The most influential teacher I had was my teacher for Russian History, a course I had to have to complete my BA. It was by far the most difficult class I had ever taken due to my lack of exposure to Western Civilization. The comment I remember her saying was, "I know where you are and where I want to take you." This initiation of developing a trusting relationship has guided me as an instructor my entire career.
This must have been my history teacher Mrs. Stein. She was so very passionate about her subject that it sort of drew me in. It's not that she did any particularly innovative stuff, but she just was a great storyteller and she enabled us to see what forces shape historical events with great clarity. She was immensely interested in her subject, but also literature and culture in general and politics.
While she was our teacher, she also had an affair going on with another teacher (who she was going to marry later) and we were absolutely fascinated with how she managed to get herself into a skintight motorcycle outfit minutes after school was out for the day and jumped on her boyfriend's motorcycle. She must have been about 40 at that time, which translate as "practically ancient" to us at that time. It was mind-boggling to us how forty-year-old adults could do romantic and slightly crazy things as they were SO OLD. :-)
Mrs. Stein is the reason why I went on to study history at university, so her influence definitely shaped my life.
i want to share the experience of meeting with my mother's teacher. and also share the feelings of my mother when she met with her teacher after 32 year. My mother was too impress with the personality of her teacher. My mother's teacher whose name is Miss Zaib, was a graceful personality, with attractive attitude. she taught my mother at 5th standard. she told the art of drawing, values, ethics and spending life to my mother.I also feel gud deeds for Mrs Zaib. She Have now her own school where she work as a head mistress.Now she is 75 years old. I pray May she lives long and spreads the light of knowledge to the generation.
In my opinion this shows the great value of primary teacher which i see in my life on the behalf of my mother. Primary teacher are unforgetful.
It's wonderful to read the wide variety of posts here...from dance instructors and middle school science teachers to recognizing the teachers all around us. I, too, am grateful for all of my teachers--both with the actual title and those who just inherently teach us as we go along in life. My most influential teachers were probably my basketball (Coach Marquardt) and volleyball (Coach Burns) coaches in high school, partly b/c we all spent a great deal of time together, and their influence will always be with me. My high school math teacher and Student Council sponsor (Mr. Bridges) was also very important, and he was the first to bring me to Austin for Student Council State Convention. The moment we arrived here, I knew I wanted to "be" here as soon as possible. Now, I've lived here 18 years... Mrs. Kruse, my 5th grade teacher who always wrote special notes to each of us; Mr. Tupa who referred to me as "The Wrecking Crew" because my father owned a wrecker service; Mrs. Koop and Mrs. Butler whose humor and insight were amazing...I have loved them all and still do. Oh, yes, and my college professors were sooooooo hugely amazing and influential and inspiring---Dr. James Hoffman, Dr. Nancy Roser, Dr. Joan Shiring, Dr. Bomer, Dr. Fowler....there are just too many to list. The Univeristy of Texas at Austin is never lacking in expertise nor ispiration.
Thanks for your tribute. Nothing is more rewarding for a teacher than to see a live pattern of her ideal as a person like you.Carry on this character forming and enlightening campaign, never ever needed so much as now. I hope you will enjoy reading my autobiography Before Becoming a Legend, now being read world wide.My speech at booking launching ceremony also left a strong impact on human mind.Enjoy that too on Utube. Allah bless my all students.
The link to the book launching video on Youtube is Before Becoming A Legend - Book Launching Speech - Part 1 - YouTube