Celebrate a teacher
I qualified as a teacher back in 1990, and realise now that it is the best profession I could possibly have entered. Teachers make the difference. We all remember teachers from our formative years. Mostly we remember our great teachers, the ones who made the most impact on us - and sometimes the ones we would really like to forget.
Today I would like to celebrate two excellent teachers who inspired me, and helped shape me into the person I am today.
The first was Mr Handel (pictured above - I'm immediately in front of his right hand), a primary school teacher who took me under his wing when I was struggling to make sense of school. He encouraged me, and spent a significant amount of his time supporting me as I came to terms with learning. He was always calm and spoke softly to everyone. Mr Handel was also a scout leader, and encouraged me and others to pursue learning outside and beyond the classroom. I will not forget the tremendous efforts he put into making his teaching accessible to all, and the empathy he showed to every one of his students.
The second was Mr Domagne, an American educator who was my music and drama teacher in my last two years at school. Larry, as he wanted us all to call him, was a gifted musician and actor, who put on plays and musicals, and ran the school choir. He turned a blind eye when I sometimes appeared at the back of his lessons, although we both knew I should have been elsewhere. Larry was always passionate and excited about his subject, and this transferred to all those students who fell under his spell. He taught me that it was OK to explore, fail and learn from that failure.
Do you have any teachers from your past you would like to celebrate? What did they do that inspired you, or challenged you? I'm looking forward to reading your comments below.
Photo courtesy of Cherhill Primary School
World Teachers Day by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.