Best. Teacher. Ever.

A conversation last Thursday:


“Are you happy school’s about to be out?”


“Really? You’re not ready for summer?”

“Well, I’m kind of excited but I’m kind of not excited, too.”


“Because I’m going to miss Mrs. B.”

“Me, too. She’s a good teacher.”

“She’s the best teacher ever. I wish she could be my teacher next year.”


No argument from me. When your son is not ready for summer vacation because he loves his teacher so much, you have succeeded — wildly — as a teacher. Mrs. B is the best teacher ever, and I’m so thankful both of my kids had her for 2nd grade. She’s the kind of teacher we’ll send a graduation announcement to, along with a heartfelt thank-you note, when each kid is a high school senior. Because even after 13 years of public school, she’ll probably still have been the best.

Thanks, Mrs. B.


Who was your favorite teacher from childhood? What made him or her great?


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Zach Gibson

posted June 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I have 2 as well.
Mr Mariani in 4th grade. He taught me a love for history. He was a teacher by trade, but an actor by passion. He made school exciting. I never wanted to miss a day of school because it was always an adventure.

My second was Mr. Ziretta, sophomore English. He was tough. He expected each of us to have a brain, and an intelligent comment on what we were reading. He had the persona of Jim Rome, if that helps. My favorite teacher in High School.

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Ray Hollenbach

posted June 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

My first two years of school featured an array of look-alike nuns who inspired fear (not of God, but of nuns) and literally used wooden rulers on our knuckles. In sixth grade I had a rage-a-holic teacher who threw chalk and books at kids and paddled them (us) with his “board of education.” In high school I had a likable (male) drama teacher given fits of crying and hurt feelings over the actions of his students. What century did I go to school?

Yet my junior and senior year the choir teacher invited me to take his class. He taught me to love all kinds of music, modeled patience, faith, discipline, good-humor and took a genuine interest in nearly a hundred students under his charge. Godspeed to Jerome Pugsley, wherever he is today.

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posted June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

2 candidates:

Mr. O’Brien in 4th grade. He was going through a divorce at the same time my parents were. He helped me and challenged me to stay focused on school. It meant a lot to me.

Mr. Abrams in High School. He was my choir teacher and I had him for more classes than anyone else. I didn’t know that I could enjoy singing and making music that much. He was a hard-ass to be sure, but he got the best out of you if you had thick enough skin.

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Susie Finkbeiner

posted June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I had a teacher like that in 5th grade. Mrs. O. She was tough and so very strict. But she was also kind. She knew what the students were capable of and expected nothing less. It was great to have someone believe in me. I really hope my kids have a teacher like her at some point!

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Bill Archinal

posted June 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Jeff Berta was my choir teacher at Mackenzie Jr. High in Lubbock. He respected us and we respected him. He treated us like people, not like the bratty jr. high jerks we were.
Also, Gary Biggers at Amarillo High, he allowed us to have fun within reason and I learned so much from him as he was the smartest man I had met up to that point. He is still in the top ten.

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Rachel H. Evans

posted June 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

My mom is a Mrs. B. Tall, quiet high school boys will lumber into her 3rd grade classroom every now and then to give her a hug and tell her that they’ve never had a teacher like her!

How lucky I am to have her as a mom!

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