Maybe it’s because I’ve been in the education profession for almost 30 years, but I find myself thinking about some of my previous teachers quite regularly. There are many teachers in my past who transformed my thinking and being — provided me with a window of opportunity for personal growth. Here are some of the great teachers I’ve been thinking about recently:
- Ms. Kincaid (Gr 2, Blythwood Elem, Toronto) – She was always so kind and gentle making everyone feel wanted and loved — easily one of the sweetest teachers I ever knew in school.
- Ms. Bell (Gr 10 English, Central Memorial HS, Calgary) – My high school English teacher recognized when I was new to the school that I needed to make connections. She was directing the school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and told me that I was now part of the cast. I joined and met my lifelong friend, Gord.
- Mr. Polukoshko (Gr12 Biology, Central Memorial HS, Calgary) – Great subject teacher, but an even better person. I came back to see him in my first year of university to get some help with some genetics. He spent a lot of time with me making sure that I completely understood cell division.
- Mr. Fred Hunt (Education, Univ of Calgary) – Great mentor to brand new teachers. Calm, patient, funny, but most of all he wondered about us, asking us questions about ourselves, our strengths and our challenges.
- Dr. Michael Cavey (Zoology, Univ of Calgary) – Probably the best teacher of content I ever had, but he also deeply cared about his students. I took every undergraduate course that he taught. Awesome prof!
As I reflect on this list of some of my wonderful teachers and what they gave to me — I see gifts of personal safety, inclusion, support and mentor-ship. They believed in me.