I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was as young as I can remember. I just always pictured myself in a classroom. I played school all the time. My grandma was the school secretary at Center Street School so she always brought things to me to add to my "classroom". I even got my own student desk when Center Street got rid of old desks.
One of the main reasons I wanted to be a teacher was because I loved my teachers. I wanted to please them and I couldn't wait to hear what they would say every day. This past week two of my former teachers passed away and I thought they deserve a little tribute on my blog post this week.
I shall start with Mrs. Doris Parker. She was one of my third grade teachers. When I was in third grade, we switched classes for reading and math. I got to have all three third grade teachers that year which was like striking gold for me. Mrs. Parker taught math and art to me. I remember her the most for being the first teacher to give me homework. You might think that's a reason to not like her but you'd be wrong! I vividly remember taking that homework to my dining room table and working so hard on writing my numbers for her. It was probably the last time I loved doing homework so much. According to her obituary, she retired from Fairfield District 112 in 1988. That means she lived 30 more years after retirement. That's the way you do it!
The other teacher that passed away was Mrs. Gloria Lang. She taught seventh grade social studies and she was the best. She was always so full of energy. I remember her lessons were so exciting because she was excited. I took mental notes to be just like her when I became a teacher because she made me pay attention to social studies. She taught like her hair was on fire and I loved it! I also remember she always had a Pepsi on her desk and I thought that was so cool in 1985. Probably why she was always full of energy, too.
I also got the pleasure of working with Mrs. Lang when I worked at Center Street. What a dream come true! To work alongside teachers I had as teachers is incredible. She was a fantastic lady and teacher and a huge part of why I am where I am today.
A big thank you to my former teachers and especially to the two we lost this past week. Thanks, ladies, for all you did for me and hopefully I can be the inspiration for someone like you were for me.