Who was your favorite teacher in school?

Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to the teachers who inspired them. Think back on the fond memories of those wonderful people who’ve touched both your personal and your professional life. Who was your favorite teacher and what important life lesson did they instill upon you? Share your story on this week’s “Throwback Thursday” feature.

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MelindaThomas September 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I attended an all girls' Catholic school elementary school so hands down it was Mrs. Titre. She was warm and caring and ensured that we understood our lessons.

High School -

Mrs. Winome Leblanc - English. She was crazy and fun.
Mr. Edward Lawrence - Social Studies. Great educators.
Mr. Anthony Lockart - Principal (he always called me Melissa, not sure why)

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Anita September 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Ms White - Art teacher ) John Marshall HS, Richmond, Va
Mrs Carter - English Teacher - Johnson Marshall HS, Richmond, Va...still see her when I go to church back home
Oh! Mrs Brown....a woman who to her 4th graders songs like "Ben", "Exodus" and "People, people who need people" she had us going...She would sing with such power and the piano...awesom. Now that I look back ...she gave us culture. Teachers sometimes don't realize the impact they make on the WORLD!

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Cynthia Brandt Campagna August 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

One of my favorites was my high-school band teacher at Northwood High School, Philip Jehle. He pushed me to take private lessons on clarinet so that I could develop more as a musician. As a result of my study with Paul Eberly, I was able to keep up with music majors as a student as the University of Maryland, and I have a skill that is part of my lifelong love of music. After college I played in a community band, where I met my husband.

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Cheryl August 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

One of my favorite teachers was my college History professor. He said the day you quite learning is the day you better hope they are putting you 6' under and that the cheepest thing you will ever buy in life is an education. The class was challeneged in accepting that the cheapest thing we would ever buy is and education. However, he broke it down by telling us that the average person will purchase 10 cars in their life time and back then 10 cars at an average of 15K was more than my education and he said that most people will buy at least 2 houses in their life time and Ican vouch that my first house cost all most 8 times what I paid for my college education.

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Lorilei Barsh August 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

I've been blessed with many great teachers, but one of my favorites was my 5th grade English teacher, Ms. Gue. She taught me that thinking differently was okay, and that there were many ways to tell a story. I think I went home every day and wrote poems just for fun. She inspired me to become a tutor, where I learned a lot about others, but also, about myself. I learned that I received the most joy from helping others, and that no matter what career path I was to choose, it better involve making a positive impact.

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Michael Keating August 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

My favorite teacher in high school was Mr. Burns, who also played bass in a rock 'n' roll band. He was a cool guy so he made history "cool" too.

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Leslie P. August 29, 2013 at 11:34 am

I too had several favorite teachers, but Ms. Leake was the most gentle and kind. She was my second grade teacher, music teacher, and Girl Scout troop leader. She shared her home and family with us. She was an amazing role model.

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Bonnie C August 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

I had several good teachers in school. Mrs. Hanlin scared me to death in first grade, but taught me how to be an excellent speller (I could already read). One of my seventh grade teachers helped me learn to love science, and my eighth grade English teacher convinced me I had some talent for writing. Put together, it's amazing I didn't end up with a career writing technical manuals for the computers we all use these days. I don't remember all their names, but I do remember they helped me realize the value of hard work (I never had so many "friends" as when an important project was due), and to appreciate my talents. One had to work for good grades back then, and it set the tone for the rest of my life.

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Thomas Schmidt August 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

My elementary school music teacher Mr Ryder influenced me to enjoy a lifetime of music and performance. When I started playing drums in the 2nd grade; he gave me the confidence to get onstage and face my fears. From that experience, I started my 1st rock band in the 6th grade (1964) and have been playing a variety of styles ever since. I prefer original and improvisational music,,,perhaps there is a correlation to why I have had 2 fantastic carreers in both Psychiatry and Emergency nursing. Currently I am in a local creative Americana Roots band: Sidewalk Mule. I thank him for his confidence building in the unpredictable and exciting world of performance art.

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Anne Riley August 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

Mrs. Arenson - 7th grade science - An attractive, proper middle-aged woman, who was a real scientist, and showed us everyday how to think about what made things happen in the biological and physical world. Many little 'experiments' and demonstrations. Communicated her wonder about the magic and power of natural phenomena and her systematic approach to figuring out what caused what.

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Alex August 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hands down, Chuck Crawford, 9-12. Mr. Crawford was my jewelry (silversmithing) teacher for all four years of high school. He was such a creative person and he inspired creativity in all his students. He always warned new students not to give their work away to girlfriends and boyfriends because at the end of the year, you'll be broken up and won't see that jewelry ever again. He was right, now I have nothing to show for my four years of jewelry class. 🙂

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Linda Arce August 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

When I first moved from Puerto Rico and not being fluent in English, I can recall back and think of Ms. Milks. Ms. Milks was my 5th grade teacher who took the time to explain things to me and made me feel like the rest of my classmates. The school I went to was100% causasian and I was the only latina girl there. However, they made me feel welcomed and treated me very nice. Because of Ms. Milks, I was able to become a very self confident person until this day. Throughout my academic carreer, I've had exellent professors. Today I start my 3rd semester in graduate school and I am hoping to wondeful people like Ms. Milks.

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Kristina Hoerl August 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

Throughout all my years of school the one teacher that has always stood out as the example I compare other teachers too was my high school biology and chemistry teacher. He had a way to inspire all his students through his use of humor, hand's-on projects, and his ability to set the bar high enough for you to stretch but not so high the goal seemed unattainable. It is so obvious that he has a great passion for working with students and watching them learn and grow. I graduated high school 28 years ago and this man is still a part of my life. My eldest daughter was having some trouble with her college biology class and I contacted him and he adjusted his schedule to spend some time to work with her and help her succeed. She ended up pulling the highest grade in her class. After working with him, my daughter even mentioned how obvious his passion for teaching was and that it was clear he loved what he did. That is the lesson he instilled in me...do what you are passionate about and you can make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you Mr. Foertsch.

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Judy August 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

Mr. George Scheulen - 9th grade science

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Lori Dowdy August 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

My favorite memory of my favorite teacher is from third grade. Mrs. Gray was my third grade teacher and I will never forget the day she called me to her desk as we were learning how to write incursive. Mrs. Gray very softly spoke to me and this is what she said, "Lori your name is beautiful and as such when you sign your name or write your name you should write your L with flourish and style." To this day everytime I write my name I recall her kind words and write my name with flourish and style.

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