I never attended public school, only college, so that limits my choices quite a bit. I do have an answer, though.
I had a professor for English 101 who I took again for English 102. She didn't just have more influence on me than other teachers, she's one of the most important people in my life, I think, and she accomplished that with a lot less time than others.
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I guess Ms Matrazzo (English) influenced me the most. I was never a bad student but I never really cared about school til her class. I'm not even sure how the influence came about but she made me care about my involvement and my work. Too bad I didn't have her class til my Junior year in HS. Now that I am writing this, I wonder how many teachers I influenced. I had a unique ability to turn some classes upside down!
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside
them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman
Prof McMillan and prof Luthra (both female.) Though I wouldn't say that they necessarily "changed my life," the force of their personalities and teaching methods made me more interested in the subjects than I otherwise would have been. Where I usually skipped, I found myself attending every one of their classes. Where I never visited profs in their office hours to talk about the subject, I would occasionally wander up to theirs to continue to chat. Their influence was felt all the more keenly, too, because I had never once had a good teacher before college. In fact, I seriously started to think that people were either exaggerating about their teachers, had some sort of romantic feelings towards them, or were being overly dramatic when they said things along the lines of, "they changed my life."
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '