Today's Burning Question:My Answer:
Who were some of your favorite teachers in high school and how did they impact your life and career?
In high school I had a boat load of great teachers, but if I had to pull out one, I would say it would have to be Mr. Robert H. Pearson. I had him for Concert Band and of course I was a member of the Freeport HS. Marching Red Devils. Wow... what can I say. This may be a strange choice but let me explain. No matter what piece of music we played, if it wasn't right, we would have to start from the begginning. When we were on the practice field, and if one person was not where he or she was supposed to be, we had to start from the beggining. And we played some complicated music and we had complicated marching routines. No Fluff. What I gained from being a student musician under Mr. Pearson was the gift of never giving up, never getting upset if I had to start back at the beggining and perseverance. Of course I also inherited perfectionism but I am getting over that slowly but surely.
At my Alma Mater, Manhattan College, as a requirement, I had to take two religion courses. My favorite professor was Fr. Reynold Borzaga. The class was an intro class to religion but Father Borzaga taught this class as an Existential Philosophy Class. His exact words were, "You'll learn religion in a church, I am going to teach you how to think". Whoa. Talk about a departure from the normal curriculm (or not). We started every class with the Hail Mary and then we would start a heated discussion, a debate if you will about what we read or some comment Fr. Borzaga would make. I learned to have a greater respect and tolerance for others and yes, I learned how to think like an existentialist.
I come from a long line of educators and I swore to GOD I never wanted to be a teacher, but the funny thing is that whenever I had a Math Problem, I would turn to my aunt, Dr. Owilender Grant, professor of mathematics at The College of Charleston. I learned to take my time, again, go back to the begginning and to persevere. And I also learned that figuring out derivatives, like most things in life, was not earth shattering or life threatening. All you had to do was follow each step until the end.
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