Teaching: 5 Teachers I will never forget

It’s that time of the year – Early September. All students go back to school and it made me reflect on when I was a “young Elena”. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ There are some Teachers that I will never forget.


1) My French Teacher – was a very fat man. We were a bit noisy, so when He walked into the class, he would stand in front and with a serious face, he’d shout: "Silance!" – well that’s how he pronounced it. Still, it never made me hate learning French.


2) My Physics Teacher – used to mutter under his breath when talking. I hated that subject and he made me hate it even more. I don’t think I ever saw him smile. I wasn’t surprised that I failed my Physics.


3) My Driving Instructor – Oh… I had to have a lot of patience with him. In those days I paid £15.00 for an hour and he would spend the first 15 minutes telling me stories about him and his Country. I used to wish that we could get moving, but on the outside, I smiled politely at him because he was an elderly man.


This should be fun to drive....

4) My Geography Teacher – There is only one incident that stands clear in my head and that is when my parents came to school and she kept on telling my parents how lovely I was, which worried me because I always had low grades in her class. She was really nice, I just didn’t take to Geography.

5) My Drama Teacher – I liked her because she taught us how to dance various dances and she got involved with all of us. It was fun as we were out on the play ground and sometimes wore costumes, so I guess it was easy to really like her. She also took photos of us when we entertained the school. Oh, she Rocked!!


A Drama Class

What I have learnt

1) I have learnt that a teacher can actually make you love or hate a subject.

2) If you make lessons interesting, learners will be engaged more to learn.

3) If you are cold and never smile – you would come across as unapproachable and learners will be hesitant to come to you if they have problems.

Having said that, I guess No Teacher is perfect.


** Quote “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada

Do you remember any of your Teachers?


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lavender3957 5 years ago

I think it depends upon the teacher whose interest should be in educating the children to learn. Many teachers in my school days and teaching as a teacher, I have seen mean teachers, soft teachers, and teachers who did not care. I even seen bullying other teachers from professional teachers. I, as a teacher make learning fun. Full of activities that are educational to learn. I carry a smile and so my best. How the teacher reflects their own attitude towards teaching students makes an impact if they are going to learn. I loved History, but hated the History Teacher. She was like the wicked witch of Oz. Mean, scarey and very rude. If you were late, she mocked you in front of the class, Or made you center of attention of embarrassment. Like holding up your D paper and saying D for dumb, you need to work harder. Or I have seen her dump a girl's purse in front of the whole class because the girl was thought to be hiding cigarettes, which she was not. The whole class seen she had tampons, birth control pills and condoms, She left the class crying and dropped out of school. I am a teacher and I try to respect all and make learning fun.

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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

I also enjoyed learning from teachers & professors at school or from some educational programs I watched as a child. I use to watch PBS as a child, so I was really into the world of education ever since about 2 or 3 years old.

My mom was my greatest teacher though, she showed me how to love, care, clean, walk, talk, share, give, make my bed, overall hygiene, and so many more life lessons i can go on listing them for hours on end. Most of all my best teacher has been pure life experiences. There's nothing quite like it, and I love questing for more to learn each day. Beautiful Hub you got here, Thanks for sharing.......

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

There are two teachers I will never forget. One cost me a year in public school and the other abused me. I have forgiven them their deeds but I will never forget their deeds.

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I quickly learned most of my teachers were as apathetic towards school as I was and taught myself in the library.;)

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Lavender - Thanks for sharing your experience. Me and you seem to have the same attitude towards teaching. Glad you stopped by.

** Cloud Explorer - Lovely comment to read. These days many kids miss out on that aspect from their parents. It's true life teaches us too. Thanks for sharing.

** Hello Dave - Oh... that saddens me that you have such memories, but I am glad you forgave them.... for your sake. May God heal you of all painful emotions.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Mentalist Acer - thanks for sharing too.

Well, you taught yourself well. I see your uniqueness and talent in your style of writing. Glad you stopped by. :)

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anglnwu 5 years ago

I'll never forget my Chinese teacher--she's was like a mother to me. Even though I stunk at Chinese, she never punished me, even though she was less than tolerant of others who were not as good at the subject. Thanks for sharing yours--teachers do make a difference, good or bad. Enjoyed your story-telling skills.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

LadyE, Great hub! You are so smart I cannot imagine you failing physics! Shame on that teacher lol! Luv the Quote by Ignacio Estrada!

