To me, teachers — whether they’re in a public, private, or home setting — are absolutely invaluable. I’ve always admired those who choose to enter the profession or opt to teach their own children. Teaching seems to be much more than standing in front of a classroom and dispensing logic — great teachers genuinely get to know and care for their students in the process, and students in turn for their teachers. So I thought it would be most appropriate to celebrate a few of my favorite teachers — and a few of yours.
I’ve had a few really amazing teachers in my time: my first was my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Carr. I’ll never, ever forget how positively magical she seemed to me. This was aided by the fact that she had a fairy wand she would carry around. This was usually used to tap one child on the head toward the end of nap time, and that child would be her helper for the rest of the day. So naturally most of us laid on our mats totally wide awake, closing our eyes tightly while hoping she’d believe we were sleeping and pick us.
Another very awesome teacher was Mr. Craft, the theatre teacher at my high school. I wasn’t actually a student in his class — I wrote an article about a play they were putting on in my junior year and just started hanging out in the auditorium instead of going back to my journalism class after lunch. Mr. Craft had, and most likely still has, this amazing ability to really connect with his students — he’s really one of those movie-type teachers who motivates, encourages, and produces exceptional human beings.
I asked everyone who follows us on Facebook which teachers you loved and why — and totally dug what you told me:
My 5th grade teacher Mrs Laggata… now that I think about it, she was really confident and able to let the class get a little off topic if it was still an interesting conversation we were having… you know, one you learn from. I think it is common for college professors to follow where the discussion goes but really difficult for grade school teachers to do the same. I can think of many reasons why that might be, but it is still a shame that so many classrooms can’t follow where the learning is taking them. — Brooke R.
Mr. Hopwood. My HS humanities teacher. He opened the door to philosophy and challenged me to open my mind and debate on an intellectual level no one ever had. He had a Pink Floyd Division Bell poster on the wall & had us analyze the lyrics to Wish You Were Here for an assignment. For my final I wrote a psychoanalysis of Alex in a Clockwork Orange. I am forever grateful for him challenging me to not just think outside the box, but to analyze the crap out of the box and appreciate the journey of discovery. — Angelica K.
My husband — I *love* that after six years of working through the challenges of curriculum, recalcitrant students and increasingly tiny budgets, he still gets excited about teaching and wants to learn more to be an even better teacher. Can you imagine a better example? — Ariel H.
My high school sociology teacher. I failed his class the first time, so he let me take it again, and I fell in love with it. He challenged me to think about the world from other perspectives than just my own. — Jen L.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?