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Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 10:04 AM


My childrens lives were profoundly and absolutely influenced by their teachers, I have the greatest admiration for them and their work.
My daughter has a double degree in Poetry and English, and starts grad school next year.
My youngest son is in Pre-med.

The words vs science debate has been ongoing in this house for years....

And thanks to a married set of teachers, she of words, he of science -- my children were exposed to passionate love for both their fields -- My children adored BOTH teachers -- and what they learned from them was invaluable -- I am endlessly thankful for them and for so many of their other teachers

My middle child -- who did horribly in school -- which was his own fault and no-one elses -- still keeps in contact with teachers who, recognized how bright he was, --- got a D in English, but won a state wide award on an article he wrote for the school newspaper -- his teachers found ways for him to discover his talents and never backed off on him, trying to get him to understand how important school was.... His greatest regret, NOW, is "Mom, I just wish I had done my homework" His plan is to leave the Air Force next year and attend college to become a State Policeman --


Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 11:28 AM

Strange how, after all these years, I look back and some of the teachers that I absolutely hated have had such a positive influence on my life. Not to take away anything from the ones that I admired. Any teacher that suffered through a whole school year with me deserves a medal. Glenwood school in Toledo Ohio in particular held me captive for six years and old Mrs Norton bless her soul, kept me (almost) on the straight and narrow in my fifth and sixth grade. Her discipline principles made General Patton look like Dr Spock but it forced a change in direction,,,,eventually.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.5 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 11:42 AM

My wife is a teacher from China who immigrated to America, and is now a naturalized citizen and teacher here.She still receives telephone calls and letters from former students in China, even though it has been ten years since the youngest of them graduated from high school. When she visited back to China to see he mother and other family, many of her former students will make of point of coming to see her, and to take her to dinner. Such is the bond between a good teacher and her students.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 2:24 PM

I had a number of wonderful teachers, but those who probably influenced my career the most were Miss Decker, an English teacher who encouraged me to write, and Mrs. Ross, who taught typing and shorthand. I still use these skills on almost a daily basis, although the shorthand has gotten a little rusty and I can't write it as fast as I used to.

But then, I don't do anything as fast as I used to!

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 3:39 PM

I had a vice-principal (booo) who doubled as an english teacher (yeaaa). Gr. 8 english - he turned me on to the subject like no other teacher before. I could not believe the different personalities in one person. Even then I understood that as a VP his job was to rule.. as a teacher, his job was to light that bulb in my head.. and he did.. and I never forgot him.

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