Day Three - Gratitude - For Teachers Everywhere!

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"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

When I moved to Washington DC in middle school I lived in Washington DC but I attended Holton Arms in Bethesda Maryland. Holton Arms is a medium sized all girls college preparatory school which was established in 1901 by two women, Miss Arms and Mrs. Holton.

Like many all girls schools, Holton began as a finishing school with an educational bent to it. By the time I got to Holton it was no longer a finishing school – except in the sense that the education I received there was so rigorous that I thought it was going to finish me off!

Without a doubt, the best teachers I ever had from elementary school through law school were my Holton teachers. Most were married with families of their own, but these amazing women still treated us like we were the most important parts of their lives. Mrs. Rogers, my AP English teacher, was a soft spoken exquisitely beautiful woman who was incredibly tough as a teacher. When she said you had written something well or captured the essence of a book, you walked on air for a week!

Mrs. Cole, in the history department, taught everything – or so it seems in my memory. I know she taught Government to 8th graders, AP American History and it seems that she also taught European history. She walked around the class with a glorious posture that belied her days as a model (or so she told us.) When I think of the War of the Roses and Richard III, I think of Mrs. Cole!

I had a wonderful math teacher – Mrs. Thomas. She was another fantastic teacher who managed to make calculus sensible. I did so very well in high school and then got to college and crashed and burned with calculus! My success was clearly due to Mrs. Thomas.

The best of all my teachers however was Miss Shearman. This woman was a force of nature who was my Latin teacher for three years. If you got the wrong answer she threw a super ball at you. If you made a grammatical mistake in English, you had to contribute a penny to her piggy bank made of a bleach bottle. She took us from Amo, Amas, Amat to the glories of Virgil in just three years.

When she wasn’t teaching us Latin, she taught us mythology, geography, a little Italian, word origins, sculpture and painting. We had to learn the most famous Venus sculptures, the best of Bernini’s fountains, Botticelli’s glorious paintings, lots of classical arches and columns, and every hill in Rome!

Miss Shearman was from New England, a graduate of Wellesley College. I was Southern and taught to say “yes ma’am.” To Miss Shearman’s ear, that was servile, so every time I slipped up, I had to contribute a penny to the dreaded pig bleach bottle! That pig ate very well on my pennies for three years!

In honor of Miss Shearman's teachings, I grew to love art and the history of art.  Every city that I visit has an art museum and I make sure that I see it - in honor of Miss Shearman.  My children grew up visiting art museums too - and now they love spending time in museums as much as I do.

I hope that you had the good fortune to have wonderful teachers too! I am so incredibly grateful for the wonderful teachers that I had all through Holton! Please - go hug a teacher and say thank you!


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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Lise.  What a tribute to those who taught a young lady.  All of my teachers except for two have long ago passed.  I remember them with fondness.  BTW my oldest granddaughter is a teacher.  Go figure

Nov 18, 2016 07:17 PM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

James Dray = I know of one or two of my Holton teachers who are still alive - but not any of these wonderful ladies - what a great group they were! I am glad that your oldest grand daughter is a teacher - that is wonderful - she must have gotten that from you since you teach all of us every day!

Nov 18, 2016 07:20 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Lise.  They must have been wonderful teachers as you have remembered them so well.

Nov 18, 2016 08:20 PM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Gabe Sanders  - a good teacher is life changing and such a gift! I am sorry that these ladies could not be cloned for everyone! 

Nov 18, 2016 08:21 PM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing . This is a nice contest on active rain. I love to read all the posts about things everyone  is thankful for.

Nov 18, 2016 08:56 PM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Mom was a teacher, so I have always had a great deal of respect for good teachers!

Nov 18, 2016 11:31 PM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Lise -we are the product of our parent and our great teachers.  Hold them up as examples.

Nov 19, 2016 12:28 AM #7
Carol Williams
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Hi Lise,  
I love that you acknowledged teachers.  I should do that too.  I have two teachers who were particularly helpful to me as a child.  I wrote them both after I grew up and they wrote back!  

Nov 19, 2016 12:51 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise, there were a few teachers I am grateful for and then there were a few I wish I never crossed paths with...Endre

Nov 19, 2016 10:37 AM #9
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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Teachers have amazing impact on lives.  The good ones are priceless, the lesser, obstacles.  Sounds like you had the best ones.  I had some great ones as well including a Mrs. Cole (English) and Mrs. Thomas (English).

Nov 19, 2016 10:32 PM #10
Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing some of your fond memories of outstanding teachers.

Nov 20, 2016 07:48 PM #11
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