Mrs. Gamblin (3rd grade). She taught us all subjects, but music time was my absolute favorite! She inspired me because she was so talented and so much fun I wanted to be just like her!
Her name is Tracia Austin...great music teacher back when I was in middle school. Believed in my ability and me :)
I had a few.
My high school AP English teacher. She was tough as nails and most kids hated her. I was inspired because she expected nothing less than your best and really pushed you to become better than you thought you could be.
My high school band teacher who identified and nurtured my talent allowing me to perform in statewide audition only orchestras, become a music major, and a band teacher myself. Though I no longer teach, I still value that talent that may have gone unnoticed if not for her.
My college professor and orchestra director. He hated me. Really. I auditioned and got in my freshman year, but he cut me my sophmore year because I got braces and my tone was a little 'airy' in my audition. I then had to have him in 2 classes that same year and I so badly wanted to quit. He was a very difficult man and quite honestly, terrified me. But it was because of him that I was able to learn to be determined, to not give up, and plow on despite adversity, etc. At the end of the year he said the one and only nice thing he ever said to me - which was 'good job' after I made my conducting debut at a big concert. The next year I auditioned again and made it back into orchestra.
My high school spanish teacher. Not because of the subject, but because she would be the one that I could go in and just talk to. No one else really wanted to be around her because she was a large woman and balding, and to high school kids, that is really uncool. I found her to be very pleasant and she was a sounding board for a lot of my ideas.
I had a teacher similar to that - she wasn't what I would call inspirational, but she was a lot of fun and someone you could tell anything to.
She was crazy about Patrick Swayze, so during our french cooking unit (she was my French teacher for four years) we went to the home ec room, cooked up some crepes and watched Dirty Dancing. She was like a schoolgirl - hilarious. She also had us over to her place for movie weekends (there were only a handful of us still in French 4), and would tell us some pretty raunchy stories (involving sex & drugs) about her first husband. Yikes!
Quoting deccaf:My high school spanish teacher. Not because of the subject, but because she would be the one that I could go in and just talk to. No one else really wanted to be around her because she was a large woman and balding, and to high school kids, that is really uncool. I found her to be very pleasant and she was a sounding board for a lot of my ideas.
Mrs. Woodson. 5th grade. She actually cared a LOT. She was on my case like crazy about school work and didn't let me get away with anything. She was one of the few teachers I had that had little patience for me not doing homework because she saw that I was more capable than what I was putting out in school.
Mr. Tepitsky, HS english teacher. He was a christian jew. We had a course "The bible as literature". He was one of the kindest men I have ever met. I found out that he died. He inspired me to read and love reading.
I can't believe some you guys remember your 3rd grade teachers. I have the worst memory so I forgot the names. 6th grade teacher, 3rd grade teacher and 9th grade spanish teacher. My third grade teacher taught us German I thought that was pretty cool. My sixth grade teacher taught me to like to read books she was real passionate about reading. My spanish teacher made school fun.
I would say my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Grahn-Tesarek. She made school fun and is the reason I still want to become a teacher.
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