As always Thank You for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Elena, This Hub reminds me of a time in a microbiology class i was taking, i had my legs crossed, my shoe slipped off and hit the floor with a bang, the instructor kept right on speaking saying something like the cells divided and Ruby's shoe fell off, everyone laughed, and we all loved him for being funny and creative....


paulgc 5 years ago

Hello LadyE,

I had a drama teacher in primary school called Mrs Compton and she thought that i had what it takes to be a good actor, so much so that she once scribed to me ;dont forget, "this is your life".She thought that i would go on to be a famous actor and that she would appear on the programme "This is yor life" as my old drama teacher. Her belief in me helped me when i went to high school and although i passed drama with flying colours i sadly never became the actor that she thought i could. I often think about how i have let her down but my life took a different direction to the one she imagined for me. To sum up, teachers can be very influential in ones life and thanks to your nostalgic hub i have had a chance to remember a great lady.Voted up and awesome.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Anglnwu - Aaawh... I like your story. You must have felt very comfortable and always happy to go to school. Thanks for sharing.

** Hello Deborrah - thanks so much for stopping. I laughed at your comments. Hope all is well. Glad you stopped by.

** Hi Ruby, he sounds like a nice, cool Teacher. I wish all Teachers would have a sense of humour and not look so stern. I enjoyed your story.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Paul - Mrs Compton was very nice and inspired you. I like that. You never know, you might decide to take it up later or maybe have drama classes for kids.

..... or you could be a famous photographer for Celebs who do all the drama. It's time to knock Darryn Lyons of his spot. He needs competition. :)

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floating mind 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

My geography teacher from the 5th grade will always be my all time favorite teacher. She really made geography come alive for me. But I really think it's because I had one serious case of puppy-love and it was focused on her. I think she knew it, because she would constantly challenge me in the class and I was always too happy to answer any question she asked. I got an "A+" and I was really happy, because she was happy that I got the "A+!"

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Floating Mind - Ha ha.... sweet story. I'm glad you passed. She had a passion for teaching. I like that.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

This was quite interesting Lady_E, I was ready to say that I had favorite teachers, too, but you pulled a fast one, LOL! I really liked what you said about your driving instructor. Say how did you get that character in the first paragraph? Anyway I voted it up, funny, interesting.

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY

Ah how you conjured up so many memories for me. I can recite every teacher name and give a blurb on each one. But the ones that stand out were the ones that made me love to learn. 7th grade Social Studies - Mr DeConstanzo - his passion for the war and peace and made me a history lover. Then in 10th grade I had an English teacher - she adored Shakespeare and the vim and vigor she brought to his words (as well as the clarity) absolutely got me to pay attention.


Your quoted quote “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” should be on the desk of every teacher out there.

I loved reading this!

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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Cool hub.Thanks for sharing.I enjoyed the quote by Ignacio Estrada, it is very wise indeed.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Fastfreta - I look forward to reading yours too. I have a lot of those funny characters. Feel free to copy and use. (It can be copied)

Best Wishes :)

Hi Shari - I'm glad this brought back good memories for you. I like the sound of your teachers. You must have enjoyed school. Thanks so much for stopping. :)

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks All-a-dream. :)

Glad you enjoyed the Hub.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Teachers are great person who taught us everything we didn't know before. They are like a hero without asking for replies. With the big heart. They share everything they known. From their loyalty, we can be "something". So< I am proud to be a teacher. Thanks for share this hub, very inspiring and I give my vote to you. Cheers...


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Prasetio - I appreciate your comments. It's nice you are passionate about being a Teacher.



dreamreachout 5 years ago

Elena, I fondly remember my teachers and there are few that I will never forget!! This topic is inspiring me to write a hub on the subject .. I will, once I have some time!!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Dreamreachout - Good to hear from you. I'm glad this brought back good memories of your Teachers. I bet you were one of the best students too...

Looking forward to reading the Hub.

Best Wishes, Elena.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

A teacher's job should never be under estimated. We always remember the teachers who took a real interest in us as a person. Teaching is a wonderful vocation for someone to inspire and truly care for a pupil. A teacher should always find that special something that a child possesses and every child does, regardless of how less able or difficult they may be! Great hub as always, voting up and pressing those buttons again too. Thank you.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Very True Acaetnna - very true....

Thanks for sharing that. :)

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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

It is very nice story that reminds me in my childhood when I was student and how some of the teachers were very rude. Like my math teacher of my fourth grade, he used to insult me whenever he enters the class because of my elder brother that he didn't like and I did nothing wrong to him. I never told my prents and my brother because I was scared. Thanks for sharing.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello Abdi - sorry to hear about that. I wish you reported him or spoke to your parents about it. I hope some of your Teachers were nice. Life is funny, you will probably meet the Rude Teachers later in life and be in a position to help then and they would feel so bad.

Anyway Take Care.

