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Concord Junior High School art teacher Mary Amador works with seventh grader Adrianna Perez Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Who's the teacher you'll never forget?
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.

After 27 years teaching, coaching and directing theatre productions at Jimtown High School, Steve Fledderman is retiring.

Though he's handing over the theatre department's reigns and looking forward to spending time at home, Fledderman's decades at the school have had a powerful effect on the community. This was made clear when The Elkhart Truth posted its story about his retirement on Facebook – more than 15 people commented on it with memories and messages of congratulations and another 60 "liked" it. (See the Post here)

"Oh, the memories in his class!!" Jenn Gietzen said. "Congrats on retirement! It's well deserved!"

Many expressed their gratitude for Fledderman's teaching and influence on Jimtown's students.

"Thanks for all you do Steve Fledderman!" Kimberly Tinsley Hobbs said. "You've been a loving positive roll model, teacher, coach, and friend to all 3 of my sons and to many more. Your shoes will be impossible to fill!"

Earlier in March, another area teacher was recognized by the community for her positive influence in her students' lives. Concord Junior High School art teacher Mary Amador was honored with the 2014 Ann Hamilton Award for Inspired Teaching.

Just like Fledderman and Amador, teachers can have an incredible impact on their students' lives – everyone remembers that one educator who helped them through a rough time, made them love a subject or inspired them to take a particular career path.

We're wondering which teacher had the greatest impact on you. Who's the teacher that you'll always remember and why?