This morning I came across my friend Justin Bariso's article on Golden State Warrior guard Steph Curry's unanimous MVP award.  Justin's article is good, and I fully believe you can extrapolate lessons from celebrities on life and business. Personally, Bruce Springsteen has been a huge influence on me, and many others.

But what articles like this don't acknowledge (mine included about Bruce Springsteen) is that rock stars, athletes, and actors have skill sets that are disproportionately valued by the market, while teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others have skill sets that are undervalued, at least monetarily.

However, while my son Dylanger might want shoes like Steph Curry, I know the recent award winner that has had the most impact on him - and the hundreds of other little boys wearing Steph Curry shoes that live in our town.

That would be Beth Wehmeier, my son's 3rd grade teacher and recent Teacher of the Year award winner in our school district.

(I know that normally third grade teachers don't get profiled in columns on large, influential websites. But, to semi-quote Matthew McConaughey, it would be a lot cooler if they were.)

Here's what you can learn from Beth Wehmeier, Teacher of the Year in a school district and town you've never heard of:

1. Good leaders bring out leadership in others.

I am pretty fortunate to have an intelligent, well-behaved, cool son (and that's not just my biased opinion - my wife/his mom thinks the same thing). But being out in front of the crowd, leading the crowd, and being comfortable setting an example is not his natural comfort zone.

He would much rather be recognized for being the quiet, well-behaved one in the class. However, during his third grade experience Beth forced him into leadership positions, even if they were just small ones like leading the lunch line.

As a result my son went through a transformation, and now his career goals are businessman/politician/colonizer of Mars.

In short, he wants to be out front, making a difference. And he started to learn how to do that by leading the lunch line in Beth Wehmeier's class.

2. Good leaders are optimists.

I have raised three kids, each of whom have attended public schools. One is close to graduating high school. My wife and I also founded and ran a nonprofit that provided comic books to public schools.

We've seen how teaching is a tough job, and burnout is high (and completely understandable).

However, it's impossible to lead when you're burned out. Whatever else you read, leadership is at least 100% inspiration, and you can't inspire when you are simply "done" - even if you have good reasons for being done.

In addition to the many challenges imposed on teachers, anyone who has taught young people for decades knows the reality of the adult world, and that not every student will go on to succeed.

But knowledge and belief are different things.

A teacher of the year might know the future while still believing that that doesn't have to be the future for her kids (and for a teacher of the year, those students are always "his" or "her" students).

If you want to lead, you have to believe--regardless of what you know.

3. Leaders give credit to others.

I remember parent-teacher conferences last year, and my wife and I trying to thank Beth for the work and effort she put in with our son. And I remember her consistently pushing that back on us, and on Dylanger.

She just couldn't take the credit.

I'm guessing there is no black-tie ball and acceptance speech for a district Teacher of the Year award (but, again, it would be a lot cooler if there was).

If there was, I can guess where the credit for this award would go: to parents, students, and colleagues.

It's great that the NBA gave its MVP award to a player that, by all accounts, is a really good person.

When it comes to kids, the people we normally write about might own the playground.

But it's the people we don't normally write about who will own the future.