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  1. Your memory is better than mine, or perhaps you had more teachers who left a lasting impression. I admit that during most of my school years my mind was occupied with getting out and getting away…

    I did have a 6th grade Science teacher, Mr. Wilson, who taught me to love Harry Chapin while teaching me how to build a terrarium. Mrs. Shuford, my 12th grade English teacher, recognized a talent and love for writing that I tried to keep hidden. I moved twice during my senior year, and by the time I got to the school I graduated from it was too late to get into the AP English class. She had me do all of the reading and assignments in addition to my regular English class. I was granted permission to take the AP exam and scored higher than anyone who actually took the class. Thanks to Mrs. Shuford I won the “Most Outstanding Senior in English” award that year, and I began to believe in my own abilities.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sounds like Mrs. Shuford had quite an influence on your life and belief in yourself! After I wrote this, I realized these were all English teachers I’d written about. Go figure!

  2. My junior year English teacher. I learned so much from her, more so than any other English teacher. Or maybe she presented the material in a way that stuck. Regardless, I believe my passion for playing with words and sentences was sparked during her class. And I loved my calculus instructor, Ms. John, at the junior college. I didn’t know how good I had it until I was in whatever math class at the much larger university the next year. I’m so glad I ran into Ms. John to be able to tell her how much I loved her class and the university professors couldn’t compare. I could tell she was taken aback but also happy to hear praises from a former student.

    • Laurie Stone

      Words and math, Karen? You’re a double threat! I was in the remedial math class all throughout high school. Thank God I loved words… and my english teachers.

  3. Ahh loved these stories about your teachers 🙂 What some inspirational ones you had. I can remember one very inspirational A Level English teacher, and one maths teacher who used to throw chalk at me!!

    • Laurie Stone

      Jo, I’m sure some of my math teachers wish they could throw chalk at me. I was so bad. Thank God for the English teachers who spoke the language of words, something all writers grow to love.

  4. Just discovered your blog. It’s wonderful and now I’m an officially subscribed member. My favorite teacher and most influential teacher was Mrs. Barbee. She had the right combination of all of the qualities you mentioned, which made her a favorite by many. Thanks for focusing my attention on a beloved teacher today! Can’t wait to read more from you!
    Mona (M.L. James)

    • Laurie Stone

      Mona, Thanks so much for reading. I think we all have our favorite teachers who taught and influenced us. They helped make us who we are today!

  5. I loved this post!! I have had so many wonderful and influential teachers, I don’t even know where to start (blessed, I know! 😊). As a former teacher myself, it was always my goal to be “that” teacher for at least one student each year. Thanks for writing this – you have inspired me to think about this more (and maybe even write about it!).

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Wendy. I have nothing but admiration for teachers. They’re the true backbone of society and so many times, unsung heroes. Thank you for reading.

  6. I think about one certain student-teacher all the time. Still. I’ve searched for him on Facebook to no avail. He said to me once, after reading some scribbles I’d written which I’d hoped some day to turn into a novel, you’ve got a gift.
    I don’t know if it was a passing comment. I don’t know if it something he’d remember. But those words changed my life.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carla, I literally had goose bumps when you mentioned the teacher who changed your life. How lucky we were to have those special people who urged us on. Thank you for reading.

  7. Lovely post. And as a former teacher, I hope there might still be students out there who remember me. I loved my English and my writing teachers. Dr. Michael Fortune in college kept me under his spell with every word. Education was such a gift and I did everything I could to get every word and nuance. But the most memorable teacher in my life, the one who taught me about living, was my mother. She the ultimate teacher of all things–and that even included loving to read and enjoying music and art.

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow Beth, how beautiful. Yes, many of us were lucky enough to have wonderful mothers who were the best teachers. I love that. Thank you for reading.

  8. I remember Mrs. Pinkenson in high school. She told me to keep writing. I’ll never forget. And my high school Art teacher Mrs. Ellis who convinced me I had talent. Life changers, for sure!
    b

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank God for these wonderful educators, Barbara. I’ve had several bloggers say it was an English teacher who first lit their spark for writing. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  9. Judi Back

    Only female of four in all classes as an English/History major when Fairfield University went coed. I was the only female in all classes and Fathers John P. McIntyre S.J., Fathers Ollie Nickerson, Hanlon, Dr. Lou Barone and Dr. Nick Rinaldi helped me after I proved myself as a strong, competent lover of literature. They were inspirational, tough but there was authority and mutual respect throughout my career!

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow Judi! I also went to Fairfield University (as did my husband Randy which is where we met). I also had Fr. McIntyre and Dr. Barone. I know Randy had Dr. Rinaldi. Such a small world and I agree with you. They were wonderful teachers whose words of wisdom stay with me till this day. Thank you for reading.

  10. The school thought I was retarded (their word) and should be institutionalised. I was dyslexic . My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Schwem spent hours teaching me to read and proving the school long. Now 54 years and 7 degrees later, I am indebted to her.

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Beth. Got a little misty-eyed over that. What one person can do is miraculous. How lucky you were to have Mrs. Schwem.

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