Today was my last day working as the school year is coming to an end. Needless to say, it was bittersweet. It will be nice to have the summer off, to enjoy these three short months with family and friends. But it was hard saying good bye to the students, especially knowing I won't see most of them again as they are going on to high school. Even though I've had plenty of experience over the years with kids in youth groups moving on, it's always hard for me to say good bye.
So, in the spirit of school, the end of school, and saying good bye, my Aloha Friday question is...
Who was your favorite teacher and why? Did he/she impact your life in any way?
One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Wall. He was my typing teacher in high school. [**note: this was typing on typewriters]. He was funny and always making his students laugh. He had a connection with teenagers that most teachers didn't.
I was his star pupil since I could type faster than everyone else in the class. I remember receiving certain privileges because he liked me. But I also remember having some really good conversations with him about all kinds of subjects, including school, boys, parents, and friends. He was always encouraging and made me think at a deeper level than I was prone to at that age.
It was nice, at that age, to have an adult take an interest in me and seem to care about who I was and what I was going through. I think this did have an impact on me and my eventual work with youth. I want students to know that they are special and that there is at least one (hopefully a lot more) adult in their life that care about them. I want to give them perspective, guidance, and hope... just like Mr. Wall did for me.
Aloha Friday can be found over at Kailani's place, An Island Life.