So it's World Book Day today. Alfie's school celebrated, and he dressed up as Just William:
I've already done a list of favourite childhood reads. But it got me thinking about how much school was responsible for my enduring love of reading. And that got me thinking about teachers. In particular those who were the most inspiring. I'm sure everyone has a favourite teacher. These were mine:
A List Of Teachers Who Inspired Me
Cav Stribley & Roz Plaisted
Miss Lewis was my teacher at my last year of Primary School. She was a strict Welsh woman, who didn't take any nonsense from the unruly mob that descended upon her classroom in September 1980. I remember her reading the whole class the riot act on the first day of term. But I loved Miss Lewis. She was an imaginative teacher, who encouraged my love of story telling and poetry. When I had an eye operation, she sent me a get well card and an Easter egg. She put me forward to take an entrance examination for a private school. Had it not been for her, my educational life could have been very different. Oh and she was a very good rounders player.
Dr Clough was one of those teachers that inspired awe in some and hatred in others. In me it was awe. She was a Dr! She was very funky. She was demanding. She introduced me to Shakespeare, and I have had an enduring love of him ever since. I remember her writing this William Blake poem on the blackboard when I was twelve. As a class we dissected this poem. I absolutely loved it. It opened up a world of critical thinking. It showed me literature was more than just the words on a page. My love of words and language have remained, and I have her to thank.
Sally Knights was my Classics teacher. Unconventional, and unorthodox. I thought she was fabulous. She went the extra mile for me when I was struggling with Latin. She really cared about her students. She's obviously still doing it judging from this newspaper article. What a star!
Cav Stribley & Roz Plaisted taught and supported me while I studied for my Counselling Diploma. They were an amazing double act, who showed me that the Person Centred approach is a way of being, by their very fine example. I trusted them implicitly to keep me safe while I travelled down the often lonely path towards being a counsellor. But more than the training, they helped me to accept myself for who I am, and I can never thank them enough for that.
Five very fine women, I think you will agree.