Back to School We Go!

For most children in the United States, school is about to start or has already started. Children get excited about buying new clothes and school supplies in preparation for the big day – the first day of school. Children are excited about catching up with what happened over the summer with other students they know. They are curious as to what this next school year will hold. All of us have memories of our first days of school and most of us had a favorite teacher who impacted our life. Did you have a favorite teacher you wish to tell us about?

My favorite teacher, Mrs. Seibert encouraged my mother to take me to a different eye doctor. It was found that I had the wrong prescription for my glasses. Instead of glasses for nearsightedness I was given a prescription for farsighted glasses. Mrs. Seibert then moved me from a remedial reading group to an online reading group and added huge dashes of encouragement. I went from barely reading to good to excellent in reading. She also encouraged me in art. She allowed us to dance at recess and encouraged us to sing. One of my favorites was the Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful. These remain my favorites. I could hardly wait to get to her class each day. Looking back, I don’t know how she was able to be such a light to me that year as personally she was going through tragedy in her own life. She lost her only daughter who was very young to leukemia. Mrs. Seibert you were a real hero to me. Thanks! I hope that I will touch a life like you did mine.


Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

11 thoughts on “Back to School We Go!”

  1. Rena, what was an online reading group in the year you were moved to an online group? Was it a computer reading class? Did your school have computers when you were in elementary school?

    Had an eye Dr. given you the wrong kind of glasses? Did they test your eyes before they gave you the glasses? This sure sounds very serious against an eye Dr. Gee, I don’t know how you could have seen anything.

    I can’t think of any teacher that I think impacted my life but my Mom sure did. Seemly, my Mom, Ada, knew just how to solve all the problems and bring all the joy to the students and the teachers as well as the administration. She was a teacher to all and her character was the fruit of the spirit and her answers were wisdom words without a mix. She spoke little but her words carried far and her words were sought out by many. She knew how to teach others to read and apply, spell, math and write poems, short stories, songs and essays. Her character was without flaw. You could hear her name mentioned above rubies and diamonds by the entire community. As a child, I did not understand all this but I must say many years after her death, my classmates and others that knew her would repeat the same remarkable chant. A very industrious business woman than could and would and did impart skill, wisdom and knowledge to others.

    She left me with a desire to find a book where ever I go. I still follow my children around, even today while they are traveling over 6,000 miles from home I am calling and saying, “find a book wherever you go.” They usually say, “Mom, we have our books with us.”

    I must say, not only did my Mom and Dad invite reading and learning but even more so did their other set of Grandparents. Now, I like to say travel with your laptop and read a book, listen to music and find all the info one needs. What a ‘preparatory school’ I was given from my Mom and I hope I have imparted a little of her wisdom and knowledge to her grandsons.

  2. Rena, your Mrs. Selbert sounds like a skilled and dedicated teacher. What a blessing she was in your life.
    The teachers I remember most fondly were my 1st grade teacher, Sister Mary Anthony and my piano teacher at the convent school, Sister Mary Mercy. We all loved Sister Anthony because she gave us treats, like taffy fishes and sometimes, hard candies. She was young and beautiful in her black and white habit and treated us tenderly and with compassion. That was a helpful start for a first grader who had to share his/her classroom with 39 or 40 other little students. We had huge classes at that school.
    Sister Mary Mercy was of another ilk. I will always and eternally be grateful to her for her sternness and goal- oriented method of teaching. Every morning I would trek to St. Joseph’s convent(attached to the school) and practice my scales and broken chord drills and little Bach Inventions in the little practice room next to her office.
    On snowy, frozen winter days in the Genesee Valley, she would bring a cup of hot chocolate to cheer but nevertheless, every morning, every morning I was there, plunking, plunking away. Sometimes she would fly in like a whirlwind, veil streaming in the breeze of her swiftness and admonish me for playing a passage incorrectly or without passion or messing up the meter.
    But OH! I loved her and my family honored her as the mentor that would shape my future profession and make a way for me to be an instrument of praise and worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    So I thank God often for Sister Mary Mercy, although at the time I probably didn’t have a clue, and for Sister Mary Anthony. Thank YOU JESUS, for putting these and other wonderful teachers in my life.
    Now I give thanks for my Mentors like Sara and Gary and others who give skilled instruction in the Word of God and to Jesus Christ the KING OF kings and MENTOR OF mentors.

  3. Dear Sara and MG I so much have enjoyed your stories of wonderful Godly teachers in your lives. Now Sara in answer to your questions, no we did not have computers then, the term would have not been used then. If you owned a Royal typewriter then you were one of the lucky ones. I was well below the fourth grade reading standards at the time when I walked into Mrs. Seibert’s classroom. With Mrs. Seibert’s one on one instruction and sending me to a good eye doctor, I finally after a time was able to join the other students on the then fourth grade reading level. They had a name like red birds or blue birds. I don’t remember the group. I just remember being extremely happy to finally be reading at a 4th grade level. Yes, the first eye doctor did give me a wrong prescription. The eye doctor Mrs. Seibert suggested told my mother that they were the exact opposite that I needed. Once I received the correct prescription for eye glasses my life as a reader turned around. Yes before prescribing glasses, the doctor who perscribed the wrong eye glass lenses gave me all types of test. I was very grateful to receive the right prescription as I could then see the board for the first time where most of the instruction at the time was written out.

