Do you remember your Kindergarten teacher(s)?

surreptitious surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading comprehension with an aid instead of listening to story time, or why I'd sometimes be out of class or doing different activities. She always made me feel included even when quite frankly, I wasn't a lot of the time. Things could have gone horribly for me if she hadn't been so adaptive, and I'm grateful to her and my mother for making sure that I got an early start on my education. Do you remember your Kindergarten teacher(s)? If you don't or skipped kindergarten altogether, were there any other teachers in your early academic life who were particularly influential? If you were home-schooled, how old were you when you began schooling? What sort of socialization options did your parent(s) make sure that you had?
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I'm old enough that there was no such thing as kindergarten - but I vaguely remember Mr. Brown - my 1st grade teacher.

I actually remember her telling a story of walking with her head down and the benefit was that she found a silver-dollar. The moral of the story was watch where we were walking.

Our parents were never involved - if your parent came to school, it was only because you were in trouble - and yes the teacher was always right. If we got a spanking at school - there was sure to be another when we got home.

No one was abused (that I know of), but we learned discipline which made the classroom a peaceful productive place.

Imagine any of that happening in today's permissive schools!
05/07/2013
bog bog
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading ... More
My kindergarten teacher rocked! I barely remember her, though.
05/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I'm old enough that there was no such thing as kindergarten - but I vaguely remember Mr. Brown - my 1st grade teacher.

I actually remember her telling a story of walking with her head down and the benefit was that she found a ... More
Where I'm from, most parents actually aren't involved all that much in their kids' education either. I just happened to luck out and get a mother who pushed to make sure that my overeager self was allowed to learn to her heart's content as well as stay with kids of her own age. If the school had had their way, they would have just skipped me ahead a couple of grades and left me to fend for myself at the first sign of my mother's request for additional education, but she thought that my social development was important as well and just kept pushing.

Both of my parents are teachers, though my mother doesn't teach anymore, and with the ridiculous "no child left behind" bullshit that they pull in North American school boards these days, kids no longer even get punished with poor grades, let alone physical discipline! Not that I think that spanking is at all necessary for education, but this "everyone gets a gold star" philosophy is leaving kids woefully unprepared for the real world, in my opinion.

Off-topic, but does that mean that you actually got to watch Gunsmoke when it first aired on TV? I used to watch reruns of it (and a half a dozen other westerns) with my dad all the time when I was growing up, and it's left me with a terrible fondness for the genre. I would love to have watched it when westerns were "popular" and I could have actually discussed the show with people.
05/07/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I remember my kindergarten teacher. I even remember my three preschool teachers. I tend to have an excellent memory.
05/07/2013
eri86 eri86
I remember a few of my teachers from over the years
05/07/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading ... More
Senior Kindergarten? Mind if I ask what that is? I only ever knew of just Kindergarten. Lol. Or is it like Pre-school and Kindergarten? If so, then I did attend Preschool as well as Kindergarten -- ours was called "Pre-K". I do remember every single teacher I have ever had all throughout school from the Pre school, pre-school (yea! Even had one of those, where you go to a class like once a week before you turn 4 years old and are eligible to enter the actual Pre-K class! Lol Talk about prepared!) I remember each teacher very well! I stay in touch with a few of them.

Anyways, my Kindergarten teacher was named Miss Smart. Lol. Neat. I loved her!
05/07/2013
Gary Gary
I remember all of my teachers, including my Kindergarten teacher. I am most saying I remember all or most of my time in Kindergarten, but it's not a total blank.
05/07/2013
Rokmai Rokmai
I don't even remember my college professors. And that was only four years ago.
05/07/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Yep, I remember my K teacher. She was an awesome person who loved her job. My daughter has an amazing K teacher has well. I think it takes a special person to be a K teacher!
05/07/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I remember every single teacher I had from pre-school on, good or bad.
05/07/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Vaguely..I remember more so 4th grade on
05/07/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading ... More
I remember my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Callwood. She was awesome. Crazy thing, though. When I was 19, I went to a Beer Pong Tournament, and was talking to guy who's mom was a teacher. I just happen to mention my kindergarten teacher's name, and she's his mom! He even called her and had me talk to her. lol Small world.
05/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Senior Kindergarten? Mind if I ask what that is? I only ever knew of just Kindergarten. Lol. Or is it like Pre-school and Kindergarten? If so, then I did attend Preschool as well as Kindergarten -- ours was called "Pre-K". I do remember ... More
Where I lived, we had a Junior and Senior Kindergarten - I never did preschool, but we started school with "JK" by attending every other day. It changed to every half day by the time my little sister was in school (you were either a morning or an afternoon student). You were eligible for enrollment to Junior Kindergarten once you were four as well, so I think that our schools just called them different things. xD

