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Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, January 25, 2010 10:36 AM

Surely someone out there besides myself has memories of teachers who influenced us one way or another - how about sharing some here?

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RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, January 25, 2010 08:19 PM

I remember making butter in Miss Thoman's first grade class. That is really going back. We spread it on crackers and ate it and then shared some of it with Mrs. Adair's class which was right next door.  For second grade it was Mrs. Brownlee (whose daughter graduated in 1958) and Mrs. Penney. For thrid grade we had half days at Loller and Mrs. Finnegan was my teacher. Remember running down the firescapes for fire drills. Fourth grade was Mrs. Swain and she was really nice. 5th grade was Mrs. Patterson and we were in the basement of the high school.  The high school kids were not allowed downstairs and it was our gradeschool domain.  I remember when we hatched praying mantis cocoons and the girls screamed and kept their legs off the floor because they were scared of them. Too funny.  We did a western show program for our parents with musical skits and all.  For 6th it was Mrs. Janelle, who also happened to be a neighbor and we were back in Loller. Remember all the poetry we learned to recite and also wrote? Think John Rruckdeschel was in that class too. Now in 7th grade we had Mr. Groves for math and science and were back down in the basement of the high school again. Rememeber him sticking one kid upside down in the trash can on or about the first day of school. Couldn't do that now!!! Guess he was trying to get his point across.

Who rememebrs all the Latin with Mr. Heesen (Mr. Peepers)? That went right out the window. Miss Fleck was our music teacher from gradeschool into junior high at least. We had many experiences with her.  Mrs. Schiable had us make fruit cocktail in home ec. for the Honor Society dinner and the sugar had bugs in it and we had to make it anyway. That was gross.   

Driving with Mr. Rorer was an experience. My turn to drive and it was probably all of about 10-15 miles an hour and  Judy Curnow in the back seat going oooooooh, oooooh.  I still laugh about that. Mr.  Dillon for 7th grade English. He later went to LaSalle College to teach. In ninth grade were were all back in Loller again and I had Mrs. Yeager for homeroom in what had been Mrs. Adair's first grade class. In 10th we hadMr. Gladnick for biology and he was a true champ. Typing - don't watch the keys. After all these years, still never mastered that one. Mr. George - he was one of a kind, a true saint to have put up with us.

Gym first thing in the morning guaranteed straight hair, then go to geometry and roast because the school was hot. Didn't do much for image!!

The Thanksgiving football games and we'd march down to upper Moreland and back up and around Hatboro with the band becasue we won. The energy we had. Dances in the gym, summer dances in the Federal Parking lot for the library.      

We had a lot of fun and without all kinds of fancy gadgets too!                                                

 

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:18 PM

Seems that a couple of teachers influenced me - Mr. Elmy somehow ignited  a desire to read every book I could get my hands on,   on many subjects and still continue that habit.   About 200 books a year at last count.   Served me well,  as much of what I learned came from that habit.   I still hate english comp,  but at least I had that training in his class.   Needed it for several of the occupations I had.

On the other side of the coin,  I hated gym,  and unfortunately the poor teacher.  And felt it was not needed as all I ever did all through school was roam all over on my bike and in the woods.   The bike is no longer in the picture,  but I still am off in the woods or fishing,  usually with my constant companion Betty,  so I got and get plenty of exercise.   Funny thing...all of my kids hated gym also.   Wonder why?

ANd then there was POD,  ah,  what a class.   I actually liked that class.

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, February 1, 2010 02:26 PM

Arriving when I did, partway through the thid grade, and having already been in two other schools somethings caught up well - and some did not.  in Baltimore we were starting to write in script - in New York, that didn't happen until much later, and in Hatboro it was already done.  My handwriting has been atrocious all my life as a result.  Of course, once I discovered typewriters, it didn't matter any more, until I got to Syracuse and had a whole new alphabet to learn!  At least I could write Russian legibly, not that it was real useful once I got out of the service.

 

Teachers - let's see -

Third grade - Miss Finegan

Fourth grade - Mrs. Swain

Fifth Grade - Mss Jasner (the one we drove away partway through the year)

Sixth Grade - Mrs. Janell

All memorable for one reason or another - some for the fact that we had immigrants arrive who had to assimilate, whom we had to help to do so.  Probably nobody remembers Hans Fischer (who later rejoined us as John Ruckdeschel) but one of my memories was teaching him the basic chess moves, then suffering defeat every time we played!

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After Elementary school there were many teachers - some more memorable than others.  Favorites included (in no particular order) Russ Alden, Ed Elmy, Allen P. George, Leo Gladnick, Ray Thomas, Warren Williams, Jake Fisher, Philip Heesen, Virginia Crawford, Jack Badger, Dr. Sponsellor, Fat Tony Beshel, Art Stezin (although i wasn't even good enough at art for one to say that I sucked), Don Hetrick, Roy Snyder,Hester Fleck and John Frank, the reading guy.  I liked Harry Hollihan but hated Gym, so that was a mixture - same with Big Red Lynaugh, who preceded him.  I remember Big Red coming to my house once to try to sell me folks encyclopedias - my father was not thrilled.

