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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.
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    What a lovely tribute. Teachers have other options nearing the end of their career, especially when a medical issue is at play. You were fortunate to have had a Mrs. Baker to encourage you. I certainly appreciate hearing about my positive influence, albeit years later. As a teacher, I might not get through to them all, but even helping one is a star in my cap. Like the starfish on the beach story ...
    32 days ago
    How fortunate to be able to get out of a difficult situation. A blessing Mrs. Baker was there to essentially assist you with your future goals of being an English major. You may have changed you mind had you been stuck with Mr. Tasher. A wonderful tribute to Mrs. Bakers dedication as a teacher and a caring person.
    60 days ago
    There are certainly some memorable teachers in my history as well. The first who came to mind was my tenth grade advanced English teacher who never accepted less than your best. I owe my writing and editing skills to her and was able to test out of freshman English in college. Thanks, Ms K.
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    what a loving and touching post... emoticon
    108 days ago
    Great advice to reach out, but, believe me, Mrs. Baker would have known you were grateful, even if you'd never been able to thank her in person. She knew.
    I'm getting tears in my eyes even thinking about it...
    129 days ago
    Oh my. Such a blessings for both you and your beloved teacher that you got to tell her what she meant to you.
    129 days ago
    You are so lucky that you had the chance to go back and thank her.
    129 days ago
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