March 28, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 18): Your Favorite Teacher

This is Week 18 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. It's not too late to join in! Your memories can be private, you write them in a journal at home, or they can be shared publicly here on OliveTreeGenealogy Blog or on your own Blog.

Genealogists love nothing better than finding an ancestor's journal or diary or letter. Just imagine how excited your grandchildren or great grandchildren will be to read your stories in the future.

This week's topic is Favorite Teachers. Did you have a favorite teacher? Who was it? Why did you like or admire them? Did they make a difference in your life or did you just enjoy their classes?

My absolute favorite teacher was my Grade 9 homeroom teacher, Fred Parrott. This is a Yearbook Photo of Mr. Parrott

Mr. Parrott taught English which I loved. But I was extremely shy and would never answer questions in class unless called on. I never volunteered an answer. He very gently brought me out of my shell with patience and words of encouragement. My father died when I was in Grade 9 and Mr. Parrott was very kind and thoughtful, one of the few teachers who tried to help me with my sadness. By the end of Grade 9 I was happily participating in all classes, not just Mr. Parrott's. He eventually went on to become principal, long after I left school.

Mr. Parrott helped me to believe in myself and for that I thank him!

1 comment:

Sanjay Maharaj said...

Great to see you admire and appreciate him as a positive influence in your life, we all should always look back and see who has been influential and the most important people in our lives