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Small kindness. [Feb. 10th, 2010|11:09 pm]
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One of the most influential teachers of my highschool career was a man I did not expect to have such an impact on my memory. When I first started highschool, he was one of the autoshop teachers; after the teacher's strike, he ended up teaching biology.
In grade 9, we had a class where we went into all of the different tech shops for a week. I did not enjoy auto-mechanics at all, and did not think I would ever have much interaction with this particular teacher.
In my last year of highschool, I decided to take biology as it was the only science I had yet to study. Mr. Reid ended up teaching both of my biology classes, and even though it was just one year, he has done a few things that I will always remember:
I was able to ask him questions about anything... without feeling embarrassed.
When I got my name changed, he pulled strings to that I could be re-awarded with a certificate I had won the previous year so that it would have my new name on it. This means so much to me. Really validated my decision/choice, I believe.
At the reception after the graduation ceremony. He shook my hand and said, "Be good and have fun." I don't know why that stands out in my memory, but it does. A man that I did not think would have any impact on my life, yet these simple things that he did will always be appreciated and remembered. (And I know they will be, for it has already been 10 years and I have yet to forget.)
Thank you.

[User Picture]From: crystargalaxia
2010-02-11 06:48 am (UTC)
I never knew about all that but I can see him doing something like that. I got to know him a little better outside school because his daughter and I were on the same softball team and his son and my brother were friends and if I remember right played football together as well and he always seemed like a great guy.
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[User Picture]From: nineveh_rains
2010-02-11 04:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't know he had a daughter. I only knew about his one son that is about our age who was in a band. (I think he still is.)
Yeah, he was pretty great. Maybe he just doesn't like minor niners. :P
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