COVER S TORY
N A previous issue of The
Connection, we posed these
questions to our readers: Who
was your favorite teacher?
And why? We received dozens
of thoughtful and poignant
responses from people who told
stories of teachers—from the first
grade through college—who made a lifelong impact on their lives.
Our respondents shared that their
favorite teachers were kind, respectful,
passionate and patient. They engaged with
their students and made learning fun.
They were fully knowledgeable about the
subjects they taught, but more important
was how they taught them. For a special
year or two, these teachers nourished and
motivated their young charges, then sent
them on to the next grade and their lives.
All of our respondents also described
exact details of their favorite teacher
and their classrooms, even from a half
century ago. Often, these teachers played
an important role at a pivotal time in the
Studies of effective teachers echo
these comments. Technology is playing
a greater role in the classroom these days,
but the teacher is still at the heart of
learning. “Watching a great teacher at the
top of his or her form is like watching
a great surgical or artistic performance,”
writes Mark F. Goldberg in the book
Keeping Good Teachers (ASCD, ;;;;;
not available at Costco.) “Although in-
finitely difficult and painstakingly
planned, great teaching appears effortless
We’re featuring a handful of favorite
teacher stories here as a kickoff to our
“Back to school” special section. Best
wishes to all students and teachers in this
coming school year.— Tim Talevich
class OF THE
These teachers left an
impact on their students
that lasted a lifetime
T WAS the ;;;;–;;;; school year.
I was in the second grade, and it was
Mrs. Joeann Revis’ first year of teaching.
When I walked into her room for the first
day, I just loved her. She was so pretty,
sweet and nice.
She soon found out there were several
of us who were really struggling with reading. She worked with our group during
class time, stayed after school and had us
go to her house on Saturdays to tutor us.
She also had two small children, so that
was real dedication.
I know in my heart if it were not for
her, I would never have become the avid
reader I am today.
After ;; years, I found that we both still
live in Oregon, and my husband and I traveled to see her. She was everything I
remembered and more. We now talk on the
phone and write back and forth. I still love
my second-grade teacher with all my heart.
Student: Susan Farley Madsen
Teacher: Mrs. Joeann Revis
School: Humbolt Grade School
Canyon City, OR
a love of reading