It is Why Do You #LoveTeaching Week across America. My friends Gary Abud (2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year) and Sean McComb (2014 National Teacher of the Year) are behind this project. As this infographic suggests, teachers all over the country will be blogging and tweeting stories about why they love teaching.
Yes, the education profession is the subject of intense talk these days, and not all of it is positive. #LoveTeaching cuts through all that and takes us directly to people. After all, teaching is a most human and humane enterprise. And since teaching is about people, I decided to make my first post on #LoveTeaching about those who influenced me, my own teachers.
From Kindergarten through graduate school, I was blessed to be a student of some of the finest educators. I thought so at the time because, well, they were my teachers, and it is the natural state of affairs for children to love their teachers. After twenty-four years of teaching at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels, I can confidently say that I was right. These are the reasons I #LoveTeaching.
|Irvin Goldstein - 6th grade|
|Linda DeRungs - high school choir|
|Jim Dickman (center) - high school Calculus|
|Alice Ranck Hettle -- sophmore & junior Latin|
|Marcene Farley - senior Latin|
|Dr. Timothy Long (center) - Indiana University Classics|
|Dr. Betty Rose Nagle - Indiana University Classical Studies|
|Dr. Eleanor Winsor Leach - Indiana University Classical Studies|
Ellie Leach led me through the poetic works of Horace and Catullus, and through her I learned why certain (naughty) words were not listed in my dictionary! My wife was fortunate to have her as well, and when she attended our wedding, it was an honor. Even more striking to us was when she remembered us as we ran into her on campus years later. I was blessed a few years ago to give away one of my former students in marriage, having been asked by both her and her mother, and I could not help thinking of Ellie and what it means for teachers to be deeply involved in the lives of their students.
|Dr. Michael Gagarin - The University of Texas Classics|
Michael taught my first graduate seminar in Classics, which was on the Greek Sophists. When he asked me to share in the seminar something I had written in one of my papers, I was flattered and overwhelmed. I had the great fortune of teaching his daughter later when she was in my high school Latin class in Austin, Texas, and when he spoke a few years ago at Wabash College, I had to make the trip to see him.
|Dr. William Nethercut - The University of Texas Classics|
I wish I had pictures of all my teachers from Kindergarten through graduate school. I can remember almost every one of them and have many stories to tell. Instead, I will let this simple graphic, reminiscent of the Vietnam memorial, share their names. Some have passed on, although many are still with us. Each contributed one of the many reasons I #LoveTeaching.