Heard on the Street

'Who was your favorite teacher and why?'

Mar 23, 2013
"Gary Osborne at Winslow High School. He was a chemistry teacher and taught it at a level so that we could understand it. He made chemistry interesting." — Steve Johnson, Rockland

The Camden Herald staff asks: "Who was your favorite teacher and why?"

"Mrs. Anderson at Lincolnville school. She was a really good teacher. [She] used to pick me up and take me to school so that I was always early." — Kim Young Rossiter, Lincolnville
"Miss McGinnis, my first grade teacher in New York, she taught me how to read and made reading fun. — Jan Summer, Camden
"Mr. Thibodeau, he is an amazing teacher. He taught without parameters but was able to keep the class engaged and focused. [He] taught with a full circle perspective. [I] loved his class!" — Hugh Morrison, Belfast
"Can I choose more than one? Mr. Moro whipped me into shape on the very first day of class and the rest of the year went great. Mr. Williams, helluva guy, and Ms. Dailey has a good heart and a good vibe in her classroom." — Dave Pike, Camden
Comments (18)
Posted by: Carol W Bachofner | Mar 27, 2013 10:13

I must also add, Ken Coombs at York High School who taught Problems of Democracy (hey, why do we not have that course any more? we NEED it)

Posted by: Carol W Bachofner | Mar 27, 2013 10:10

Mrs Virginia Weare Parsons, now in her 90s, taught English at York High School. She is to this day the person whose voice I hear in my head when I write. She taught me attention to details, focus on proper grammar, and ethics in writing. One of the few living teachers who has a whole building named after her. She rocks!

Posted by: GAIL HAWES | Mar 27, 2013 08:46

I had many good teachers, but my absolute favorite and saving grace was Geoff Lyon at Medomak in the 80's. He took learning to the next level for me and taught me that being inquisitive and questioning things outright was a GOOD thing. I was not the easiest student since I never would just shut up and listen. He channeled that into a good career in science. I ended up dedicating my final thesis to him because he put me on the right track. And the rest gave me a good foundation to be able to follow that track!

Posted by: Kathy Moran | Mar 26, 2013 14:29

Yes, Lempi Makinen, Bassick School! I still remember the day we stood outside her house to watch it become "electrified", a forward move for the Makinens. At Camden High, Shirley Brawn, then and forever my nemesis, and my muse to this day.

Posted by: William Pease | Mar 24, 2013 23:34

I'd have to pick Mr. Robert Hybels, the first true intellectual I ever met in my life. He taught Problems of Democracy or something like that. But I've got to also mention Mrs. Hart, who gave me a C in Trig. (I think it was) when I really deserved a D, or probably an E. She had a warm heart. Then there was also Mrs. Viik who read Tennyson's Idylls of the King to us and kept us spellbound with it. And Ms. Norma Connors who taught French in two years to me so well that I became a translator for our unit commander in the US Army in France a few years later. These teachers were at RHS from 1948 to 1952. Wonderful teachers.

Posted by: Steve Waterman | Mar 24, 2013 21:02

Miss Lempi Makinen, Bassick School, South Thomaston. She taught us everything worth knowing up through 2nd grade. I can't remember anything useful I learned after that.

Posted by: Ronald Gamage | Mar 24, 2013 14:12


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Mar 24, 2013 14:10

Going back a bit . . . . Doris Coltart as Principal at Tyler School on Rockland's Warren Street .  . . who married Ken MacDougal (science teacher at the old RHS) . . and became Mrs. MacDougal at the then newly opened North School (Broadway in Rockland) and was, again, my principal.  North School was later re-named . . for her.  She was wonderful!  Also Mr. Larry Plummer at RHS as my Ancient History teacher . . . . also the "Keeper of Detention".  I was in his room often in each capacity!  ;)

Posted by: Scott A Nelson | Mar 24, 2013 14:09

Mr. Wheeler...7th & 8th Grade Hope Elementary School. His WWII Naval Battle lessons were unforgettable and he read "Come Spring" by Ben Ames Williams aloud to us. A book I have since read again...TWICE!!

AND, Faith Vautour. My very favorite history teacher ever!!!

Melissa Berry Nelson

Posted by: Patricia Pendleton | