It’s World Teachers’ Day, and we want to take the time to thank instructors who help us all dream bigger, learn more, and create better things. In honor of these individuals, we at Hawkes took a trip down memory lane and reminisced about our favorite teachers. Check out our stories below!
“One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Reeder from high school pre-calculus. He was awesome at explaining concepts and creatively teaching the material. He would make up songs to parody popular hits so we could easily memorize important equations! I still know most of the songs today!” – Kristin
“My favorite teacher was my 7th-grade chemistry teacher, Mr. Piggott, or Mr. Pig2oπ as we called him. He managed to make many middle schoolers fall in love with science, including myself! From hands-on lab experiments to games with the periodic table, he made chemistry relatable for all. I remember a project where we designed and built models of our own viruses. Plus, he was a huge Pink Floyd fan, and I’ll never forget the black light posters all over the classroom and his tie-dye lab coat!” – Tiffany
“My high school precalculus teacher used to tell us over and over that ‘something is not truly yours until you can give it to others.’ At the time I didn’t appreciate the wisdom in this, but now I see it as a beautiful description of the learning process.” – Kara
“One of my favorite teachers was Dr. Blount, my philosophy professor. He would spend the whole class asking us questions. When class ended, you realized you had just learned more from the discussion than you would have during a regular lecture.” – John
“Ms. Layne, my first-grade teacher, was my favorite. She was so positive and supportive. I used to clean her chalkboard while waiting for the bus each day because she was the sweetest lady in the world.” – Andy
“My creative writing professor in college, Mr. Larson, made us think outside the box. He made class fun and interactive. That’s why he’s my favorite teacher.” – Jenny
“My favorite teacher was Dr. Kreutzer at James Madison University, my Intro to Microeconomics professor. He was really funny and made the class incredibly interesting and engaging. He used relevant examples and interacted with each student so that we were involved in the learning process. I really fell in love with learning about economics through his class, and I ended up switching my major to economics because of it—best decision I made in college!” – Jen
“My absolute favorite teacher was my high school English and journalism teacher, Mary Strickler. Coincidentally, today is her birthday! Her passion for literacy and communications is contagious. Aside from being a great instructor, she is a wonderful role model. I have never met a teacher who is as selfless as she is. She is the type of person who would drop everything to help a student in need. I will never forget when she surprised me at my home one day after class with a chocolate milkshake just because she knew that I was going through a tough time. Mrs. Strickler truly does inspire students with her passion for education and humanitarianism.” – Rachel
“My favorite instructor was Mary Ann Raymond at Clemson University. She always found a way to make real world connections to the classroom and motived every student in her class to give 110%. I also spent part of my summer with Dr. Raymond in New York where she helped me develop lifelong business relationships. I am thankful for my time in her classroom!” – Jen K.
“One of my favorite professors from college was Moore Quinn. I was with her for several semesters of anthropology class. She always had a way of drawing the passion from her students and connecting far-away issues to our world at home. A quote of hers I think about to this day is ‘Make it Strange.’ She challenged us to make our normal everyday practices strange, as if we were foreigners in a new land driving our cars or picking up our to-go meals all wrapped in packaging. Make it strange and think about things in a new light! Thanks, Moore, for broadening my horizons and leaving a permanent positive impact on my ever-learning mind. You are appreciated.” – Betsy
“One of my favorite teachers was my astronomy professor in college, Professor Richardson. He liked to do ‘magic tricks’ where he taught us things about physics. One day in lab, we had a competition between the girls and the guys to see who could set up a tent faster. I don’t remember how that related to astronomy (oh now I do–because he had the awesome idea to take us on an astronomy camping trip and we needed to practice), but his class was always very fun and challenging.” – Amber
“My favorite teacher was Professor Hoffman. I took one of his courses that was an inside-out prison class on our criminal justice system and drug abuse. We would spend an hour a week learning the material alongside inmates at a local minimum security prison. The additional time of the class was spent analyzing the discussions and interactions that we had during the hour in the prison. It was amazing to learn so much about a controversial topic with people that were heavily impacted by it.” – Greg
“One of my favorite teachers in high school was my American Government teacher, Mrs. Fairfield. She always put in extra effort to get to know us as students and ensure she had an open, comfortable classroom. American Government could be dry at times, but she was able to convey concepts to us in such a way that made learning them much more active, engaging, and fun!” – Kelsey
“My favorite teacher was Mr. Laurenti, my high school AP Calculus teacher. He always made class fun, which can sometimes be a daunting task in mathematics! I’ll never forget the day he carved a potato in class to teach us about revolving curves around an axis. He had a great ability to add comedy to his teaching while also keeping impeccable attention to detail. I owe a lot of my love for mathematics to Mr. Laurenti and am very grateful to have had him as my teacher.” – Daniel
“One of my favorite teachers was Mr. O’Connor, my Brit Lit instructor in high school. He always made everyone feel comfortable with his sense of humor. He gave us assignments that challenged us and made us question what we read and how we ourselves wrote. He was a character; he had a wall in his classroom dedicated to Bob Dylan that included newspaper clippings and photos. I learned a lot from him, and I’m grateful I was in his class!” – Kate