We know it's summer, but whether you're chilling in your backyard or soaking up the rays at SouthCoast's beaches, we're asking you to consider this question:

What makes a great teacher?

As part of a special Back to School section to be published next month, The Standard-Times/SouthCoastToday.com would like to hear from you, our readers. Maybe you are a student or were one back in the day. Maybe you're a parent. Or maybe you're a teacher yourself. Chances are you have some thoughts on what makes a teacher stand out.

In 75 words or less, please share your sentiments by sending them (email preferred) to fharrington@s-t.com or The Standard-Times, 25 Elm St., New Bedford, Mass. 02740 by Wednesday, July 12. Also, include your name, hometown and occupation.

Thanks in advance. We're looking forward to hearing from you.