Teacher Appreciation Week
Inspired by this piece, with children’s and YA writers reflecting on their favorite teachers, here I reflect on mine.
I have three.
1. Mr. Palmer
Kindergarten, Singapore American School
He was tubby and tap danced. He was full of joy.
He taught me to read.
2. Mrs. Anderson
Fourth grade, Singapore American School
She wore no makeup and had long black hair hanging like a drape past her waist.
We sat on bean bags and she read us books aloud. Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I cried and cried and fell in love with those stories. They felt like home.
3. Ms. DeGrandpre
Twelfth grade, La Mirada High School, English LIt
She wore huge red glasses and talked funny.
We read Beowulf and Shakespeare’s sonnets and A Tale of Two Cities. She assigned a poetry project that gave me something to care about during the loneliest period of my life.
She told me I was an excellent student and gave me A’s. I couldn’t remember having been told anything like that before.