Selfless Snaps: Nicki Minaj Honors Her Fifth Grade Teacher

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Nicki Minaj is a woman of many talents, many styles and many assumed personalities. But she wouldn’t be the woman she is today without the support of her great fifth grade teacher.

Nicki shared a pic of Ms. Smith on Instagram, praising her mentor and saying, “This lady changed my life in the 5th grade. forced me to believe in myself and to be disciplined. Miss Elizabeth Smith and her hilarious and adorable son Quinn who won’t let me kiss him if I have lipstick on. That’s him on the costume package! He’s like famous now!!!! Lol.”

This goes to show just how awesome a great teacher is, and just how much of a diff a great teacher can make in a young person’s life. It seems Nicki’s teacher taught her to find her own self-worth, but also taught her the importance of hard work.

Do you have a teacher like that, or maybe had one in your past? If so, it’d be totally worth it to let them know how much of an impact they’ve made on your life. Many teachers go above and beyond for their students, and, as we know, they don’t always get the thanks they deserve.

And, wouldn’t you know it, Nicki Minaj once won a Teacher of the Year Award. If you’re wondering why, the president of The Better Education Place explained that it’s because Nicki has swagger that gets students’ attention: “It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from … Nicki Minaj.” Whether or not Ms. Smith specifically had “swagger,” she’s shown herself to be a teacher for the ages!

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