Teacher Appreciation Week

Wow! I hadn’t realized! This has been a weird year for me, so I was glad to get a reminder via Twitter today.

Here is where I quickly send a contemporary “shout out” to some of my elementary school teachers.

To Mrs. Sams: She wasn’t my Kindergarten teacher, but the one next door. She was, though, the one that didn’t make me feel stupid when I had laryngitis. She put her arm around my shoulders and let me sit quietly in her room.  I feel like she kind of rescued me from the tedious, subdued fear of my “real” teacher.

To Mrs. Keller: First grade would have been far worse if not for her.

To Mr. Franklin: He wasn’t a teacher, but a principal and I admired him enormously for his sense of humor…and his willingness to drive me to my new school when the bus didn’t wait for me.

To Mrs. Marquardt:  Her staggering points of ignorance made me question authority at the ripe old age of eight.

To Mr. Seaman:  I love that he wanted to keep me in his class and suggested I sleep in my desk instead of move with my family.  I recognized it for what it was, even then, and am still grateful.

To Mr. Obillo: From him I learned the value of guarding my temper.

To Mrs. Patin: She will always be my model of the perfect elementary school teacher. Firm but funny, she taught and encouraged and allowed her students to know her.



  1. Warren C. Bennett · May 8, 2012

    My favorite ‘teacher’ in grade school was a man named Mr. Heck. He wasn’t my teacher, exactly, but my speech therapist. I don’t really talk about it much, but I took about 8 years of speech therapy, from about 1st grade to my 8th grade year. He was the last therapist I had. I think I started seeing him in fifth grade – and he made me feel at home. He didn’t treat me like a child but as an equal. A person that had thoughts and feelings, etc. Not many other teachers actually treated me like that, the few that did do stick out. Because of him I was able to over come many speech issues.

    He was also a genuinely nice guy who cared for those he helped.

    • Sandi · May 14, 2012

      Did you ever get a chance to thank him? 🙂

      • Warren C. Bennett · May 14, 2012

        I did thank him, but I also didn’t realize the true impact he had on my life until much later. Just how it goes sometimes I suppose.

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