A dedicated teacher and a motivated student. It’s the combination that opens doors, sheds light and shapes the future. It’s when everything changes. To get to know our teachers a little better, we went to their students and asked for a description. Their one-word responses range from the creative (“the best teacher I’ve ever had”) to the exasperated (“irritating!”) to the superlative (“COOLEST”), but in every response, the affection and respect ring clear. Here are just a few of our favorites.