Who was your favourite teacher? 11



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Teachers make an incredible impact on every child’s life, sometimes rivalling that of our own families. We only need to think back through those decades – to see how crystal-clear certain memories and moments remain after all this time – to realise just how deep an imprint our education left on us.  How did they help shape your life?

Granted, many of us will still turn red with frustration thinking of a bad or vindictive teacher half a century ago. On the other hand, it’s lovely to feel warmth and appreciation reflecting on the truly good ones; those who truly saw education as their vocation and did their best to put their passion and personality into their work.

We’ve reminisced about this before and had heard some beautiful stories shared about how certain teachers impacted their life.

In many cases, it’s all too easy to trace our current interests to the teacher who introduced them to us. As well, it seems that we didn’t always give the best teachers the same respect they afforded us. But it’s never too late to reflect and be grateful for the role they played. Do you have fond memories of certain teachers? And did you ever have a chance to thank them?


Feature image source: National Archives of Australia

Starts at 60 Writers

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  1. Keith Hooper, Ipswich Central Boys State School, Grades 7 and 8 (Scholarship) 1959 1960

  2. Mr. Allen Greet .Ipswich Central Boys State School 1960- 1965

  3. Miss Eileen Butler -Maths – Dover Heights Girls’ High.

  4. Cath Mcnaughton-literacy teacher,Murray Bridge High

  5. Barry Boetcher Science/Math/Art at Tallangatta High School..1959

  6. Pop Taylor St Andrews Primary Cambridge England 1958
    F.C.Brown Perse School Cambridge England 1959/63 Chemistry

  7. Miss J m Searle, Devonport High School for Girls, Plymouth, 1964 – 1967. Taught me History, but also introduced me to Opera.

  8. And yes, I did get to thank her, several years later, with my first born in my arms. Her influence has been life long.

  9. Jack Wilson, Grade 8, East Innisfail State School. 1955.

  10. My Speech and Drama teacher at Loreto Convent Claremont 1966-68, Lilly Kavanagh. Miss Kavanagh wanted me to continue on and become a Shakespearian actress, but our family couldn’t afford it.

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