Welcome to Techie Tuesday here at More Cowbell! Today we’re celebrating teachers. 🙂
It’s National Teacher’s Day here in America. This entire week is dedicated to our teachers, who shape the minds of our young ones.
If you’re reading this post, it’s likely you’ve had an effective teacher in your life at some point and we want to hear about it!
Did you ever have a teacher who made your young heart sing?
Who opened doors you never dreamed existed and showed you new possibilities about who you could be?
I want to give a shout out to the special teachers in my life:
To Mrs. Limetone…
She was cranky with her room full of wild 5th grade boys but she LOVED books so she had me at “Hello.”
Mrs. Limetone opened the doors in my mind to poetry, making the Jabberwocky with its “frumious Bandersnatch” one of the funniest epics in my young world. Her story hour was magic, particularly during those golden weeks when she read The Phantom Tollbooth.
To Mrs. Westmoreland…
My lifelong love affair with the ocean began in her classroom during a semester of Oceanography. This was back in 1979 and that woman could do a mean Hustle!
She was the prettiest teacher I ever had and I remember watching her dance and thinking I wanted to be that glamorous when I grew up.
To Mrs. Mullen…
She was the first teacher to tell me I was a great writer and she encouraged all her students to embrace their creativity. She’ll never know she fired big “name-in-lights” dreams when she put my reports up on the Superstar Wall with big gold stars on them.
She brought art history alive. To this day, I actually know the difference between the Byzantine and Baroque periods.
Plus, Ms. Maybloom wore the best jewelry EVER and is named after one of my favorite flowers. 🙂
Finally, thanks to Ronald J. Kuback, may he rest in peace.
- “Kuback” was crabby, funny, generous, moody, difficult and kind.
- He berated his advanced placement English classes to “Identify, Define, Explain and Clarify. Tell me what you MEAN!”
- He assigned “weird” books like W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage and D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, then challenged us to tell him what they really meant.
Mr. Kuback was singularly the best teacher I ever had and, more than anyone else in my young life, convinced me that I was a writer.
Here’s to all of my teachers who went above and beyond the call of duty to show their students who we could be if we just worked hard enough. May all of you that walk the Earth be enjoying a retirement richly blessed with the brightest of life’s gifts.
For Mr. Kuback, my high school luminary who died far too young…all your disciples know that you’ve been watching over us (likely to make sure we didn’t kill ourselves or use bad grammar). I hope you’ve been vastly entertained.
Thank you to the teachers of the world for gifts beyond price.
Do you have teachers and mentors that you remember fondly? (Or not so fondly?) Do you remember a special teacher, who took an interest in your dreams and pushed you to achieve them? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!