The question for 8th January is “Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life…how is life different today because of them?”
You don’t reach the age of 40 (almost, just a few weeks away…) without having had a crateload of teachers. There were teachers at school and college of course but also so many people in life that could be called teachers.
School is a long way back but there are two teachers that had a huge impact on me for different reasons. My History teacher Mr Klays was one of them. He was a big ex-rugby player of a man with a booming voice and a total passion for his subject. I already knew that I like history, but the way he brought it to life ignited the same passion in me which has stayed with me to this day. I hope and believe it will stay with me for the rest of my life!
The second school teacher’s name I have unfortunately forgotten. It was my English teacher. She was an older lady and has undoubtedly retired by now, hopefully with the drama teacher that she was seeing, a relationship which provided one of the most 0pen secrets in the school 🙂
Her contribution wasn’t quite the same as Mr Klays. I was struggling in English through secondary school. From the age of 11 or so until 14 I just wasn’t interested. I used to mess about in class and often get invited to leave and stand in the corridor. Looking back I can see that this period was the first time that my depression really showed itself. I got into fights, almost got expelled for punching someone through a plate glass window and for fighting in the corridors. She pulled me back.
To my shame I can’t even remember how she did it, much of those days is a bit of a blur. I do remember that it was thanks to her that I turned around and whilst my mental problems didn’t go away, I found a focus in school that allowed me to shine. I turned from a drop out to a “A grade” student almost overnight thanks to her encouragement.
It was in her lessons that I first encountered Shakespear and learned a lot about poetry which I already loved but didn’t really understand. Thanks to her I now write poetry regularly for myself,for my partner, and for a few websites and forums.
Teachers are important. I hope you have some in your life, whatever age you are.