I've had some outstanding English teachers in my years of education. I learned yesterday that one of the best passed away over the weekend. I was sad to hear that, but amazed to learn that she was still teaching at my high school that I attended. She has been teaching for 32 years at San Pasqual High School.
Margie Knight was my 12th grade English teacher. She was a feisty little woman and a tough, but very good teacher. You knew what she expected of you and you wanted to deliver.
I remember one of the papers I wrote in her class. It was comparing and contrasting a contemporary song with a poem from the past. It was amazing to me, to find ideas and values the same in two pieces of art written hundreds of years apart. That was my first experience in comparing and contrasting literature at that level. It inspired me to write and get a degree in English Literature, which I loved.
A good teacher is priceless. Their influence is like a ripple in a pond. They create a legacy that lives on in their students and is passed on to the next generation and the next.