Remember the most amazing teacher you had in school? I do. His name was Mr. Hall and he taught social studies and consumer ed at my junior high school on the west side of Aurora.
This was way back in the early 1970s and it was Mr. Hall who gave my class an assignment to create scrapbooks on the then-fledgling ecology/environmental movement.
It was one of those homework assignments that I looked forward to completing. Mr. Hall never knew it, but yours truly had been writing and self-publishing scrapbooks with written commentary on a variety of current topics just for fun since the fifth grade.
As Hawk Harrelson would say, Mr. Hall’s scrapbook assignment was right in this seventh grader’s wheelhouse. As I recall, I went home and enjoyed writing and putting together a scrapbook which I later turned in to Mr. Hall.
Looking back now, I realize that was the first publishing assignment I had outside my home and the positive reinforcement I received from Mr. Hall on the final product served to inspire me and helped direct me to a career in journalism and publishing.
I’m certain most of our readers can look back on a teacher or teachers during their own school years who helped guide them towards their eventual professions. At its core that is what teaching is all about: to stir imaginations and inspire young minds to learn. Fortunately, in Kendall County we have many outstanding teachers in both our local public and private schools who work hard to guide and shape the direction of thousands of young lives every day. For all that they do, these teachers are deserving of some special recognition. That’s why the Record Newspapers will be honoring a Teacher of the Month in our papers and on our website at KendallCountyNow.com throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
Starting today, Sept. 5, we are inviting our readers to submit their nominations for Teacher of the Month by completing a short form on our website. Each month a new teacher will be selected for the honor from all nominations received and be featured in the Record/Ledger and on KendallCountyNow.com. In addition, the teacher of the month will be presented with a $100 gift card to help pay for classroom supplies.
We are looking forward to receiving your teacher nominations and providing some well deserved recognition to our many local outstanding educators throughout the school year. And, to Mr. Hall (wherever you are), I’m sending a long overdue thank you for giving my class that scrapbook assignment.
• John Etheredge is editor of the Record Newspapers