When I was in elementary school, there were a few teachers that you did not want to have. Their reputations as strict and mean teachers made them feared, and some teachers even had nicknames that everyone knew (Freeman the Demon is the one that stands out to me). I don’t remember a lot about my early elementary years and those teachers, but I do remember fifth grade when I was assigned to one of these teachers : the dreaded Mrs. Henry.
Fifth grade was many, many years ago, and I don’t remember why other students said she was so mean. I think she supposedly yelled a lot, but I probably would yell a lot too if I taught fifth grade! I remember being nervous about being in her class and probably a little anxious about it. But, as most elementary school rumors, it turned out that Mrs. Henry was not the dragon that people made her out to be. I’m sure that the rumors were started by some of the students that always got in trouble, but for me, young, brown nosing Amber, I had a great experience with her. So much so that I even helped her at her yard sale, which now seems really weird to help your teacher with, but at the time, it was really exciting!
Compare that to sixth grade when I was put in Mrs. Reese’s class. I was so excited to have Mrs. Reese! She was really nice and if I remember correctly, everyone really liked her. She moved up in ranks to become the assistant principal at my elementary school, and we have kept in touch throughout the years. She even came to our wedding reception! I was so fortunate to have two great teachers to finish out my elementary school years because junior high wasn’t my favorite!
While junior high and high school weren’t the best years for me (nothing in particular…just the awkwardness of being that age and not having a ton of friends), I did have classes that I enjoyed. I always liked English class. I guess considering my current career (librarian) and my favorite hobby (writing), that shouldn’t be a surprise! I really liked Creative Writing class, which I got to take during my senior year of high school.
What may surprise people is that I really like Criminal Justice classes also. I was in the Criminal Justice club and even thought I was going to major in Criminal Justice in college (the journey of all of my majors is a story for another day…). I had a Criminal Justice teacher in high school – Mr. B. – who was fun and engaging, and he was consistently one of the favorite teachers at my school! I follow his blog now and read about the adventures he and his wife are on. It’s so funny to think of my teachers as actual “people.” I know that might sound weird or ignorant, but I think that people have an image of teachers not having any kind of family, hobbies, or anything beyond the classroom. I used to have that perception!
It’s harder for me to think of my favorite memories. I always felt a little awkward and out of place throughout school. I do remember taking a field trip to a local them park (RIP, Opryland) for a science class in junior high. Even though we had to fill out a workbook, it was so much fun to get to escape school for the day! I also enjoyed performing in plays in high school. That was the main extracurricular activity that I participated in, so I’m sure my memories have been swayed by that fact!
I hope that when Charlotte starts school, I can help her keep up with these things. I have bits and pieces of memories, but I think it would be fun for her to be able to explore these things a lot more when she’s an adult. That’s a really nerdy type of fun, but I’m going to own it!
How about you? Who were your favorite teachers? Any classes or memories stand out for you? Leave me a comment and let me know!
P.S. Finish comes out tomorrow! Want to know more about it? Read my review of it!