Miss. Smart is the most fantastic name for a teacher, especially an elementary teacher, haha.
05/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by TJtheMadHatter
I remember my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Callwood. She was awesome. Crazy thing, though. When I was 19, I went to a Beer Pong Tournament, and was talking to guy who's mom was a teacher. I just happen to mention my kindergarten teacher's name, ... More
I found out in maybe my second year of college that I guy I'd been friends with since ninth grade had been in my dad's class, and to this day, my dad was still his favorite teacher. I loved being a teacher's kid, because people who'd been in his class were always more open about approaching me or starting up a conversation, and since that's how I was all the time, it was nice to see other people acting the same way sometimes instead of just wondering why I was trying to talk to them.
05/07/2013
padmeamidala padmeamidala
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading ... More
I don't remember my Kindergarten teacher. That was quite a while ago. lol.
05/07/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I never did Kindergarten. I did pre-school and such, got tossed into first grade for two months with some evil witch who hated kids but it was the only job she was able to get, then mercifully placed in Montessori for a few years. If left with the evil first grade teacher, I shudder to think of what would have happened with my learning. Bad enough when I left the reasonably-run Montessori and went into the public school system ... I lost all respect for the American education system when I was put into public school at age eight.
05/07/2013
spiced spiced
I remember my Kindergarten teachers. It was through our church, so I still see them sometimes when I go back home to visit. The main things I remember were arts & crafts (papier-mâché, etc), singalongs — and learning that there were other ways besides violence to work out conflicts with classmates.
05/07/2013
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I totally remember my Kindergarten teacher. I was actually at Wal-Mart when I was about 17 or 18 and my Kindergarten teacher recognized me and said hello. I didn't even recognize her at first. I thought it was crazy she remembered me after all those years, having taught so many kids in her career. Apparently I have blue eyes that you can't forget.
05/07/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
Never went to Kindergarten started right out in 1st grade.
05/07/2013
wicked weasel wicked weasel
Strangely enough I still do.
05/07/2013
Sera26 Sera26
My kindergarten teacher was insane. she was super scary and occasionally abusive to the kids. I didn't behave in kindergarten until she told me that if I didn't start behaving that I'd get held back and stay with her another year. So I actually started doing what was required.

In later years (around 4th or 5th grade) when I was a great student I had the benefit of going around to teachers to collect things for my teacher. My kindergarten teacher was nice to me (then) but I saw her pulling children's chairs to the ground and yelling at them.

During adulthood she actually saw my parents' anniversary photo in the paper and sent them cards a few years in a row. It was nice/odd. My mom's very memorable though so I assume that's why she did that.

BTW-I'm almost 30 and through 3rd grade teachers were allowed to paddle students with huge paddles. It was then that the parents started complaining and they did away with any type of corporal punishment at my grade school.
05/07/2013
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I remember my kindergarten and early education teachers very well.

I was run over by a car when I was 5 and was really messed up for a few years. It makes my heart happy to remember that no one - not a teacher, not a classmate - made a big deal out of it or made me feel weird or not normal, despite casts and scars and ragged weird hair cuts and all sorts of craziness.

I never really realized that until today. What a great topic!
05/07/2013
DolphinGirl DolphinGirl
I don't remember my kindergarten teacher . . . weird!
05/07/2013
Kitka Kitka
Yep, I remember all of my grade school teachers, it's when we start talking about middle school that I start having issues remembering them all.
05/07/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I remember my kindergarten teacher. Wonderful teacher!
05/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Sera26
My kindergarten teacher was insane. she was super scary and occasionally abusive to the kids. I didn't behave in kindergarten until she told me that if I didn't start behaving that I'd get held back and stay with her another year. So I ... More
We actually had a kindergarten/first grade (I can't remember which - she wasn't my teacher) teacher who threw a kid against a wall once. Her name was Mrs. Kraplin, and you can imagine how well that went over once the students found out that she was a bully. She was terrible to her students, raising her voice, demeaning people who did something wrong and picking clear favorites. I imagine that being in her class would have been akin to taking potions with Snape. She actually got relocated (unions around here make it next to impossible to actually fire someone) shortly after the throwing incident, and believe me when I say even kids who weren't in her class weren't sad to see her go.

Thankfully, paddling wasn't allowed when I was in school. I mean, I was a total suck up and I can't think of anything that I did in grade school that would have warranted it (maybe once where I got caught throwing snowballs), but it still would have probably terrified me.
05/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I remember my kindergarten and early education teachers very well.

I was run over by a car when I was 5 and was really messed up for a few years. It makes my heart happy to remember that no one - not a teacher, not a classmate - made a big ... More
I'm happy that I brought up some fond memories (which I've been trying to phrase another way, because "fond" and "run over by a car" don't exactly belong in the same sentence, but I'm sure that you'll know that I mean the supportive aftermath and not the actual accident). My mother was actually hit by a car in elementary school as well, but it was in a parking lot, so the only damage was where the driver ran over her leg, freaked out and stopped the car without realizing that she was still on top of my mum's ankle and then had to get back in and drive off. It sounds pretty ghastly and my mother still gets ankle pain from time to time, but it doesn't compare to being actually run down. Kids can be so cruel, so I'm glad to hear that no one made a big deal out of it! That would have been the last thing that you needed.
05/07/2013
stacylyn stacylyn
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I was thinking earlier today about how I had a fantastic teacher in Senior Kindergarten. She worked with my mother to get me set up on an individual education plan and was fantastic at explaining to the other kids why I spent time doing reading ... More
Yes
05/07/2013
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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I'm happy that I brought up some fond memories (which I've been trying to phrase another way, because "fond" and "run over by a car" don't exactly belong in the same sentence, but I'm sure that you'll know that ... More
Thank you.I did know what you meant and I appreciate it!
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