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Your Favorite Teacher

Posted May 2, 2007

Who was your best teacher? What qualities made that teacher great?

This is Teacher Appreciation Week. What teacher in your life would you like to hug and thank right now?

Mark Goldberg has written a wonderful book on the qualities of great teachers. Goldberg says the best teachers foster a culture of respect "that flows in every direction - teacher to students, students to teacher, students to students and everyone to guests."

Goldberg says great teachers often "spend as much time preparing for a class as they do teaching it." Goldberg also says great teachers set themselves a part by consistently achieving excellence. In addition they have an amazing capacity for growth and creativity. As Goldberg puts it: "they're steady, intelligent, concerned, interesting and interested."

I had an English teacher like that: Marilyn Williams in Morganton. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


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  • mss May 4, 2007

    Eva Marie Oakley Anderson and Mary Murray were my favorite teachers. Mrs. Murray was my first grade teacher -- I was fortunate to have her in my life until her passing. However, I have not been able to find Ms. Anderson. She taught several years at Efland Elementary and was my fourth grade teacher. I've searched for years for her(without success) because I want to personally tell her what a great teacher she was. I want her to know that she made a difference. If she's out there I'd sure love to talk to her.

  • Iris May 4, 2007

    While I am almost 60 years old I still remember my favorite teacher at Bayview Elementary School in Virginia. Mrs. Lee was my fourth grade teacher and she was terrific!!! We studied Virginia history and made TONS of field trips. Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Richmond to name a few. At Christmas we went up and down the hallway singing carols while Mrs. Lee played the accordion. It was good to be queen!!

  • Go_APPS May 4, 2007

    Mrs. Clarene Bennett, who taught my English and Latin classes throughout high school, at Abundant Life in Hillsborough, had the biggest impact on me. I can only hope that I am as as affective an educator as she is. She is now teaching at Cresset in Durham. Thanks Mrs. B, and I know - you told me so! :)

  • JerryO May 4, 2007

    My favorite teacher was Mr Melvin Ramseur. He was my American History teacher at South Rowan HS in 1964. He had a fatherly quality about him that made his classes seem like a family chat rather than a lesson. I credit him for my sometimes annoying love for history. It's annoying to others, becuase when I get started talking about a particular event, I tend to ramble on and on. Mr Ramseur passed away during my Junior year, and we all missed him.

  • jedichick May 4, 2007

    My favorite teacher is Ms. Judy Quick, when I was a senior at Cary High in 1994. I was in her algebra 2 class. I was stuck sitting in the middle of boys and they of course, being high school boys, teased me a lot. And one of them was my boyfriend! Ms. Quick always stood up for me (although the guys never did or said anything to harm me) and told them to "cool it!". She was great! Oh yeah- she was a great math teacher as well. I learned a lot and I actually looked forward to it everyday.

  • sallysmom May 4, 2007

    Please Mr. Leslie,

    I would like to request the following information: what was the name, address, school address, and salary of your favorite teacher?

    It bothers me, that because of your news organization, students who may count me as their favorite teacher could supply this information.

  • TeachermanZ May 3, 2007

    I had so many wonderful teachers. Out of all of them, I'd have to say my favorite teacher would have to be Billie Jo Paisley. She was my third grade teacher at Farmer School (K-8). She instilled in me a love for reading. She even gave me her very own 'Reader' she used when she was in school.

  • marknjane May 3, 2007

    Ms. Connie Hall at J.S.Waters in Goldston. She made learning fun, and was a awesome Carolina basketball fan. She was my 7th & 8th grade teacher as well as my son's. She was the one teacher who made me feel like I could do anything. Love you Ms. Hall.
    Jane Hart Aschenauer

  • anggiet May 3, 2007

    I have several favorite teachers (I was sort of a teacher's pet). My 5th grade teacher, Ms. Wally Young at Central Elementary in Hillsborough will always have a special place in my heart. She was a Native American and was about as tall as the 5th graders. She was something when she got riled, but I only recall the great times I had in her class. The other favorite is Brenda Williams at Orange High. She was the FBLA advisor and one of the business teachers. Ms. Williams was always down to earth and taught me very well. Because of her guidance, I am in an office job that I love.

  • Nanna x 2 May 3, 2007

    My favorite was Julie Cox at East Duplin High School in the 70's. She was not only a great teacher but a great adviser to all the students. Wonder where she is now?




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