It's a pretty fair bet that we've all had "that" teacher. The educator that stood out above all the others while we were in school and not only taught us, but made us into a better person – our very own Mr. Feeny, Mr. Belding, Mr. Holland or even Mr. Miyagi.

The Windsor Star has the story of one such teacher and her troubled student that went on to help design some of the most desirable cars in the auto industry. Karlene Berry spent 30 years as a teacher, and among her many, many students is Michael Lehti, the product of a broken home and self-described has having "never been the greatest academic."

What Lehti could do, though, was design cars. With the help of Berry's class, he overcame his early obstacles and went on to work with the design team on the Aston Martin One-77 (pictured above) and the RUF CTR3, among other vehicles.

With Lehti and Benson's old school closing, the pupil reached out to his teacher 32 years after graduation to say "thanks" and pay tribute for her impact on his life. Head on over to The Windsor Star, and check out this inspiring story.


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      Bernard
      • 7 Months Ago
      So he gave her photos of himself, autographed sketches, flowers, and $500? I don't know, that sounds like a lot of clutter. A custom card, flowers and money should have been enough. Then she wouldn't be buried in things that were all about him.
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      Props to him for giving props to someone who helped him along the way.Rarely happens. Still one of the most beautiful cars ever built.Always will be.
      chris
      • 7 Months Ago
      Come on Benard. Someone goes up and beyond and it becomes a point of negativity. I think what he did was incredible and made an impact his teacher. The other gifts you mention will fade away, but the memory with the picture will be present/reflection for a lifetime. I think it is all positive and meant from this man's heart of gratitude. There should be more people like this in the world going up and beyond to give back to people without any motives. The other gifts would be simple and easy to pull together....Cheers, Have a great day