Great educators do far more than simply teach a subject—their influence reaches beyond the classroom and into the corridors of their students’ lives. Particularly during the angst-ridden, cusp-of-adulthood high-school years, teachers and principals serve as important influencers, helping teenagers to find their passions and mold into their future selves. The proof? Years, and even decades, later, many successful Westchesterites still remember their high-school educators as their main source of inspiration.
Here are the stories of seven Westchester public high-school grads made good, and the teachers and principals who helped jump-start their success.