Dear Colleagues, Today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 to 12, 2023)! Let us celebrate and honor the teachers and educators that have influenced our own development throughout our lives. Take some time and consider the Teachers that you will appreciate this week.
Mr. Golm, my 9th Grade Algebra Teacher, South Lyon High, South Lyon Michigan, was the one and only person on the planet that really sparked my curiosity and understanding about math! It was the first time I realized math could be successfully taught!
Mr Schoenman AP English grades 10 and 12. He shamed me in 10th because I didn’t follow his rules of expository writing (start with the thesis sentence) and it burned. But I learned the principles and have always felt confident as a writer since. In 12th grade he brought in several college catalogs and said ‘what are they conveying to you about their schools? Think analytically.’ A first lesson in marketing and it changed my life. Thru this exercise I discovered a small liberal arts college (catalog was a work of the artist Corita Kent) and was exposed to the writing of philosophers, poets, great artists and (my major) social scientists. All in the Hollywood Hills. Thank you Mr Schoenman wherever you are.
It is such a gift to share the impact a teacher has had on a student! Cleaning out my office desk one day, I came upon a letter of recommendation one of Adam’s professor’s had written for him to be a sophomore exchange student at McGill. At this point,our son had just finished his doctorate and had three kids. Thankfully, the professor’s phone number had not changed and Adam took the opportunity to call and share his gratitude. 🎉
Mrs. Mattias - 6th Grade! Changed my life... She saw through the theatrics of my over the top classroom antics and helped me see the true potential I had. She was a WONDERFUL educator and friend for years to come, and a big reason I went into Elementary Ed in undergraduate.. I would NOT be here without her!!