As we get closer to the end of the school year, I can’t help but reminisce about my time as a student. When I think back to my school days at Tecumseh Elementary, there were two teachers in particular who inspired me: Mrs. Pratt, my kindergarten teacher, and Mr. Carey, my Grade 7 teacher. They were kind, encouraging, and always there to answer any questions. I was a quiet and shy kid, but they always made me feel welcomed. They would make sure that we were not only learning but having fun doing it. I looked forward to going to their classes and I have them to thank for my love of reading and writing.
I remember sitting by the bookshelf in my kindergarten class, flipping through and trying to read all the books. Mrs. Pratt would bring in new books and I would be more excited about that than with the toys and the play areas.
Mr. Carey had us write short stories every week as homework. He was always so proud of mine that he’d put them up on the classroom wall. It was a small gesture that meant the world to me. In fact, he urged me to continue writing and I did so until college. It was because of his encouragement that I took creative writing and literature courses in high school and college.
I still look back at my time in school fondly after all these years. And I still think of them every time I pick up a book. I think most everyone has had a teacher impact them in some way, so show them some appreciation for all the hard work they’ve done with some thoughtful gifts.
Pauline Cho Pauline’s passion for fashion kicked in as a teenager flipping through fashion mags with her friends. And when she clued in to Cher’s closet in Clueless, there was no stopping her – she and her dream shoe and bag collection had found a home. Here at Oakridge, we trust Pauline to be up on all the interesting restaurants in town, the latest movies in the theatre, and always ready to share her intel. Just don’t think of disturbing her when she’s scrolling IG and Pinterest for the coolest makeup and nail inspo!