Sabal General Dentistry Harlingen September 2018

September 2018

321 S. 13th St., Ste. 101, Harlingen, TX 78550 |

(956) 428-5300


Growing and Learning The Most Important Lesson From School

On my first day of kindergarten, I was very nervous. I remember crying a lot when my mom dropped me off for class. To be honest, I was pretty nervous every day about going to kindergarten. Like a lot of little kids, I really didn’t want to be away from my mom. Fortunately, my kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Basset, one of the sweetest women I have ever met. Mrs. Basset was exactly how you picture a kindergarten teacher should be. She was patient and took the time to make me feel calm and welcomed every day. Though I dreaded going to school, once I was there, Mrs. Basset made me feel at home. Mrs. Basset was like a second mom to me, and I will always be grateful for how she helped my school experience get off to a good start.

“You don’t have to be naturally smart or talented, because if you are willing to work hard and put in the time, you can learn and excel at pretty much anything.”

but my school experience taught me you can decide to work hard and have a good personality. And when you have those two things, you will go far.

This is a lesson I keep in mind to this day. When you decide to become a dentist, your education doesn’t stop just because you graduated dental school. I sign up for continuing education courses all throughout the year, allowing my team and me to brush up on our knowledge or learn something new. Recently, we’ve taken courses on new dental implants, how to create a strong office culture, and how to use a new teeth-whitening technique. These courses can be really diverse, but no matter what the CE course is about, I’m always excited to learn something new. I credit this passion to my teachers over the years. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing, which is why it’s so important for teachers to inspire their students to never stop learning. It’s a big responsibility, but I know there are many wonderful teachers, like Mrs. Basset, who are more than up for the challenge. As we settle back into a new school year, I want to celebrate all the amazing teachers out there. Thank you for everything you do and good luck this year! – Dr. Diana Cabrera Sabal Dental - Harlingen Office • (956) 428-5300 • 1

Teachers have such a big responsibility on their plates. They have to balance educating, parenting, disciplining, and protecting dozens of kids under their care every day. It’s not an easy task, and teachers don’t get nearly enough credit for the work they do. They don’t have to try to make learning fun or help kids who feel anxious, but many of them do. The teachers who stand out in my memory are the ones who always made a point of helping students feel calm and who took a personal interest in seeing us succeed. I had the privilege of getting to see a lot of great teaching on my path to dentistry, but interestingly enough, the most important thing I learned from my teachers wasn’t something that was on the curriculum. The greatest lesson I learned in school was that hard work really does pay off. You don’t have to be naturally smart or talented, because if you are willing to work hard and put in the time, you can learn and excel at pretty much anything. The truth is you can’t control how much talent you have,

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