Growing up, I had some fantastic teachers, but my two favorites were my 6th grade teacher and my high school music teacher/band director. Mrs. Alexander was my 6th grade teacher and I adored her. Not all of the kids did. She was a strict, no nonsense teacher who had a job to do and took teaching very seriously. She also had a terrific sense of humor when she deemed it appropriate. She sent me a card when I graduated high school as well as when I got married. I run into her every couple of years in town now and she always remembers me.
Mr. A. was the "famed" band director at my high school. At the time, there were two high schools in our town and both of them had phenomenal music programs. Mr. A brought out the best in all kids and truly, people were clamoring to be a "band geek". We won numerous awards and even toured Europe one summer...yes, all 300+ kids. Truly an experience I am blessed to be a part of. Mr. A. sang "The Lord's Prayer" at my wedding. He retired several years ago after 30+ years in the same program and I was a bit melancholy that he wouldn't be sharing his gift with today's students. Lo and behold, I was wrong! He has been hired for a year as the interim band director at the new high school in town. I hope the kids and parents in that school know what a privilege it is to be taught by this man!
Do you have a favorite teacher?