Teacher Appreciation Night
In honor of Friday night’s Teacher Appreciation festivities, I decided to dedicate this week’s blog to the fabulous teachers that have helped us all grow, motivated us to achieve our goals, and taught us to never settle for anything less than excellence.
I have been lucky enough to have some wonderful teachers in my time in the Tredyffrin- Easttown School District. There was Mrs. Chatigny, my kindergarten teacher who spent countless time helping me tie my “Jams” (yes, I was a child of the ’80s) and once spent an entire afternoon trying to figure out who used the plastic safety scissors to cut a big chunk out of their hair (it was me). She was a wonderful, nurturing teacher who taught us all of the fundamentals that the rest of our educations would build on. She also taught us that taking two deep breaths makes any situation seem much more bearable. That seems to come in particularly handy whenever the Phillies play the Mets…
I really had too many great teachers to mention… there was Mr. Allison who managed to make writing in cursive fun, and once called into a radio station to make us all laugh; Mrs. Kovacs who made every student feel like they were the most important person in the world; Mr. Dinkins, whose tough grading but insightful feedback made me want to be a writer; and Mr. Butler, who genuinely seemed to care about his students inside and outside of the classroom, and actually kept me paying attention in chemistry class (instead of flirting with the guy sitting next to me).
I also bugged my ballgirl colleagues to find out who their favorite teachers were. Their answers are below.
The best teacher I ever had I was fortunate enough to have twice! My favorite teacher was Mrs. Scott, my 9th and 11th grade English teacher at Villa Joseph Marie.
Mrs. Scott was one of the smartest women I have ever met. Someone once told her that she was too smart to teach in high school because she would never be able to teach down to their level, and that she was better off teaching in college. She then made it her goal to prove that person wrong and dedicated her life to bringing her knowledge to high school students.
At times she could be one of those teachers that you feared, but at the same time she was one of those teachers that you loved! She had a great sense of humor, and with two kids of her own in college she easily related to our teenage lifestyles.
Mrs. Scott not only taught us the correct MLA format, or the right way to do research for a 10-page paper, but she taught us lessons to get us through life. Lessons that each one of us appreciated.
She is and will continue to be a teacher I will never forget. Thank You, Mrs. Scott!
My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher Mrs. Childress. She used to read us Ramona every day for an hour (if we were good) and introduced me to my favorite book as a child, Chocolate Covered Ants. She never yelled at us and was a super sweet woman!
The best teacher I ever had was my sports law professor, Scott Rosner. He was one of the few teachers I’ve had that instilled a sense of camaraderie with their students. Instead of talking down to us, he opened up his personality to us and made us feel more like colleagues than students. He managed to find the delicate balance between discipline and fun; a balance that certainly cannot be easy to achieve. Since I love sports, I eagerly signed up for his class hoping to learn a thing or two I didn’t already know about the business of sports. What I left with was not only a further interest in sports, but also a humble respect for his vast knowledge and dedication to the field. Though his class only lasted one semester, its impact will stay with me as I look to further my career in sports!
As For Our Own Fabulous Teachers…
It would be remiss of me to write this blog and not mention the fact that several of our ballgirls are amazing teachers themselves. In honor of their big night at the ballpark, I asked them all about the benefits being a teacher!
Elena (Physical Education)
The best thing about being a teacher is that I can make a difference in a student’s life. And making them laugh is my favorite thing to do.
So far, the best moment has been hearing kids say they want to switch into my gym class!
Christy G. (High School Art)
The best thing about being a teacher is knowing you are making a difference in your students’ lives. I just took a group of 20 students across the globe to teach them–what an experience!! Worth every minute.
My best moment as a teacher was when a student chose me as her favorite teacher of her entire school career! They had a banquet for us and I cried!
Katie (Health & Physical Education, 7th & 8th grade)
The best thing about being a teacher is the impact you have on your students. Your students look up to you and it’s your job to be a positive influence on them. Since I am a health and physical education teacher, it’s important that my students understand how vital good nutrition and physical activity is. I try and make all of my lessons as fun and interesting as possible so that my students can enjoy and understand how to stay healthy and active.
It’s hard to narrow my best moment as a teacher since this is my first year teaching. The best moments happen every day when my students enter my classroom. They always seem eager and excited to learn, and it really gives me a good feeling inside. I try to make every activity we do in phys. ed. class fun even for those who aren’t very athletic. I teach them that sportsmanship is more important than how many goals you score or points you earn for your team. When those students get excited to play games that they aren’t very talented in and they give 100%, it makes me feel really good as a teacher.
Christy O. (Elementary School)
Ok, for me, the best thing about being a teacher is how you get to see your kids (students) grow and make progress from the first day in September to the end of the school year.
And one of the best “teaching” moments for me was actually during my student teaching in Philly… I was teaching 5th grade math and we were working on “estimating distances.” I asked the class to estimate how many miles our school was from the Eagles’ and Phillies’ stadiums. The class gave me answers like, “50 miles, 100 miles!” Then, when I showed them on MapQuest that the school was only 3 miles away from the stadiums, they were all amazed! They had no idea that they lived so close to the stadiums. This is sort of a silly story, but it always reminds me just how powerful the role of a teacher really is… teachers are responsible for opening doors for kids and helping them to experience new and exciting things!
Lauren (High School Art)
My favorite part of being a teacher is learning from my students as they learn from me. I teach high school art, and many students are already skilled artists, and their work or ideas may inspire me to attempt something that I haven’t tried before. I also love just talking with my students and learning about their backgrounds, and hearing their opinions on everything from movies and music to their world views. They are constantly opening my eyes to new thoughts and ideas.
Laura (Elementary School)
The best part about being a teacher is the interactions you have with children all day every day. They are so funny, full of life and enthusiastic it makes me feel like a kid again (and they also keep me on my toes). It’s also a very rewarding experience to make a difference in the life of a child each day and know that you had a positive influence in their lives. The best moment is when a struggling student has that “Aha” moment showing that they really understand the concept you are working on.
Lindsay (Elementary School)
My favorite moments as a teacher come simply from being close to my students. Nothing compares to receiving a hug from a 5th grader because they are happy to be at school. It’s the smile in the morning, or high five, or “look, I did my homework” that makes me feel good about being a teacher. Did I mention that fifth graders are really funny? I laugh a lot!
To read about the teachers the Phillies will be honoring during their 8th annual Teacher Appreciation Night, visit: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/community/phi_community_teachers.jsp