World Teacher's Day: The Teachers That Impacted Me the Most
Inspired by @bjnovak this is in no way complete - I've been blessed with nothing but amazing teachers - but in the interest of getting this list out in time...
- •Mr. Bartsch - 5th grade and Chess ClubThe list begins and ends with this incredibly kind, passionate, intelligent, and warm man. I joined the chess team - which he taught - in 2nd grade and looked forward to one day being in his 5th grade class. I went to a week-long outdoor school for 6th graders 3 years in a row as a counselor, in no small part so that I could spend more time with him. I was honored beyond words to be asked to emcee his retirement party a few years ago. I feel so lucky to have grown up with him as a teacher.
- •Mrs. Ritter - 1st and 2nd gradeMy earliest memories of truly loving school were in her class (it helped that I met my best friend @madithelma on the 1st day of 1st grade.) Mrs. Ritter may have been the teacher they based Ms. Frizzle on...
- •Ms. Keyser - 3rd gradeLet @madithelma and I stay in at recess and quite Austin Powers to her. Told us it was our little secret since we were quoting highly inappropriate things. I remember being EXCITED to turn in my homework to her.
- •Mrs. Swihart - HS GeneticsShe let me skip Biology 1 and jump into the much harder class which was way beyond me. She challenged me and for a brief time, made me incredibly passionate about genetics - no small task! She was a wonderful hippie who really cared about her students.
- •Michael Brown - Emerson CollegeTeaches Constitutional Law in a variety of classes, which lead to the unofficial "Mike Brown Undergrad Degree" - by far the most inspiring, no bullshit, and kindest teacher at Emerson.
- •Bottom lineGreat teachers should have as much freedom and autonomy as possible to create lesson plans and cater their teaching to the class - standardization is the worst and I feel blessed to have completed most of my school before NCLB. I am forever grateful to the teachers, many of whom are now friends, at Carus Elementary School.