IN HONOR OF TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK My Most Memorable Instructors
A relatively obscure but still extremely important celebration takes place this month: National Teacher AppreciationWeek. While I’ve had the good fortune of being taught by many great teachers, there are a few who are quite memorable and cross my mind often.
but inwardly enjoyed. He also taught us how to play chess and held a classroom tournament. To this day, one of my proudest moments was beating him at chess during lunch one day. I’m not entirely sure if he let me win, but either way, the glory was the same!
5th Grade: Mr. Diamond
High School: Mr. Pappas
While not everyone remembers their fifth grade teacher, Mr. Diamond would be impossible to forget. At the end of the school year, he reorganized the desks in the classroom to form an obstacle course. Then, Mr. Diamond let all of us take a turn going through the obstacle course in his wheelchair. Not only did all of us kids enjoy the race, but we also got the brief but important opportunity to experience life from someone else’s perspective. The year after I graduated fromMr. Diamond’s class, I was under the tutelage of Mr. Lee, an enthusiastic if somewhat imposing educator who took my classmates and me to Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, Washington, for a week full of fun and learning. In the months leading up to the camp, Mr. Lee taught us how to square dance, which we all outwardly hated 6th Grade: Mr. Lee
Lou Pappas taught me that there is structure and order in debating, something I had not previously known. He also emphasized research and preparation. With his own preparation, unflappable personality, and encouraging style, he turned a small group of geeky high school students into a cohesive, formidable speech and debate team. The teacher who likely made the biggest impression on me was Mr. Glennon, who taught both high school history and the class titled “History in the Making.”He was extremely enthusiastic about both of these subjects, and his excitement was infectious. Mr. Glennon always seemed to find a way to make a subject engaging. He would create interactive classroom simulations to help us understand international diplomacy. During one simulation, each member High School: Mr. Glennon
of the class was assigned a country in the Middle East and given a secret goal, then we negotiated with each other as our assigned country. I remember being assigned the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and my goal was to disrupt the peace process. I distinctly remember succeeding! He encouraged us to tap into our imaginations, which kept us engaged, and we all felt like he genuinely cared about us as individuals. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Glennon’s class for everything he taught us, academically or otherwise. Mr. Glennon knew all of his students by name. He personally knew and came to know all of my siblings and even some of my nieces. Query: with all of today’s state-mandated school learning standards, is there still time and appreciation for such seemingly frivolous things as wheelchair races, dancing, chess, debate, and classroom simulations? While all of my teachers have been memorable in some way, I’m especially grateful for these four instructors for their enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and fun demeanor. They found innovative ways to make learning fun, and I’m thankful to have known them.
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