Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound difference in your life? How did they influence and/or inspire you?
My junior English teacher, Mrs. Trestrail, was the daughter of famous science fiction author E.E. (Doc) Smith. Here's what wikipedia says about her on Smith's page:
Verna Jean (later Verna Smith Trestrail), born August 25, 1920 in Michigan, his (Smith's) literary executor until her death in 1994. (Her son Kim Trestrail is now the executor.) Robert A. Heinlein in part dedicated his 1982 novel Friday to Verna.
Mrs. T not only taught Science Fiction short story and British short story classes in addition to English, she also brought in the galley pages for some of Smith's books when a publisher was preparing to reissue them. I'm not sure she ever realized what an effect that small look into the publishing world had on me, an aspiring fiction writer.