Graduation Gratitude

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By Greg

During this time of graduation celebrations, what teacher or school employee in your Santa Barbara education experience from pre-school to grad school do you especially remember with gratitude?

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a-1561574886 Jun 15, 2019 12:48 PM
Graduation Gratitude

Not that I mean to pee on anyone’s parade, but I wish there was a thread devoted to really awful local teachers. Boy howdy, do I have a doozy! Oh well, maybe next time.

EastBeach Jun 15, 2019 12:39 PM
Graduation Gratitude

Mr. Piacentini @SBJHS was an inspiring and caring teacher and helped develop the right-side of my brain. In grad school, Dr. Hua Lee and Hasan Alkhatib @UCSB College of Engineering did the same for the left-side.

Flicka Jun 15, 2019 10:04 AM
Graduation Gratitude

My favorite was Sister Vincent de Paul at Mt. Carmel school, had her for 8th grade. When I saw her at our 50th anniversary celebration (1994) for the school she was in regular street clothes (no habit) because the Immaculate Heart Community of nuns were secular. Her name was Liz Mahoney; she said, "Call me Liz, Miss Mahoney sounds like an old maid."

All Sides Jun 15, 2019 08:08 AM
Graduation Gratitude

Mr. Harper Ormsby, my SBHS electronics teacher in the early 70's. Even after he retired, if I called him for help on a project, he would make me reason out the answer with him.

amaybird Jun 15, 2019 07:46 AM
Graduation Gratitude

Ann Scales and Dorothy Brubeck, both fabulous English teachers. And Mr. Crist, in American Government and Politics, taught about government structures and functions - thus contributing daily to my current dismay.

Cadillackid Jun 14, 2019 09:53 AM
Graduation Gratitude

Mr.Banks from La Cuesta, he really pushed me to better myself think about my future and got me to go back to San Marcos high school to graduate in 2007, very motivating teacher, great person

REX OF SB Jun 14, 2019 09:41 AM
Graduation Gratitude

My favorite was Everett Crist, history teacher at SBHS. He seemingly knew about everything. One day he noticed that I had a copy of James Michener's "Hawaii" and asked if he could borrow it when I had finished reading it. I gave the book to him on a Friday and he returned it to me the following Monday, having read the entire 1,000+ page tome over the weekend. (And Michener is not "light reading.") Years later I bought Mr. Crist's Ford Escort station wagon, which he gave me a really great deal on. Honorable mention goes to Florence Ayton, SBHS English teacher. Every student had to virtually memorize the book, "30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary," and I consider that to be the most important volume I ever read.

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