Teacher appreciation day today. Who was your favorite teacher?
@JSierra!!!! Happy Teach day, teach!!!
Mrs Stone my 3rd grade teacher. She was Jewish and taught us about Judaism but she also taught us Beatles songs. AND she pushed me to the librarian to get me hooked on books. She saw a lot of potential in me.
My favorite professor was a MTF transgender LGBT rights lawyer who instructed coursework on law and sex. Biggest name name in academia I've been lucky enough to know = Angela Davis. Fascinating woman. Cheers to all the edumacators around the world!!!! <3
Mrs Middleton in 2nd grade taped my mouth shut when I was whispering in class When I started talking with my hands, she made me wear a sign that said I can't keep my mouth shut. Good times
The streets of Brooklyn taught me everything I ever needed to know.
My favorite was just recent. Professor Chauncey, my bio 110 and 140 teacher. She made me love Biology and understand the environment. Never thought that would happen!
Memorable would be Mr Lennazi, the science teacher. Telling his teenage students about his service in the Italian army in North africa in World War 2 was OK. Telling his students that he used to drink his own urine because there was no water – well you can imagine his reputation in the school after that. TMI.
I made an entire dance routine to his theme song back in junior HS with my friend. Still know the moves ^5
Mr. Marlo, my high school journalism teacher, the only great teacher I ever had. Mrs. kelso, my junior year English teacher was also very good. A couple other OK ones. The rest were just time servers.
I didn't have one…they all wanted me dead.
Elementary school- Mrs. Muratt
Middle School- Mr. Dulla
High School- Mrs. Schlatter
College- Professor Angel and Professor Harrison
Mrs. Ryan, eighth grade English. She was an angry drunk who kept whiskey in a thermos on her desk and was deathly afraid of bees. A good time was had by all. Bzzzzzzzzz…….
Mrs. Howe (3rd grade) and Mrs. Holbein (4th). they were besties. I spent both grades seeing both teachers daily. if one was the teacher the other was always a permanent fixture in the doorway. both were fun and creative the only characteristic that separated them was Howe was extremely mild tempered and Holbein had a major case of bitch-face.
Howe was hippy earth mother.You didn't push Holbein, bitch had fangs..
Mrs. Huntzinger, my 7th grade English teacher. She helped me get to the regional spelling bee that year.
I had 2 fabulous English teachers in high school: Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Hennon. They were so good, I made an A in Freshman English (college), which was all writing.
I had a lot of great teachers and my oldest started kindergarten this year. His teacher is amazing! I've been fortunate enough to volunteer numerous times in his classroom and I am in awe of the work she does. We have lots of sweet surprises for her this week: we brought her flowers yesterday, took her muffins today, I put a photo album together of pictures I've taken of the kids throughout this year which we will give her tomorrow, I have a card from my husband and I with a gift card to give her on Thursday and on Friday I'm giving her a binder with notes and drawings I'm collecting from all the kids this week. I hope she likes it all, she definitely deserves the best!
Mrs. Weaver 3rd & 4th grade Special Ed for my ADD. Without her, I probably would have flunked out of…oooh, butterfly……
I had a wonderful English teacher in HS who encouraged me to write, unfortunately he has since passed away but I'll never forget him.
My history teacher Mr.McKeever. Wee legend though god help you if he had you in his sights… He's the reason in now a history teacher today (for my sins).
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Mrs. Simmons 10th grade English.
Sir, With Love
The things I put up with as a young HS teacher…I deserve a big ass Mojito waiting for me at the end of everyday to celebrate surviving another day. Last week, I got called a bitch for asking a kid to go back to his seat. How fucking DARE I !
Wow that sounds like one cool ass teacher, Sherry.
I had a similar teacher who was very encouraging to me that way. I had an abnormal love of books as a child and kids would tease me because I was always reading. I had some pretty good teachers who took a shine to me and I even wrote a book when I was a kid… unpublished but it was pretty darned good!
Thank God for good teachers
Miss Gobrecht – Advanced placement English. She looked like a troll but loved us all. When the Dodgers lost the World Series in 1977 (yeah, I'm old), she went into a funk for weeks and read us the most depressing poetry. My sister had her for sophomore English at the same time and loved her too. She imparted a love of literature to us all. She'd read a phrase and say "Don't use that, it's for my book title"
Like most of us, I had some real head cases. The ones I liked talked to kids like they spoke to anyone else- like a person. They were interested in your opinion and listened. That's all it takes. But I give a shout out to Mr Perera, a math teacher who took me, a chronic math just passed and hated math and made it interesting, fun and I got an 88 on my regents exam, which was amazing for someone with my record. You could ask any question. I can't remember how many times some wld say that's a stupid question, and he wld say" the only thing that is stupid on the person saying something is stupid." He wld stay with you after school. He wldnt rest until you understood what you were doing. Man he was great! Thank you, Mr P!!!!!
Donald Solms, my high school physics teacher. RIP, Mr. Solms.
Mr. Kierkegaard for US Choir. He let six of us write a musical and put it on my senior year. It was pretty damn good. Ms. Hansen for English. Artistic, brilliant, and super sarcastic.
Tomie DePaola was an instructor in studio art at my college in the '60s. His classes met once a week for 3hrs. He was a lovely pixie of a man who was very kind in his evaluations. His best words of wisdom were that artists should never look or dress conventionally.
It would take a book, or at least a long article, to talk about all the teachers who've inspired me over the years, so you won't be getting that list…sorry. The teacher I will talk about is my dear friend Pauline Corzilius, a science teacher in Lisbon, NH, who just received an award from Gov. Maggie Hassan today: http://www.ccsnh.edu/runningstart We've known each other since high school (which is longer ago than either of us really wants to admit to…), and she's always kicked ass; now she gets to be an award-winning kickass teacher! *does happy dance*
My mom. I know cliche. She started teaching when I was 9 and since then I have been spending a lot of time in her classroom. I am now 24 and on my way to being a teacher myself. My mom has gone above and beyond the "requirements" of your job. I think in order to be a good teacher, you have to love your job. She does. After her former school lost their charter, she worked a crappy call center for two years because there were NO teaching jobs, but she never stopped looking for teaching positions as it is what she loves. <3 teachers are underpaid and for all the people who try to tell me that teaching is easy…*side eye*
of her job**** not your lol
Mr. Law is my favorite teacher! So much of the teacher I am today is modeled (poorly I am sure) after him. I just wish I were as good of a teacher or as brilliant.
I have 2 teachers: Mrs. Hattwick, my teacher for 4th AND 5th grade. That happened because she loved her class of 4th graders so much, she "promoted" herself to a 5th grade teacher because she loved us kids in her 4th grade so much! That's a teacher! 2nd, my high school European and American History teacher, Miss Judy Hoetmer. She gifted me with my LOVE of History, especially European history. When Miss Hoetmer told those stories, it's like you were THERE. Thank you, you wonderful ladies! (Honorable Mention: my high school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Mason. She was a gentle soul, and she made excellent Rum cake, which she always insisted I try before she gave it to the other teachers and students. Yeah, she was on to me! It was the '70s!!, so figure it out!)
Mrs. Wiley in the 7th grade stood out for me. She was exceptional, and she loved me. She even gave me refuge a couple of times from a very unhappy home life.