Think Back Thursday… Memorable Teachers

I’ve been  thinking about the past again–you know, like way back in high school.   I’ve decided to write about some of my former high school teachers.  I had quite a few teachers, but only a few of them still come to mind, I guess those made the most lasting impression–either good or bad!

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In my entire four years of high school, I was only intimidated by one teacher, Mr.”A”.  He taught math, and I ended up having him for geometry–for about 3 days!  I don’t remember what he said or did during those first three days, but whatever it was, it convinced me that I needed to get out of there fast!  I transferred out and took library science!  To this day, I still believe I’d have had a nervous breakdown if I’d stayed in Mr. “A”s class–because geometry was all Greek to me!  Years later, Mr. “A”‘s wife, who was also a teacher, taught both of my son’s in school. Our oldest son actually became good friends with their son, who was the same age.  Our younger son later worked at the bank with their older daughter.  Strange, huh?

The school librarian, who taught me how to work in the library, had once been my mother’s basketball coach, way back in the day!  My mother didn’t ever have much good to say about the lady.  I never had any problems with her until the day she called me into her office to say ” I was too young to be engaged, and I was wasting my life!”  I didn’t agree, and after that conversation I sort of shared my mother’s sentiments.  Years later, after Ed and I were married with 3 children, we ended up being members of the same church as the librarian.  I often wondered if she remembered our conversation from that day at school! 

I fondly remember my Spanish teacher.  She was a sweet lady, who always wore her hair in a “french twist”, and  enjoyed talking!  It didn’t take the class long to figure out if we could get her started talking about a particular subject, other than Spanish, we could get out of doing a lot of work!  I took Spanish I and Spanish II, and we kept her talking for both years.  We did manage to learn some Spanish though, and I still remember a few words, even after 42 years!

I had the same teacher for Music and Biology, Mrs. “P”.  She was a gruff-talking, tough-acting lady, and I was a bit intimidated by her, too.  Of course, Biology was a required subject, so I was stuck.   I had to take it.  I thought I’d pass out when we had to dissect the frog in Biology–and making the insect collection was absolutely disgusting!  I hated killing those poor bugs, then sticking straight pins through them.  I’ll bet some of the boys didn’t even kill the bugs first!  As for Music class, I never could get the hang of reading the music or singing on key.  I spent the entire year trying to get lost in the crowd, and praying not to be called on…

My two most boring teachers were both men.  One taught US Government, while the other taught World History.  I don’t know…maybe it wasn’t the men who were boring, but just the subjects.  It was probably a little of both!  Many years later, I ended up working with my former US Government teacher ( when he taught elementary PE ), and I even had the pleasure of teaching two of his grandsons!  It just goes to show, how you never know what the future will bring! 

My most memorable, and favorite teacher of all times was my senior English teacher.  He previously taught English at college level, and had taught my hubby-to-be while at college!  My hubby-to-be  flunked the class…probably because he rarely went to class!  I, on the other hand, rarely missed class, and loved English!  The teacher was young and witty, and he made the class fun and interesting.  It was too bad he didn’t teach World History and US Government, too!

How about you, did you have any memorable teachers???

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Not Me, Monday…

***As you read today’s post, please keep dear baby Stellan, eight month old son of Mckmama, in your prayers.  He is in the hospital and is critically ill.  My heart is very heavy for Stellan and his family as I write this, however, I do believe in miracles and I know Who is in control.   If you would like to know more about Stellan’s story, you can read about him at  PLEASE PRAY…NotMeMonday180

Today, I’m blogging about friends and former co-workers of mine because today I know that they are thinking Not me,  Not Monday, please… because they are teachers and paraprofessionals, and today is their first day of pre-planning for the new school year.  Although, I haven’t worked with them in quite a while,  I haven’t forgotten what they are experiencing.  This one’s for our educators…

No, we don’t have to get up early and go back to school already!  Didn’t we just get out for the summer last week?  We could’ve sworn we had another month off…we really need just a few more days…. sure didn’t want to get up when that alarm went off…back_to_school_6

No, we didn’t walk into the school and receive a schedule for the week– covered with meetings, meetings, and more meetings…no time for anything else–how will we get it all done!

No,we didn’t unlock the classroom door only to discover the room in a complete mess from all of the summer cleaning that was done…no, all of the furniture is not still in a pile on one side of the room!

No, that can’t  be a pile of supplies in the corner that need to be distributed and put away, surely not—but then with the budget crisis, we should be grateful if we have any supplies…

No, we won’t use 100 rolls of laminating film–this week alone!  That’s if we can keep our laminator running.  It seems to have a habit of breaking down during pre-planning…

No, there aren’t bulletin boards to be done, name cards to be written, seating charts to be made, grade books to be filled in, among other things…did I mention that I haven’t quite finished painting my classroom?

No, those permanent records are not waiting to be checked, again!  We’ve gotta’ make sure they’re up to date!  Try to get the necessary forms, too.

And last but not least, we won’t come to work early, stay late, and even work for free for 3 days this year due to the budget crisis.. We won’t be teacher, nurse, psychologist, mentor, and part-time parent…all while raising families of our own.  We won’t be waiting at the door with open arms and smiles on our faces meeting and greeting our new students on the first day of school…even though we are absolutely dead on our feet from all of the pre-planning…we won’t do all of these things–after all, we are educators!

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