Teacher’s pet, I was not:

There were two teachers who influenced me when I was at school. During my first year at High School, half way through the year, the art teacher made an aside that stayed with me. She made the comment that my work reminded her of her own when she was my age. It was just the one comment, but it remained with me, even all these years later. Her encouragement could have partly been responsible for me going to art school, when I left High School.

The second teacher whom I admired was Deputy Principal, or Deputy Head, as we knew her then, as well as being House Mistress. Miss Street was of the old school, very strict, proper and an English teacher. I wasn’t a scholar, and she apparently was going to take me under her wing, and give me some extra help. She had written in her diary that she was going to seek me out that fateful Tuesday afternoon, but as I had gone into town on a shopping expedition, I missed out.

That night Miss Street died in the bath, in the boarding house. It wasn’t until later I was informed of her diary entry. I felt devastated. Knowing she had faith in me gave me courage, and may have been the reason for me returning to university in my forties and becoming a teacher.

Miss Street was one of the many women left single after WW1. Her fiancé was killed in the war. So instead of her having her own family she passed on her love of Literature to most of her students.

Daily Prompt:

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her? Michelle W.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/teachers-pet/

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21 thoughts on “Teacher’s pet, I was not:

  1. Outlier Babe

    Your post was so touching, Barbara. Although teachers are often best-positioned, isn’t just teachers, of course, but every adult who comes into contact with a child who can choose to make a positive difference. So much negative influence or neglect of attention by family can be salvaged by simple thoughtful remarks by an attentive adult.

    I’m glad you had caring adults near you.

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      1. Outlier Babe

        Most of my teachers were outstanding, and to one I owe credit for graduating h.s. She would literally seek me out where I was hiding out, ducking class, and drag me to class–to hers, at least 🙂

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  2. hilarycustancegreen

    I was always in trouble at school for absent-mindedness, yet I had several teachers who were special to me and made an impact. Our Quaker headmistress personally influenced me to care about refugees, to admire Marie Curie, to memorise poetry and read it out loud. Sent to stand outside her study for reading under the bedclothes, she talked to me about books…

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  3. Silver in the Barn

    Oh my, Barbara, what a story! And isn’t it amazing the power a simple comment from a teacher can have on a young student? Oprah Winfrey has told the story many times that the first compliment she ever remembers hearing was from a teacher who remarked upon her “pretty puppy dog eyes.” That teacher made a surprise appearance on her show years later and Oprah was reduced to tears for several minutes.

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    1. petspeopleandlife

      Barbara, I can’t say that I had an influential teacher. But I did learn to appreciate the Readers Digest and the word quiz from my English teacher. That is how I learned many words. I haven’t seen a Digest for awhile now but, I assume that it still has a basic format.

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