The Inspiring Teacher We Met… On Twitter

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“There are fantastic, incredible, interesting, passionate and inspiring women around every corner, all over the globe.” That’s what we always say when it comes to our daily quest to find and celebrate women who are making things happen in their world. And we proved that point, once again, when we met Eve Mendolia yesterday… on Twitter. It was a chance meeting, and this awesome teacher had us at, “I can be anything.”

Eve Tweeted this…

We melted. Then responded…

Eve replied, “Thank you – that just made me cry,” and officially dropped the mic when she laid her awesome class motto on us…


We had to know more about this woman, and this is what we learned…

Now in her 15th year of teaching, Eve is a Primary Montessori Teacher at Drew Model School, a title 1, public school in Arlington, Virginia. She teaches 3 – 6 year olds in a combined preschool/kindergarten class. She’s also the school’s Science Lead Teacher. Eve very enthusiastically told us, “I love my job, and I love coming to work!”

Her passion was obvious from the “I can be anything” Tweet, alone. But what we didn’t know was that the backstory of what she posted would turn out to be as inspiring as her “When I grow up I will be…” image itself.

Eve shared that she’s always asking her students what they want to be, and telling them, “they can do anything they put their minds to.” Whatever their answers, “whether it’s an amazing chef, a skilled limo driver, or a loved teacher, we all cheer and clap! Because whatever they choose to be is just that… what THEY chose to be and it is glorious!”

She remarked, “I want them to know that we are constantly changing and that the climb to the top is not always easy. I tell them stories of my own life; that I fell down over and over and over again and I still do, but that if you don’t fall, then you don’t have the chance to get back up!”

So yesterday, Eve asked the group of girls in the Twitter photo what they want to be, and about the characteristics they’d like to have. One girl said, “I want to be brave like my mom,” and her classmate turned to her and declared, “You ARE brave and you ARE just like your mom!” As they continued talking, Eve noted, “I was amazed by their confidence and support of one another.”

I’m braver than I believe, smarter than I think, and I’m important…

As for her awesome class motto, Eve explained that it’s close to her heart, and something that her students say before they set out to do or accomplish anything. They use it to lift themselves up and “to remind themselves just how amazing and special they are.”

She said it’s inspired by the timeless words of A.A. Milne, the English author, best known for his classic Winnie-the-Pooh children’s books…

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

“Over the years I realized that self-esteem was one of the things I really needed to work on with my students. So I changed the quote to fit their needs.”

Special thanks to the beautiful serendipity of the Twitter-sphere for connecting us with a woman we are now so happy to know… Eve Mendolia. #weloveawesometeachers