Mr. Thompson — Brookville Area High School — Brookville, PA

Mr. Thompson is who made me want to be a teacher, and yet, he is also the one who made me understand how the teaching profession has evolved into something less than desirable. Although primarily our high school’s physics teacher, I had Mr. Thompson for 11th grade pre-calculus. It wasn’t that Mr. Thompson used innovative […]

Mrs. June Dirks – Southeast High School – Wichita, KS

There was this teacher, when I was a high school senior, who took writing and literature seriously. She frequently mentioned titles of literary fiction she was reading—titles that went onto my own reading list. One day another English teacher told me that I couldn’t use the word “humongous” because it didn’t exist. I asked Mrs. […]

Professor Will Ed Warren — Harding University — Searcy, AR

There was this teacher beginning his “freshman” year the same year I did. He brought plenty of big city life experiences with him, and was the first one I ever heard talk about home churches/small groups. He loved the Lord and wanted to do more than a verse-by-verse study of Scripture, he wanted us to […]

Ms. Nancy

Hey,Ms Nancy Thanks to you for your help while I was at Southside. (a few years back but I appreciated the help) –Ted Hall

Ms. Beverly Goodwin

There was this teacher, her name was Beverly Goodwin. She was my mom. I can’t remember what elementary school she taught at in Wichita, Kansas. But I can remember this: on several separate occasions, we had students of hers, suffering from difficult home situations, spend nights- sometimes WEEKS at our home in the guest bedroom, […]

Dr. Jack Shock

There was this teacher at Harding University, Jack Shock, who taught me to love to learn, to challenge myself to dig deeper, to find humor and joy in each day, to intentionally argue both sides of a position to help discover the truth for myself, to favor the underdog, and to not only accept but […]

Ms. Annie Sterns

Annie Sterns stood 6′ 6″ and weighed 200 lbs. but she didn’t work in a mine, she was grade school principal when I was in school. She taught my father, my brothers and my sister. She carried a rolled up Life magazine and when we got out of line, she put us back in line. […]

Mr. Tom Frye

Tom was not only an exceptional drama teacher at Southeast, providing both the history of theater and the dramatic arts, but also developing fine actors and technical pre-professionals as well. Several of my classmates went on to become both professional actors and technicians in the media of film, stage and television. He taught discipline, never […]

Mr. Moore

8th grade Civics Some days we would come into class and take 3 pages of notes and the next day the desks were pushed back and we learned the Bus Stop. We bought cars, got married, filled out job applications and visited a mortuary. I remembered most of Government in High School, thanks to him!! […]

Mrs. Woodard

I wanted to participate in the state (CO) spelling bee as a 7th grader. I had never done this before and there had not been a student participate from the local school district for many years. Mrs. Woodard was my English teacher and she said if I wanted to do this, she would try to […]