This week, schools across the country opened their doors for the new academic year. In honor of the new school year, we ventured out to uncover what memories people have of the teachers that influenced their lives.

Katie, a Clemson student, explained why she chose her idea. Anthony and Steve, both elevator technicians, met in the late 90s and have remained friends since. While Anthony didn’t enjoy his primary education, he is currently a teacher for the elevator trade. In fact, he taught Steve. John, an avid Pokemon GO player, told me about his favorite teacher thus far.



“I never thought I’d find a subject I was really passionate about until I took an accounting class in high school. I loved it! Everything just clicked. The teacher made the subject matter interesting and encouraged me to pursue a degree. I’m working on finishing my degree so I can take my CPA exam.”

– Katie









elevator technician, greenville

“I washed out of school in the first week of the first day. Oddly enough, I am an instructor for the elevator trade…I teach the apprentices. My favorite people are young men with ADD…I get really bright kids who did not fit into the school system particularly well and ended up in the trades…The kids that everybody hates, those are my people.”

– Anthony








Steve, elevator technician

“I had a few good teachers. [One] was just really helpful and got me involved in music and stuff like that. In high school, some football coaches [encouraged me to] play linebacker. ”

– Steve










teachers, back to school

“My [4th grade] teacher wasn’t harsh. She was so nice and easygoing.”

– John











What do you remember about the teachers that influenced your life?

Alexis Tabb
Alexis is the marketing intern for Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. A senior at Washington and Lee University, she’s excited to work in her hometown of Greenville, SC to help others preserve their photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with their family and friends.