Tribute to: Mrs. Fernandes, Fatima Convent High School, Margao Goa, India
Mrs. Fernandes was my language teacher in seventh grade. I credit
my love for reading to her. She also introduced me to Scrabble . She was
so vivacious and I can still recollect her laughing away all my worries
and fears. Even while suffering from cancer she made it seem not
so dreadful . I miss her a lot and just want to say what a profound
impact she had on me.
As a teacher today, I try to be the kind of teacher she was.
Submitted by: Mildred Lobo
Tribute to: Dr. Gerald Haslam, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
In the fall of 1974, while attending Sonoma State University
I signed up for three literature classes planning to drop two. By
the time I attended Dr. Haslam's class there was no longer a contest.
The class was called "The Short Story" and it had a profound effect on
my life and on my vocation. He stripped away the jargon until you
understood the concepts and were interested in knowing the name of the
literary concepts. By that time I had fallen in love with short stories
and with literature in general. Dr. Haslam is not only an effective
teacher but an accomplished author and still writes from his home near
the university where we first met. You can see read about his work and
purchase his books at: http://www.geraldhaslam.com/
Submitted by: Steven Fletcher
Tribute to: Sr. Theresa Mary, Fatima Convent High School, Margao Goa, India
When I came first to Fatima Convent High School for admission to
the pre-primary, Sr. Theresa Mary interviewed me. She asked me to
identify objects, colours, numbers etc and I did very well. She then
gave me a chocolate and I was thrilled. It was the first time that I
had come in close contact with a nun. I later met her at her residence
a few months before she passed away. She was too ill then to attend
office and one would have to go to the residence to meet her. What
surprised me was that she was very cheerful in spite of her suffering
and I admire her for that.
Submitted by: Shirley da Cunha
Tribute to: Mr. Richmond, Riverview Elementary School, Riverview, Florida, U.S.A.
My second grade teacher was Mr. Richmond and I will never forget
him: I hope I can meet him in the "afterlife" life. I was a shy,
"gifted" (sensitive and confused!) child in a place and time where no
one understood such things, and Mr. Richmond was a gifted teacher and
an innovative one. He taught me in a class that was two classes in one
(second grade and third grade combined). I am sure most teachers would
have found this burdensome but he made it into an opportunity to help
both classes. His brilliance was putting the kids who "went" together
in the middle and taking better care of both groups of kids who didn't
quite fit in one group or the other. He took a lemon (having to teach a
half and half class with twice as much work) and made it better for all
the kids. I didn't feel picked on or singled out -- I think he did this
very gently and graciously.
And he had all of us do a project,
a physical project, like a diorama or maybe growing a plant, for each
subject. I think we all loved him -- I know I did. I thought he looked
like President Lincoln, who always seemed to me to have a very kind
I wonder if he ever knew how much of an impact he had. Bless you Mr. Richmond!
Submitted by: Carroll Straus
Tribute to: Mrs. Helen Goodykoontz, Christiansburg High School, Christiansburg, Virginia.
Mrs. Helen Goodykoontz taught me Junior English and Senior English in
high school. Mrs. Goodykoontz was always supportive and
encouraging. And I remember how she encouraged us to read, read
anything, just read. She also encouraged me to think for myself
and to be proud of my abilities. Mrs. Goodykoontz has since passed away
and she was indeed a positive influence on my mind and on my soul.
Submitted by: Jay Bender
Tribute to: Mrs. Rutherford, Millers Creek School, Phyllis, Ky.
Mrs. Rutherford lived and worked in the Pike County school system, in
Ky. The school was the Millers Creek School. The post
office nearest to the former location of the school is Phyllis, Ky. The
school was shut down due to building of the Fishtrap Dam in eastern Ky.
The school was closed in 1963, the children rode the bus to Grapevine
Elementary. Seven one and two room schools were closed and the children
came to Grapevine Elementary Parents found that most of the children
were more advanced than those already in this school, some were
backward socially. A book has been written about these one and two room
schools and will be out in 2011.
Submitted by: Pauline Looney
Tribute to: Pauline K. Looney, Simms Creek School
Pauline K. Looney is one of my favorite teachers and remains a good
friend to this day. Mrs. Looney taught in a one room school building at
Simms Creek in Pike County, Kentucky for many, many years with a great
devotion and love for her students. She had this special way about her
that made her capable of reaching out to those who were having some
difficulty learning and keeping up with their classmates. She loved
each and every one of her kids as she often called them. Mrs. Looney
seem to find time to be a great teacher, wife, mother, daughter,
sister. Mrs. Looney to this day keeps up with her former students: like
where they live, how they are doing in life, offering to still help out
if they should need anything. She does a great job at helping her
former students and friends get in touch with each other over the past
years. Mrs. Looney now lives on Lower Johns Creek, in Pike County,
Kentucky. She is still very active in giving of her time to volunteer
work at the hospital. her church, her former family (students) and
helping with her wonderful grandchildren.
Submitted by: Glema Smith
Tribute to: Tr. Rose
Tr. Rose was a very loving and understandable teacher who taught me
when I was in grade 7.She always understood the children and would
treat us with love and care.She never made us feel lonely in times of
trouble.Whenever we had problems she was always there to support us.
Submitted by: Sharonelle D'Silva