  4. Mrs. Seibert sounds like a wonderful teacher. I was also inspired by two wonderful teachers who supported me through good times and in bad. They were always there for me and they helped mold me into the woman I am today. They loved me even when I was unlovable. They laughed with me and cried with me. They taught me so much about the world. My two wonderful teachers are my mom and dad. My mom is a retired eighth grade english and science teacher. My dad is a retired high school/college business teacher. My parents have been awesome teachers to their own children and every other child they taught. They have been an awesome role model to follow. They have touched so many lives and helped so many people in need. What an honor to have lived with and learned from two of the most wonderful teachers I know.

  5. The above accounts are glowing examples of persons who personally affected lives. Somehow the above persons were able to impart a passion to the learner. As I read through these accounts, I thought about Retreat 2007 and Sara’s book “Throwing Your Light Forward.” In the last chapter, “The Brilliance of Your Light”, she asked us to answer several ‘trivia’ questions in one minute such as “who won the Superbowl for the last five years?”, “who was the best dressed woman or man of the year?”, etc. If I recall, most of us were at a loss for answers. However our memories revived when asked to tell what person had the greatest impact on our life. That chapter excercise (which was copyrighted in 2004) made an impression on me. It talked about the seemingly little’ things people do that make the biggest difference. (Interestingly, as I attended teacher training sessions the last couple weeks I heard a similar point being emphasized). I may not remember facts but I better remember acts. The deeds of our character positively or negatively influence how someone perceives us and how and what someone learns. What great examples were shared above to inspire and help us learn from and then take to school, work and wherever we go with us.

  6. Did I have a favorite teacher?……yes, several….My dad, Mrs. Shula Davis…and The Holy Spirit …..they looked beyond all my faults and saw my need and helped me to even see some of my faults and deal with them while teaching me what I needed in the way that was needed …..thats why I am in C.C.I. and a part of the Daily Lily….The Holy Spirit He is still my favorite teacher and keeps me on my toes!and Last but not the least Sara and Gary they were and are my favorite teachers too!….dj

  7. Thanks Dorothy! A teacher could not be more blessed than having a student like you. Congratulations on all your successes, and they are many and many more coming!!!!

  8. I would have to say that my favorite teacher was, Mrs. Roebuck. She wasn’t my favorite teacher, because she gave me treats or goodies. She was my favorite teacher, because there is no way I could have passed calculus, if I had not had her for math. Hats off to you, Mrs. Roebuck for your ability to teach, (what I would consider), difficult math!!
    I would like to mention that I had a lot of wonderful teachings, during my school years, and would like to take the opportunity to thank all of them, right here on the daily lily! Also, I would like to say, “thanks to ALL, who are willing to teach!!!”

  9. Needles, what a tribute to a teacher who helped her struggling students through difficult courses with kindness and patience. At every turn in my classroom, I have to speak to myself and Holy Spirit to help me to maintain my patience with these youngsters. Susan, my teaching partner and I agreed in prayer this morning for the patience and inspiration and creativity to demonstrate God’s love through the teaching methods that we use to make the subject matter come alive and interesting. It would seem that MUSIC would be a relatively easy subject to put across to the students. But it must be approached creatively and innovatively or even music fails to capture the imagination and enduring (at least for 45 minutes) interest of the students.
    We continue to pray for that patience. These children are So very worth it.!

  10. I heard that it take a whole community to raise a child. Reading each of your responses with great joy makes me think how true this is. How lucky we are to have had many caring Godly people to raise us up. I too would like to thank Pastor Sara and Gary for their teachings and encouragement. I would also like to thank Woodlake Elementary and Lake Harbor Middle through whom God used to mold me as a teacher. The teachers at those schools were always sharing their expertise and I learned so much and draw so much from what I learned in each school. I would like to also thank my Mom who taught many bible stories and who encouraged me to be a Sunday school teacher at a young age. I would like to thank God for honing me to have a tenderness for children of all ages and a love of His beauty. I would like to thank God for the love of listening to great stories which I hear from students everywhere. May God be gloried in his orchestration in each of our lives. I don’t know how He does it, but He does it so wonderfully that words can’t express it. Thank you God for what you do in each of our lives. Also like Dorothy says, thank you God for the Holy Spirit which directs our pass, who ever so gently prods us along the path God wants us to go on if we will allow it. Thanks!

  11. “It Takes a Village” by Hillary Clinton is a book that many educators and parents alike have enjoyed over the past few years. Many haven taken lots from this book and brought much insight to our children. Might want to check it out for any of you that has not had a chance to read Hillary’s book.

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