In Memory of and Gratitude to a Wonderful Teacher
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
This morning, because of a memoir I was reading. I was reminded of a high school teacher who I believed changed my life. She passed away in 2016. I am very grateful that I went back to the school after I graduated and thanked her. My first day of my senior year in high school I learned that I had been assigned to English with Mr. Tasher (as I shall call him). It was commonly believed that he was becoming senile, as we called it. By this time I had decided to major in English in college and was crushed, as I did not feel that I would get a solid year of learning as a senior.
I went to the school library where I volunteered, and cried. That is where Mrs. Baker found me when she came in to talk to the librarian. I knew Mrs. Baker because she had been junior class advisor. She asked me what was up and I told her. She told me to stay right there. After a few minutes she returned and told me she had arranged for me to be in her English class but I would have to change my lunch period. No issues on that!
Mrs. Baker was an excellent teacher and I learned so much from her. In the meantime, friends in Mr. Tasher's class reported that he forgot what he was saying in mid-sentence, gave the same test to one class twice and not at all to another class and told that class he could not find their papers, and other things like that. There were a lot of complaints about him but, looking back, perhaps he had not yet reached his pension so he continued to teach.
I will never forget Mrs. Baker. If you have such a teacher in your life, please reach out and thank him or her.