30 Day Challenge 16

17 May, 2011
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Day 16
Think back to K-12 school. Who was your favorite teacher, and why?

You’d think I’d list a music teacher, but my favorite teacher ever was Mrs. Pauline Lewis — 8th grade English. She loved to read and write, and especially enjoyed challenging her kids.

  • She ruled with an iron fist (even though she was only five feet tall), but I could tell she cared about us.
  • She demanded correct spelling and proper grammar.
  • She loved to do spelldown spelling bees (I won a copy of The Andromeda Strain once — she always gave out books as prizes).
  • She actually looked at you and listened when you spoke to her.
  • She inspired my love of writing for personal meaning and reflection, which gave me a crucial safe haven when I was the new kid at a strange school in a strange land, where kids talked with a funny accent and threw snowballs at me as I walked home from the bus stop carrying my violin, and who gave me fantastic nicknames like “Old Milwaukee,” which, incidentally, I would find quite flattering today. :-)

Second place would probably go to Miss Rinehart, my third grade teacher. She was pretty, and wore the latest fashions — and in 1968, those were pretty wild. She smelled good, too.

Ready, steady, remember.

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Country Mouse
Country Mouse
17 May, 2011 6:44 am

Mrs. Mary Seidel – 3rd grade. She was awesome!! Kind and caring but she expected us to work and she showed interest in each and every one of her students. She read to us every day, we had spelling contests (that I would win) and she taught us to crochet. I am not good at things like that but she was very, very patient with me. I just thought she was the greatest. Unfortunately the year I had her was the year that her son was born and we only had her part of the year!!! She would come back… Read more »

Rae
Rae
17 May, 2011 7:57 am

Mr. Turner – 9th Grade English, “study period” before school and first period. First of all, this man was my dad’s college roomie for a semester at BG. So, Mr. Turner naturally picked on my sister first… then me, 5 years later. He did rule with an iron fist, but the man was truly funny. At the time, I really SUCKED at some of the simple things that made English, “English”… like reading out loud and writing the way we should write instead of the way we sometimes talk. He beat that out of me REAL quick. Ha. One morning,… Read more »

Greg
Greg
17 May, 2011 10:37 am

Mrs. Olive Franz–
She was actually a retired (long-retired) public high school English teacher that the pastor of our parochial grade school persuaded to teach there on a half-day basis. She instilled a love of reading, structure of grammar and punctuation and directed our one-act class plays. By the way, I can still diagram a sentence!

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Meg
Meg
17 May, 2011 3:13 pm

My first place award goes to Mrs. Grose – sixth grade math and social studies. She gave me my first and ONLY detention so I don’t know why I liked her so much. But I do know I’ve learned more from her than any other teacher. There’s a tie for second. Mrs. Vogel – third grade. I just thought she was the funniest thing in the world. She always made class fun somehow but she managed to keep complete control of the classroom and all of my ornery classmates. Up there with Mrs. Vogel would have to be my choral… Read more »

RD
RD
17 May, 2011 4:03 pm

This is really strange and pretty self-revealing, but, as I think back, I remember the names of very few of my teachers. I cannot think of a single one of my K-9 teachers names, and have few recollections of classroom activities. However, my sixth grade teacher (can’t remember her name), was pretty weird. She was not pretty. Her crooked teeth dominated her face. Most of the class, including the teacher, brown bagged our lunches (this would have been about 1955-1956). She loved olives and would drag out this gallon jar of olives every lunch, put it on her desk and… Read more »

Kodye
Kodye
17 May, 2011 4:05 pm

My choir director was pretty sweet. Best teacher ever. Awesome with all her students. So she’s number 1A. Ms. Stoneham, 7th grade English, would be 1B. Mostly for putting up with how insane I was in 7th grade. If I were here, I would of found a way to kill me and get away with it. But she didn’t. She let me live.

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Suzanne
18 May, 2011 2:49 am

Garsh…I loved them all! Really! I learned something from all of them. To me teachers were just other people since mom and dad were friends with so many of them so maybe I wasn’t really impressed by them hahahah j/k.

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Suzanne
18 May, 2011 10:09 am
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Yeah I know hé???

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BoomR
BoomR
18 May, 2011 10:13 am

ARGH! Playing catch-up again!! OK, I hope this doesn’t sound too sappy, but my dad was my favorite teacher. He was the chairman of the music department in my HS & of course, my band director for my Jr & Sr years (his assistant directed the soph band). Not only was (and still is) a great musician, he was a great rehearsal technician. I learned a lot about being a good band director from him. We ALWAYS got good marks at contest for being well-rehearsed, as well as having great intonation (he always had one of the old Conn Strobo-tuners… Read more »

Hannah
Hannah
18 May, 2011 1:19 pm

Probably, Mrs. Kluge would get first place. She has taught me so much more then one could learn in a classroom, ( corny I know).

Second would probably be Mrs. Gilbert, she taught kindergarten and first grade. She is awesome and I love her :)

Then all the Music Teachers I’ve had, they have all taught me something and through their classes I’ve realized that there is more to music then what you hear on the radio.

And Finally, Mr. Cotterman, His class has made me realize that I want to teach High School Math one day.

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