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October

World Teachers’ Day

Posted by Chris

Ms. Spicer, my 8th grade algebra teacher: who made learning math fun! Unlike most math teachers I had in school she actually had personality, she smiled and joked with us. At the same time she knew when to be serious and not let us get away with anything. Even though I enjoyed math, this was a class I can <em>really</em> say I looked forward to attending.

Ms. Raines, my 9th grade earth science teacher: Ms Raines, seemed to have a way of getting students involved that I hadn’t really experienced before. She was able to tell which students enjoyed not only her class, but science in general, and she made sure they got involved and applied themselves. I remember running into her at a McDonald’s one weekend in Maryland while I was attending one of my cousin’s hockey games. She was up visiting the Goddard Space Center, taking a class so she could bring a piece of moon rock into class. Sure enough a couple weeks later we were passing moon rock around the classroom.

Ms. Flood, my art teacher for a few years in high school: I always knew that I had a passion for art; Ms. Flood helped me build the confidence and realization that people can actually make it out there as artists. She introduced her students to new mediums while also allowing them to run with a certain style or medium they had a desire for. In the 11th grade when we were introduced to the potters wheel, I discovered my love for ceramics.

Dr. Rowe, my English 101 and 102 professor at Concord: I absolutely HATED English class prior to taking his courses. To this day I am still not sure how he was able to make EVERY student in ALL of his classes love him and his style of teaching so much. I learned more in his classes than all the years of English I had prior to heading off to college. He somehow was able to find a way to effectively get through to each and every person in the class. He was a friend of all his students. He pulled me aside one day after class, gave me a couple papers he had printed from the internet and asked, “Are you somehow related to Marshal Ney?” We then proceeded to have about a 15 minute talk about my ancestor who was practically second in command to Napoleon. He made it a point to say, “Hello Mr. Neigh!” every time he saw me all five years I was at Concord.

Last but not least the group of Art teachers/advisors I had while I was at Concord; Fernando Porras, James Biggs, Jack Sheffler, and Thomas Treadway. While technically they were all teachers, this group of educators treated their students more like colleagues than students. They truly cared about their students and made a point to keep us all motivated.

Celebrate your starches tomorrow it’s National Noodle Day!

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