Who is one of the most potent, life-changing teachers you have had the pleasure of experiencing in your life?
Gifts from my heart to yours: I’m dreaming up exciting behind-the-scene changes on The Alchemist’s Heart, complete with our new weekly rhythm. We will be enjoying Musical Mondays, Teaching Tuesdays, Wondering Wednesdays, Top Talent Thursdays and Feel-It-Work Fridays ~ a pattern of powerful modes of sharing!
Today’s Wondering Wednesday question is this:
Who is one of the most potent, life-changing teachers you have had the pleasure of experiencing in your life, and what made them so very special?
I’ll share mine and encourage you to share one (or more – because the Universe is abundant!) of yours:
Top honors go to Dr. David Madsen from my teen years at Seattle University. He was an irreverent genius at a Jesuit university who made Latin, Greco-Roman architecture and the joys of critical thinking come alive. He smoked so much his shirt armpits were stained yellow, made inappropriate comments (think Hugh Laurie playing House, M.D.), was proud of “breaking” 4.0 students (although he didn’t crack me), and had an infectious enthusiasm for life. My pig-tailed, 16 year old Sophomore self was utterly delighted to be respected and taken seriously on the basis of my thinking skills, not my age. His out-of-the box teaching inspires (puts the breath of life into) my avocation. I am tickled to see he’s still teaching and am concocting a letter of gratitude to share the difference he’s made in one life…and everyone I’ve worked with. Have you had a teacher who rocked your world in the best possible ways? Consider letting them know – there has GOT to be something supremely satisfying to have that gift of knowledge a quarter of a century later.
Mine was Mr. Kopperude my 6th grade teacher. I moved a great deal in my life and was always behind in elementary school academics along with socially shy. I had spent 2 whole years in one school. I had just started 6th grade when the city school board decided to do segregation with the schools based on where you lived. I would have to change schools yet again. Mr. Kopperude when to the school board and spoke on my behalf telling them I was just beginning to show progress and an interest in school. For me to change schools would be detrimental to my progress. The school board listened and I was able to finish 6th grade with him before we moved again when I was 1 month into my 7th grade year.