This post is dedicated to all teachers – with special love to my Aunt M – a teacher I wish I had gotten to have and my cousins C & L – I would also love to see them in action!
It’s about a subject near and dear to my heart. Favorite teachers. I feel very fortunate in my life, I’ve had more excellent teachers than bad ones. And when I say excellent, I mean – these people influenced and made me LOVE going to school. Elementary right through graduate school.
Emily talks about her favorite Prof – Dr. O. I had several teaches like Dr. O, really nice and caring teachers, my college humanities teacher comes to mind. But I also
liked loved the cranky/Hunter S Thompsonesque teachers I had too – in fact, I loved school because of the teachers that wanted to share their passion – not fill me with facts or their opinions…they wanted me to ask questions and think and DISAGREE – how many people INVITE you to disagree? Not many…
I could spend lots of time extolling on the great and wonderful teachers I’ve had in Kindergarten (Mr. Masterson), 1st grade (Mr. Schwartz), 4th grade (Mr Hayden), 7th grade (Mr. Dooly), 8th grade (Mrs Valentine), high school (Mr. Seidel, Mr, Davis, Miss Stolz, Mrs. Roten, Mrs Wolpa), college (Dr. Barr, Dr. Sapula) graduate school (Dr. Seavey, Dr. Fallis, Dr. Budd, Dr. Higgins) – but I won’t. Know they were ALL wonderful. All of them were great teachers and they all hold a special place in my heart. ALL OF THEM.
But there was one teacher, my sophomore English teacher, that I did not like. She drove me crazy, she annoyed me, she was too concerned with hand cream and fashion. I was rather contemptuous of her. HOWEVER – she totally turned me on to some of my most favorite writers. She did a unit on existentialism. I’d never really heard of it before – but it ROCKED MY WORLD. To this day I still love reading Kafka, Camus, Sarte, Ionesco – I don’t know how she did it – but despite my non-love of her, she still changed my world and changed me. So here’s to you Mrs. D – I didn’t like you – but I liked what you offered me.
Teachers are true gems. I think there are a lot of gems out there waiting to be discovered – and when we open our minds and hearts to an experience, we find them. And like I said, they change us and you change them.
So I hope that every teacher out there is someone’s favorite.