This is a guest post from Brandon Verbeek who was one of Mr Burns’ students. He wants you to vote for Franklin Burns for the QuickSchools Teacher of the Year 2012 award. QuickSchools is a fully-online school management system.
My name is Brando Verbeek and I would like to nominate Franklin L. Burns for teacher of the year for the many years of teaching service with special needs students. From another perspective I would like to nominate Mr. Burns for changing my life. I first met Mr. Burns at the young age of 9. I still remember the day vividly. I was at Hickman Park yelling and cursing at a teenager named Nick. Mr. Burns was nineteen at the time stopped playing basketball and walked over and asked if I was ok. I wasn’t happy because the teenager was picking on me. Mr. Burns ask the teenager to leave me alone and he walked me home and from that day Mr. Burns became my big brother. Mr. Burns left for college that September but he did not forget about me. He would come and visit me every Friday night. He would stop by my house and see how I was doing in school. He would wake up early Saturday morning to play football and basketball at my house. My whole family loved him. As I became older my sisters and I would stay the weekend with Mr. Burns and his wife. We would play video games, eat pizza, and go play basketball. When I was fourteen years old Mr. Burns invited me to his bachelor party and he made sure there wasn’t anything inappropriate during the party. He even let me record his wedding and I caught the garter belt when he threw it over his shoulder. When I was in high school, I was sent to an alternative school because of my choices. Mr. Burns would come and visit me at school and bring lunch from McDonalds or Burger King. I felt so special after he left because all my friends would tell me that I was lucky to have him as a brother. Today I strived to be like Mr. Burns. I’m twenty-five years old now and I have a little baby boy. I reminisce the fun times I had with Mr. Burns and I try my best to emulate him. I believe Mr. Burns is one of the greatest individuals that have ever lived on earth and he has changed my life. I hope he wins teacher of the year and I hope my heart felt story is the reason why he wins.