In March of 2022, we began sharing stories from real people who love teachers! We believe that teachers need to be appreciated, even before the pandemic times. It is clearly obvious that we need to continue to raise up our educators and schools. We need to fill them up with support, tools and new ideas in order to provide them stamina and resilience as they tackle the challenges they face. These short stories from our friends, colleagues and even family members come from the heart, and we hope can provide inspiration.
We want to include anyone and anyone who wants to share how a teacher impacted their lives. On this post, you are hearing from our wise and mature elders.
Robert L. Piña, Senior Civil Design Tech and Grandpa
1st Grade – Mrs. Young
3rd Grade – Mrs. Brentwood
9th Grade English – Mrs. Doughdrill
12th Grade English – Mrs. Young
They taught me the following…
When I was about 13 or so, I was a student in an acting class for children at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pennsylvania. There was a company that was composed of professional and local actors. Mr. Tarrant was the director of the theater, and I was cast in ‘The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.’
On the first day of rehearsals, I was about five minutes late. Mr. Tarrant said: ‘If you are late again, you will be replaced. When a rehearsal is called for 3:30 PM, be on time!’
I have never forgotten that moment. I am always five minutes early.”
Lorraine Max, Professional Singer
Every Friday, I looked forward to dance class with Winifred Selden. I was a clumsy six-year-old, but Winifred made me feel beautiful and important. My favorite part of the class was when we sat in a circle and listened to music, everything from past and current pops of the day to Prokofiev. When we felt inspired, we would raise our hands. She would acknowledge us, and we would get up and dance.
We had yearly recitals in the local Town Hall with original, hand-sewn costumes! I played many roles; The Duck in Peter & The Wolf and a Dancing Girl of Samara. This was a challenge, but Winifred believed that I could do it. She put bells on my feet and gave me a tambourine. I tried hard to look sexy!