For a time I was one of the guys on the roof shooting football games for the coaching staff, until I got fired for spending too much film on cheerleaders.  I also worked in the photo lab, played DJ and set up various sorts of equipment for various functions - anything to avoid study halls. 

Other memories included surreptitious  late entry into the gym to fly model airplanes (there was always a door unlocked somewhere)  and one concert duet with Barb Vanderhoff with which I was well pleased for a change.

When I couldn't duck a study hall, the library was always a good place to hang out - it kept my appetite for science fiction well sated, and introduced me to other sorts of literature that I most probably would not have opened up.  Of course, Ed Elmy was to blame for a lot of that, too - I think he taught me how to think, or at least did nore in that direction than many others.

I recall a number of crushes - but the names are reserved for my posthumous autobiography, although I daresay some of the objects thereof may have some recollection of simple behavior on my part.

I wish sometimes that my kids could have experienced these teachers - but I think times have changed too much. I also wish I had had the wit to appreciate what I had at the time rather than having to rely, as I must, on hindsight.

 

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RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, February 1, 2010 02:43 PM

See, we did have some of the same elementary school teachers. Don't you remember third grade being a half day because they were bulding a new elementary school which we never got to use? I do remember Hans Fisher in leiderhosen and then later returning as John Ruckdeschel. Some things you don't forget!

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:07 AM

You all are bringing back a lot of memories.  Lea, I remember making the butter and then eating it on the crackers.  That was a big deal for me at the time.  I loved Ms Thoman and on occassion was really embarassed when I called her mommy by mistake.  Of course the bigger deal was learning how to read.  Johnny was our bus driver and he used to play Santa Claus in town.  We were so amazed that he knew everyone's name until we  realized it was Johnny and he drove us to and from school. My absolutely favorite teacher in elementary school was Ms Gibson, how happy I was to have her for both 4th and 5th grade. I remember her reading Johnny Tremain to us.  Do you recall how we had to learn all the capitals for the United States and Latin American countries, it seems that kids today never have to memorize anything like that.  I guess you just google it.

In 8th grade, we used to have A and F oral quizzes in Ms Yeager's English class.  Some times some of the guys would ask to play for double or nothing.  I remember Tony Longo and Glenn Kaiser doing that.   That was the year we returned to Loller and had all of our classes there.

Another big memory was having Mr. Dobson for math and the songs he wrote and played for us on his guitar so we would remember the formulas we needed.   We would be humming them to ourselves as we took our tests    Here is one he wrote to the tune of Yankee Doodle.  The circumference of a circle is, please do not ask me why, by taking the diameter and X'ing it by pi.  Circle ,circle, round and flat circle,circle, dandy, and then I forget the last sentence.  Help me out here!

Who can forget disecting frogs in Mr. Gladnick's biology class. Our 100 word essays we had do each week for Mr. Elmy and his never ending vocabulary/spelling tests.  He really taught us a lot in POD. I remember when Mr Orloske changed his name to Orr and would get furious after that if you forgot and called him by his original name.

One of the most significant experience I had at the High School was working for Mrs. Stockey in the Library and "reading shelves" to make sure the books were in the correct order.  She periodically assigned us to different areas and in this way exposed me to books I would not have thought to read.  So as I read shelves around the library I also ready books.  Reading was and conitnues to be a favorite passtime. 

I had a lot of fun being in the glee club with Ms. Fleck , the Drama Club with Ms. Plummer, and working on the yearbook in my senior year.  I spent time making the collage of baby pictures that we put in the supplement to the year book.

Home Ec brings back some funny times, I remember making a dress that was I forced to make too big for me because the teacher was sure I would be growing into it  by the time it was finished, I didn't so it never fit me.   I grew very slowly and didn't stop til I was 21.  The dress was long gone by then.

I think we were very fortunate to be in small school by today's standards, and for most of us being together since elementary school.  We all knew each other.  We grew up in a relatively happy era, though we did have to learn how to protect ourselves if an atomic bomb was dropped and remember when they began sectioning the classes off in response to the space race and the desire to improve our education.

 

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:13 AM

And Ms. Plummer had this one blue dress she would wear and there was a hole in the sleeve seam near the top. She didn't know how to sew I guess. My home ec projects were no prizes either and let years later I sewed absolutely everything my kids and I wore and won prizes for it. Go figure!!  I had Mr. George for POD and we had weekly 100 word essays on a given topic. It was challenging but fun.  Didn't anybody have Mrs. Patterson and the praying manthis for 5th grade? LOL!

