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.