Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Your Favorite Teacher

Posted May 2, 2007 8:27 a.m. EDT

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!