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School days

Posted 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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Another refreshing blog! Mr. Gibbons was a gentleman in every sense of the word.

-- Posted by geezerette on Sat, Oct 23, 2010, at 12:40 PM

I remember Mr. Gibbons quite fondly, as he helped me understand and have fun with math, especially fractions and doing the work in my head, and I also remember his son, Joe Wayne, and that great honey that Mr. Gibbons got from his bees....great memories, Kathleen, thanks for a great story, regards, kkr

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 12:09 PM

Nice article. Mr. Gibbons taught all subjects for 7th and 8th graders when I attended Dudley school. He was the best teacher I had in my 12 years of attending classes.

-- Posted by nomodudmo on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 10:54 AM

Isn't it interesting that so many of Mr. Gibbons' former students have warm memories of him, despite the "board of education" he sometimes wielded? What does that tell us?

My favorites from my school days never used the board, but we certainly had no doubt that they WOULD, if they had to! No one dared cross Mrs. Totten, but I remember her as being the most compassionate of all my teachers. She didn't need to be gushy or super-friendly for me to know that she cared. She, too, taught math, which was my least favorite subject.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 12:39 PM

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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."
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