901 Attorneys August 2019

My Two Contrasting Teachers And Why I Remember Them

School is starting soon, and a large portion of my family is getting ready to go back. My grandmother was a school teacher, and I remember she enjoyed spending time with and teaching the kids. She never taught me, but she taught my brother, and I know he had a great experience with her. Both of my wife’s parents were teachers. My sister-in-law is a teacher as well, and she is always excited for the new year. Thinking about school and teachers sparks a memory from when I was a kid in school. I moved around quite a lot when I was younger, so I met a lot of people and went to several different schools. I got along well with my teachers and the kids I met. However, one year when my family moved to Memphis in the middle of the school year, I met a teacher who wasn’t that great. Usually, I didn’t have a hard time adapting to a new school or meeting new friends, but showing up in the middle of the year was difficult, especially because of my newmath teacher. If I had to describe her in one word, it would be “terrifying.”I was so scared of her and dreaded going to her class so much that when Monday came around, I would feel sick to my stomach. instance stands out. When time came in class to do fractions, I always wrote my fractions with a slash instead of a straight line to separate the two numbers. I thought it was very neat and orderly, but she had strictly taught the class to write fractions with the straight line. One day, she came over to me and bellowed at me in front of everyone that I was doing it wrong. To this day, this moment has stayed with me. I don’t remember much about her class or anything specific she said to me, but one

Another time, I had a teacher who sharply contrasted the woman who terrified me. This teacher taught Latin in my high school, and when the weekend came to an end and Monday was right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to go to school the next day and head to her class. I learned later that she was a nun before she became a teacher, and she was one of the kindest and sweetest teachers I ever had. I think the reason I connected with her so well was that she was basically a kid at heart. I remember whenever it was “nacho day” in the cafeteria, she would let us go to lunch five minutes early, and if we were being silly in her class, she’d let us be silly and joke around with us. She was definitely the type of teacher you don’t forget because of her positive influence.

forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Even though I can’t remember every interaction I had with these teachers, the way they made me feel as a kid is something I have never forgotten. I hope this year, no matter where your children might be going to school, that they find teachers who can create wonderful memories for them to remember throughout their lives. Have a fantastic month and an excellent start of the school year.

-David McLaughlin

A quote by Maya Angelou connects powerfully to both of these instances in my life: “People will

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