This is a favorite teacher story of mine. It's written by a NC high school teacher about a chance encounter early in his career that made a big difference in his teaching life.
There are some other good stories that meet Kevin's test -- stories that stick -- at this essay archive at Teacher Magazine. "What Mattered Most to Keysha" and "The Kid Who's Sleeping in Row 3, Desk 2" are a couple of my favorites. The latter has a definite Classroom 2.0 message embedded!
Here's a question -- are the teacher stories that enlighten the public different than the stories that inspire teachers themselves?