role the past few months this school year. When you step inside her classroom, you feel safe. She always notices when something is wrong, and can always cheer you up with her soft laugh and cozy hugs as she wraps you up in her hand-knitted sweaters. She has taught me to forgive people and move on because it is always for the best. When I need someone to talk to, I can always go to Ms. R to get the advice that will benefit me the most.

I go to Ms. R’s room every day at lunch time and use that time to talk to my friends. It’s my time, when I don’t have to worry about being judged, when I can be myself. She is just a pure person and will tell you the cold hard truth, whether it is good or bad. She demonstrates patience, like she waits for our class to become quiet or when the computer has a silly issue. She approaches every situation with an open mind and a positive attitude.

We have a lot in common, like our bubbly personalities and our love for dance. Having things in common makes it much easier to trust one another. What I value the most about Ms. R is how she listens to all her students.

—White Mountains Regional High School