EKU Looking for Memories of Special Teachers
As EKU prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2006 and remembers its roots as a teacher-preparation institution, the College of Education is soliciting and compiling stories of great teachers and the qualities that made them memorable.
“Have you stopped recently to ponder where you might be today if it weren’t for an exceptional teacher or two who decided you were special and worthy of a significant investment of their time and effort?” asked Dr. Mark Wasicsko, dean of EKU’s College of Education. “Was it destiny or a twist of fate that placed you in their charge? These questions can bring to mind good memories about exceptional individuals who played a major role in shaping our lives. Kentuckians’ recollections about their favorite teachers can help contribute to a large-scale study under way at EKU.”
Wasicsko said the College’s goal is to collect over 5,000 accounts of great teachers, glean the characteristics that made them so successful, and study the implications for preparing the next generation of educators. “In addition, we plan to publish studies and articles about what we discover.”
Kentuckians can help by telling about their favorite teacher online at the Great Teachers, Great Memories website (www.education.eku.edu/favoriteteacher) or by mailing their submission to Great Teachers/Great Memories, College of Education, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475-3102. Respondents should include the teacher’s name, school(s) where he or she taught, the first characteristic that distinguishes that teacher, a specific memory about him or her and a description of how that teacher treated them as a student. For more information, call 622-3515.
“For a teacher there is probably no greater tribute than to be remembered kindly by a former student,” Wasicsko said. “Please send us your memories and, if the great teacher is still living, send him or her a copy.”