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School daysPosted Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 11:41 AM
I always liked school. Oh, there were times when I would have
rather been somewhere else, but overall I enjoyed school.
I enjoyed the idea of being in a crowd. I guess being from a large
family just helped me be comfortable in a crowd.
I liked the camaraderie of classmates and teachers. With the
exception of one teacher when I was in second grade, I always
got along with my teachers. I also respected them.
There are always those special teachers in our lives who stick in
our hearts and minds. I have already shared one of those teachers
with you. Now I would like to share another.
I can still see him, his small stature and big smile. He was one
of those teachers I loved to be around, yet a little fearful of if I didn't
have my homework finished.
He taught math, but you never knew when you got to his class if
you were going to have math lessons or Missouri history lessons.
He loved Missouri history, and it showed each time he would delve
into it. There were a couple times we had math tests scheduled,
but he was in the mood for sharing Missouri history.
I don't know how the other students felt; but to me, when he started
talking about Missouri, the whole state just came alive. I remember
closing my eyes and his words about Missouri were as though
they were on a movie screen flowing in front of me. His passion
for Missouri was that great. What an interesting teacher.
This particular teacher was also known for his "board of education".
For those of you who were in my class, I'm sure you recognize this
teacher by now.
His board of education was not a group of people. No siree. It was
a board with a hole in it. He always made sure it was in plain sight.
If he felt you were acting up or not performing up to par, he "applied
his board of education" to you. The funny thing was that most of the
time when he applied it, the receivers were normally taller than he was.
Although I was not and still am not good in math, I attribute whatever success I had in math to this great teacher. My hats off to all teachers who make learning not only a must, but also interesting the way Mr. Frank Gibbons did.
See ya next time in the Korner. E-mail me at kdover28.gmail.com or text me at 573-820-2404.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."