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Favorite Teacher

Created on: 06/08/09 07:13 PM Views: 2090 Replies: 13
Favorite Teacher
Posted Monday, June 8, 2009 02:13 PM

Who was your favorite teacher at SHS and why? Do you have any funny teacher stories to share?

Do you still see any of our teachers around?


Edited 06/17/09 11:29 AM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Sunday, June 14, 2009 05:49 PM

My favorite teacher was Ms. Warlick  senior english. She loved English literature, especialy Robert Burns, she always called him "Bobby Burns" like she knew him intimately.

Second was Mrs. White my Latin teacher and my neighbor. I believe she was everybody's teacher at one time. I did have the priviledge to meet her daughter as my patient as few years back and told her how much I had admired her mother.

RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 02:35 PM


My favorite teachers were Mrs. Goforth and Mr. Davidson.  I still have my leaf booklet from Biology and cheers to Mr. Davidson for passing me in Algebra. 

RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 03:54 PM


I have to agree with Marsha-I think my favorite was also Miss Warlick .She really seemed to enjoy her job and knew her subject. I too had Josie White and remember my mother taking me to meet her. If she had taught your parents she loved you.Amo,Amas,Amat.


Edited 06/16/09 03:54 PM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:16 AM


Had so many good ones. I remembering telling Mrs Jolly how pretty she was and watching her blush. Mrs Warlick made college english easy and Mrs Tharpe made me ace college trig/cal. Coach Ab taught me to be myself and I loved the walking fieldtrips with Mrs Goforth and asking her if the answers were right...hee...hee. The one that set my course was TG Hamilton. He told me to teach, made me a perfectionist. He told me never to marry...I did in 1970 and I'm still with her. He came to my class at SHS and watched me teach all day before he died and I'll never forget it. I loved Al Haitt. Looking back, that poor guy had it tough. We are friends now.

Edited 06/17/09 04:40 PM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:27 AM

I have to agree with Susan Corbett. Mrs White LOVED me because she taught my father, my mother AND my big sister Jan. The bad part was she could not quite get it straight between me and my mother and insisted on calling me "Edwina", which, of course, set the class to giggles every time! How old WAS she when she taught us? She seemed like a hundred, but I know she lived way past our class. I now realize that Latin is what has made me such a champion Wheel of Fortune player in our family!  Wouldn't Josie be proud?!


RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:59 AM

Remember Minnie Goins?  She didn't like the girls much.  She used to measure the lengths of our skirts.  She had been a beauty queen & she wasn't happy w/ her waning youth.  I agree with Jean in that I think often of John Goode & John Davidson.  I was awful in their classes.  I never understood what they were talking about.  They had infinite patience.  And they passed me...after summer school.

RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 01:52 PM


Hi Sarah-

I was right there with you! I often think they passed all of us in summer school because they were afraid that if they didn't they would have a bunch of 50 year old high school students still trying to pass algebra and geometry!

Edited 06/17/09 01:53 PM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 08:24 PM

Do ya'll remember Ms Segal(bugger)Chemistry? I had her Sr. year with all JRs. It was fun doing all those experiments. What was that huge list of chemicals we had to learn? I bet not many of us could name them now. Any body a chemisty teacher?

RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Thursday, June 18, 2009 07:54 AM


chemistry to me is one of those subjects that caused needless suffering-like algebra and geometry. In all my years of offering food and drink I can't think of an instance where I have entertained passengers with equations or periodic tables!


Edited 06/18/09 07:55 AM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Thursday, June 18, 2009 06:44 PM

I wasn't allowed into a chemistry class.  I begged to take the class.

RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 06:39 PM

I had two favorite teachers. Tom Hamilton (drafting), and Bill Cook (geometry). Both made a real difference in my life. I stayed in touch with Mr. Hamilton for years, writing letters and visiting him in Texas.  A couple years ago, I ran across his name and photo in a "Texas Highways" magazine and a blurb about theater work he and his brother did as part of the CCC during the depression. Small world!

Mr. Cook was an amazing teacher. When I took his geometry class, he opened an entirely new way of thinking about problem solving and academic responsiblity to me. I regret that I never told him what an impact he made in my attitude about school.



RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Monday, July 20, 2009 11:57 AM

  I was always drawn to the English teachers, and Mrs. Jolly, Miss Walrlick, and Mrs. Martin were all my very favorite teachers. Mrs. Jolly possessed so much poise and seemed to have such great organization in her presentation. She had such a positive, pleasantness about her, and I admired her "every hair in place" hairdo as mine was naturally curly/frizzy by nature. (I was forever trying to straighten it during high school and college.) I remember going up to Miss Warlick after class as she was grading papers and telling her all about Franco Zefirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" and how she should see it and how funny it was in spots. She was a gracious listener, and she possessed the art of seeming very supportive without even speaking. And yes, she did love Robert Burns!  Mrs. Martin would sometimes share interesting stories from her life. I remember she said she loved being a mother because you get to relive your own childhood and have an excuse to do the things you loved to do as a child. How true this was in my life!

I loved and respected Mr. Albert Hiatt so much that I drew a picture of him while looking at one of him in the newspaper one day. My parents showed it to him, and I was very embarrassed at the time. I saw him at my father's funeral in 2007. What a treat. He did carry a heavy load admirably during a very tense time in SHS history.

Mrs. White...She loved me too because she loved my parents. (She wrote them letters, sent cards, went out to eat with and visited them regularly all of her life, and especially on their birthdays, to the very end.) She had my dad prune her azaleas or camelias once and was then was concerned by the severity of his pruning. She always called me "Beloved" (worthy of love, the def. of "Amanda") in class (embarrassing), and she loved me in pink and would comment on it in class--the kind of attention in class I didn't seek! I remember her regret at the fact that a wonderful young man in the 11th grade had tried, unsuccessfully, to visit with her the day before he took his life. How tragic that was. She was just fun to listen to because she tried to teach us so much about life BESIDES Latin, and if someone could get her to digress, we could sit back and rest for large chunks of the period! (Wasn't it tense being called upon all the time?) Costi and Howard Neighbors were pros at distracting her from her agenda! She would love it up to a point, and then her eyes would start flashing, and we knew she was mad!

Good times....

I must put in a good word for Mrs. Wall, 11th grade teacher of American History who left us much too soon. She knew her subjects and told many stories from a place of love for and excitement over the subject material although I think she may have read often to us from years and years of the same notes. She asked me if I would do drawings of every single President of the United States at that time to put around on her walls. Extra credit though--not bad! She played bridge with my parents, so I had a foot forward toward good relations with her.  She stayed up watching Johnny Carson while she graded papers each night. I loved all of my teachers!


P.S. Since the reunion, Miss Warlick and I have exchanged a few notes and shared some wonderful moments together! She gave me a tour of her beautiful home which resembles a lovely museum in that it houses so many beautiful pictures and artistic things, beautifully arranged with each one reflecting her taste and the talents of her mother and other important people in her life. I was happy that she had given some space to the plaques she was awarded as "Teacher of the Year." I enjoyed reading the thoughtful cross-stitched quotes on her walls and seeing pictures of her and her family members. She has a "green thumb," and her backyard is full of lovely flowers and shrubs. She also has an adorable little Silkie named Abby who is great company. I cherish the time we have spent together and plan to maintain and enjoy this special friendship. I must add that she very generously gave me cuttings from some of her plants, and it is with trepidation that I am trying to keep certain ones alive in glass containers placed in a window until spring.

Edited 02/15/10 11:51 PM
RE: Favorite Teacher
Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 07:56 PM

Not sure of his status, but my all time favorite was Mr. Calebrese.  Is he still with us?