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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Hello there Lady_E! I remember Ms. Parker, my sixth grade math teacher - a really good teacher. Ms. Grady was my social studies teacher, she spoke very clearly and concise and was extremely good at getting us students to understand her lessons. Mr. Fowler, my high school Economics Teacher, he was so excited about economics and although I was not crazy about learning Economics, I learned a lot because of his excitement. The only thing I did not like was that for some reason, spit would fly out of his mouth when he talked - LOL! Then there was Mr. Czop, my 6th grade science teacher - I don't think I will ever forget him - we did so many experiments in his class (actually more than we did in high school chemistry (go figure) - I will never forget his enthusiasm, patience and willingness to go many extra miles to see that us students understood science - and the many great first hand experiences we had with getting to know some of natures finest, turtles, fish, rabbits, snakes, mice, conducting electricity - for some reason when I think of him, my heart aches a little - maybe it's because I realize there are not many teachers such as he was - and I think it's his influence that has caused me to be interested in science today - I'm always watching shows and specials about animals (home pets and wildlife) and documentaries about our great universe - love reading and viewing pictures of galaxies, the stars, etc. I have to admit, I had more great teachers than not. Only a couple of them were so-so, not really interested in whether we learned anything or not. Most were great, Mr. Czop tops the list. I hope our educational system, gets back on track - students need teachers who care and share in their enthusiasm and/or know how to impart a spark of desire to learn a subject even when the student is not interested. For those students who have that, great!!! And hope you take in all the wisdom you can. For those who do not, but you are eager about a particular subject, seek other sources to learn what you want to know and pursue it with joy, determination and a never-give-up attitude. voted and rated. Thanks for the memories!!!

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Support Med - Oh I enjoyed reading your comments and laughed a lot too. I bet you really enjoyed school. Bless your Economics Teacher. lol ...but it's nice when learners can see the excitement of their Teachers. You recall that time so vividly.... Wow. :)

Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

Best Wishes

Elena x

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lemmyC 5 years ago from UK


Great article!I try to remember my all my teachers with great fondness. My parents were both teachers. Therefore, I choose to love my teachers. If I hate any of them, it'll reflect in my performance in the subject. Who loses: the teacher or me? You guess is as good as mine.I think that as my mum would say: friends are friends some are gold, some silver, and, some bronze(well you can add to the list). So are teachers.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello Mr LemmyC

Thanks so much for stopping by to share. You must have been an "A" student, as both your parents were Teachers. :)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Hello! I love this hub and it hits home with how a teacher can be an influence in student lives. Your certainly have had wonderful instructors in your life. What a blessing! I am linking this to my hub on how to be an excellent teacher.

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Teaches12345 Hi... yes, it is amazing. I notice as old as we are, we tend to remember out teachers, particularly the very good ones. Thanks for linking the Hub and I appreciate you taking time to read my other Hubs. Best Wishes.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I also have great memories of some of my teachers. How nice of you to give back to them in this way! I vote up and sharing too.

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Hello Lady E, I was a teacher and can relate. I had good teachers and a few bad ones. The good ones had the greatest influence in my life and future choice in teaching. Thank God for the good ones in our lives. Nice hub,

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GoForTheJuggler 4 years ago from Texas

Fun read, Lady_E - voted up!

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@ChristyWrites - Thanks Christy. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

@whonunuwho - So True - You never forget the good ones. Some of my Students are still in touch with me....though they left years ago, but they are adults and I didn't mind giving them my number. I hope once in a while you get to meet some of your students. It's a beautiful feeling. Thanks for stopping.

@GofortheJuggler - Cheers. So glad you stopped by.

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Yes Lady E, I too have met my former students and the look in their eye and happy faces made all that I went through back then well worth my every effort.

Starmom41 4 years ago

Good hub & interesting subject!

Throughout all my years in the public school system, there were only 2 teachers I intensely disliked. The first was my 2nd-grade teacher who truly hated children & was horrible to us. The second was a jerk I first encountered in 8th grade, virtually everything about the guy was out of line, but the really over-the-top incident was when he brought "dirty" novels to class and made a point of choosing the "religious" kids to make read passages out loud in front of the rest of the class, because he seemed to get a kick out of how embarrassed they were; when I encountered the same jerk the next school year I flatly refused to be in his class- I told my parents & principal I'd quit school altogether if I didn't get transferred to a different class.

Other teachers were good, though, but I most liked my English teachers because I was one of their star students, and one math teacher who taught so well that even I understood what he was saying.

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@whonunuwho Aaaawh... that's nice to know. Thanks again.

@Starmom - Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm so glad you stood your ground regarding the 8th grade teacher. It makes you wonder how he got into the teaching profession. Probably fell into it...not by choice. Such Teachers make students hate the subject or even attending school altogether. You were brave. Thanks

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