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, March 1, 2010 03:26 PM


Lea Nunnamaker Teasdale wrote:

I remember making butter in Miss Thoman's first grade class. That is really going back. We spread it on crackers and ate it and then shared some of it with Mrs. Adair's class which was right next door.  For second grade it was Mrs. Brownlee (whose daughter graduated in 1958) and Mrs. Penney. For thrid grade we had half days at Loller and Mrs. Finnegan was my teacher. Remember running down the firescapes for fire drills. Fourth grade was Mrs. Swain and she was really nice. 5th grade was Mrs. Patterson and we were in the basement of the high school.  The high school kids were not allowed downstairs and it was our gradeschool domain.  I remember when we hatched praying mantis cocoons and the girls screamed and kept their legs off the floor because they were scared of them. Too funny.  We did a western show program for our parents with musical skits and all.  For 6th it was Mrs. Janelle, who also happened to be a neighbor and we were back in Loller. Remember all the poetry we learned to recite and also wrote? Think John Rruckdeschel was in that class too. Now in 7th grade we had Mr. Groves for math and science and were back down in the basement of the high school again. Rememeber him sticking one kid upside down in the trash can on or about the first day of school. Couldn't do that now!!! Guess he was trying to get his point across.

Who rememebrs all the Latin with Mr. Heesen (Mr. Peepers)? That went right out the window. Miss Fleck was our music teacher from gradeschool into junior high at least. We had many experiences with her.  Mrs. Schiable had us make fruit cocktail in home ec. for the Honor Society dinner and the sugar had bugs in it and we had to make it anyway. That was gross.   

Driving with Mr. Rorer was an experience. My turn to drive and it was probably all of about 10-15 miles an hour and  Judy Curnow in the back seat going oooooooh, oooooh.  I still laugh about that. Mr.  Dillon for 7th grade English. He later went to LaSalle College to teach. In ninth grade were were all back in Loller again and I had Mrs. Yeager for homeroom in what had been Mrs. Adair's first grade class. In 10th we hadMr. Gladnick for biology and he was a true champ. Typing - don't watch the keys. After all these years, still never mastered that one. Mr. George - he was one of a kind, a true saint to have put up with us.

Gym first thing in the morning guaranteed straight hair, then go to geometry and roast because the school was hot. Didn't do much for image!!

The Thanksgiving football games and we'd march down to upper Moreland and back up and around Hatboro with the band becasue we won. The energy we had. Dances in the gym, summer dances in the Federal Parking lot for the library.      

We had a lot of fun and without all kinds of fancy gadgets too!                                                

 

WOW!!!!!!!  I have trouble remembering my own name one day to the next?????

????? Oh Ya! Don Moore

 

 

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Sunday, April 25, 2010 05:10 PM

I thought it was Mr. Orr who put the student upside down in the trash can??  He certainly got my attention.  I would not pass notes or whisper in his class.

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 01:10 PM

I heard that about Mr. Orr, but was never to witness it.  I know I frustrated more than a few of them from time to time, particularly Mr. Elmy, but he put up with it (and with me.)

I never had any real appreciation for history until I was stationed in Germany and decided to stay there after my service hitch was over.  Among other wonders was the party the town I lived in had when its 800th biurthday rolled around.

I remember sitting in the dining room at Hotel Perkeo in Heidelberg and hearing a lion roar - and learning that the noise ws produced each time a fresh keg of Loeewenbraeu was tapped. The hotel was around 900 years old.  Touring the castle was also instructional - the walls were so think I could not believe it, until someone explained that there weren't many civil engineers around in those days, so more was considered to be better.  It did insulate pretty well....

Mr. Frank, forgot by most as a reading specialist intorduced me to several camera types that I grew to love and use to this day, and he also gave me the best sort of instruction for going overseas and learning, rather than isolating among fellow service sorts - he told me to try to learn the language, folks would help, be polite and never ask what anything was until after eating it.  He also advised staying out of GI joints, which advice I took to heart.

I just spent a couple of days with guys who did what I did where I did it (although not necessarily at the same time as I did it) and rediscovered some memories about the time in the service.  I also happened to meet one of the few junior officers for whom I had any regard and was pleased to know he retired a colonel.  Great weekend all in all.

The memories are important, and need refreshed from time to time - the good ones and the ones where I made an ass of myself are equally important as all added up to shape who and where I am today - so I'll keep going back.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September.  I have a conflict, but the decision is easy - FTVA meets in San Antonio every year, but we'll only have one 50th!

Be well, y'all.

 

 

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RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 01:47 PM

Mr. Orr might have done it too but I remember Mr. Groves. I can still see it, just not who it was though.

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 01:52 PM

It was Wayne Alexander.  I am quite sure.

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 02:01 PM

The waste basket was metal, ribbed and up at the right front side of the room. LOL!

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 02:18 PM


Robert Meade wrote:

It was Wayne Alexander.  I am quite sure.

 


What's a Wayne Alexander?  I have no memory at all of that name.

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RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 05:22 PM

My recollection is that he was the classic blue jeans (James Dean) type who in this day and age would have had a couple of armfuls of tattoos. I'm pretty sure it was 8th grade and Jack Groves' first year at Hatboro.  Also, I don't think Wayne Alexander made it to 9th grade!

 
RE: Teachers - memorable, forgettable and in-between
Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 06:45 PM

THAT'S why I don't remember him - duration!

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