At Dropsource, we’re committed to helping others remove obstacles on their path to building a mobile app; not unlike many of the teachers and professors we’ve had. Since it’s Teacher’s Appreciation Week, we reflected on the impact our own teachers have had in our lives and careers and want to say a sincere Thank You to everyone who devotes their time and energy into shaping the minds of tomorrow.

Teachers, we appreciate the work you do!


The ability to learn.  –  Sue Smith, Developer Educator
My masters course equipped me with a foundation in CS via a load of languages and technologies, but most importantly it taught me how to learn well! In tech, we need to continually acquire new skills and being a good learner is vital.


I must be cruel to be kind.  –  Dale Hemrick, QA Test Engineer
This was one of my teacher’s infamous quotes. His view was: If I am “kind” to you by letting you slack off, I’m actually being cruel by doing you the disservice of allowing laziness and not making you learn anything, which will set you up for failure in life. However, if I am “cruel” to you by holding you accountable, making you work hard, and making you learn, I am being kind by setting you up with the tools and drive for future success.


The first step to success is…a step.  –  Wade Sellers, Developer Support Specialist
The best lessons I learned from learning to develop apps are:

  • It seems impossible until you take one good step forward; then it’s only difficult.
  • Most apps are not created in isolation. Find a network, offer helpful input to others, and you will receive the same when you need it most.


 Anything is teachable.  –  Glenwood Morris, Senior UX Designer
Almost anything is teachable with a sufficiently motivated student and a skilled instructor. Having a teacher or mentor who believes in you and won’t let you give up, even when your current results are dismal, is one of the biggest gifts you can receive as a student.


Let data tell the story, and listen to it.  –  Will Bernholz, VP Marketing
In my Decision Model and Analysis course my professor helped me understand how to use data to provide a structured framework for modeling and analyzing decisions. As more of a Poet than a Quant, it was critical that I learn just how many decisions, especially business decisions, have so many complex interactions that it makes them simply too difficult to grasp intuitively. Data and models can help tell the true story, so gather the data, apply the model, and then be sure to listen to what it tells you!


What’s an important lesson or takeaway you have from one of your teachers? Let us know in the comments below!