“Teachers affect eternity, one never knows where their influence stops” Henry Adams
Do you remember your primary and secondary teachers? I sat here in my chair that swivels and rocks and put myself to the challenge. This is part of what I remember. I invite you to take the poll, and yes, I’ll press publish.
Johnson in PA
Hovell in NJ – We moved in the middle of the year
Kaloden -I don’t remember much, but yes, I do remember her name and I had a crush on Richard.
Perkins – She taught me to love reading chapter books and I developed another crush on Ken.
Trotter – very pretty
Smith – She let me create murals for the bulletin boards and she liked my silly poems.
Foreman – She encouraged my writing and I met my bff Peggy.
piano lessons after school on Fridays
Ellison – concert pianist from Estonia – she taught me to love music!
Macormack – greatly encouraged me to sing – wonderful man
Franklin – language arts – She taught us to diagram sentences and made us memorize 300 lines of poetry. I thank her for remembering “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, “The Wonderful One-hoss-shay”, “Trees” by A. Joyce Kilmer. She worked hard and I admired how she juggled family with us 7th graders never compromising her teaching.
Kirkham – modern math – She was tough and I was afraid of her…in a good way.
Talkington – Spanish – I loved the class!
I don’t remember, it was PE
Prestwood – science – She had a classic approach. We produced a college grade notebook of drawings of all the phyla of animals, class, family and she even had us catching bugs in the spring, 25 of them that were mounted and identified in two cigar boxes. And we collected 35 leaves pressed and identified in a book. I can’t help but think nowadays, that a parent note espousing some objection, would exempt a student from the rigor of these projects. Sheeesh.
Prestwood – Texas History
eighth grade – Amburg – English. She taught me never to write something I wouldn’t want read. Clearly, a woman ahead of her time anticipating the internet.
Strange – American history and our bus driver
Osbourne – Math – very good – my dad got relief as this teacher even taught algebra before I really took it.
Cosper – Art – I made a tile mosaic that mother hung in the family room for a while.
I don’t remember, it was PE again
Cruise – Science – she understood and conveyed a love for geology and marine life.
Crouch – Alabama history – She was from Texas. Yes, by the 9th grade I had taken 2 state histories. In her class I learned Alabama was the 14th colony!
Algebra – ? – Her reaction to my “modern math” background. “That’s the problem with modern math. You don’t learn the basics.” My reaction: “Just give me the formulas.” And learn them I did.
Spanish – Watson
English – Galloway – among the best teachers I ever had. She published my first poems.
Home Ec – Balentine, cute as her name, like a Valentine. I learned a lot about sewing and cooking. I still have her recipe for pie crust!
Choir – Bruton – she cast me in a musical.
? – English
Walterhouse – social studies – retired army colonel, Viet Nam vet, nice man
Binchadler – biology – modern from an ecological point of view
Williamson – Another one among the best teachers I ever had – from Spain, red headed, really taught me about Spanish and introduced me to Dalí.
Bailey – Algebra II – My dad got relief that year. She taught me a lot of math.
PE – Why can’t I remember those PE teachers’ names?
Fumero – social studies
MacDonald – English – very good – The Great Gatsby, W.B. Yeats, ee cummings
Paddock – Spanish – There weren’t many of us in the class.
? – chemistry
Garrison – geometry – Excellent!!!
Pitts – French – Excellent, she loved French
MacDonald – again – English – didn’t mind a bit having her again
Fumero – again – social studies
Paddock – again – Spanish – independent study
Blackwelder – French
Garrison – again – Trigonometry and College Algebra, now there was a math teacher!
swim team – Dr. Constans – now there was a coach!
Do you remember?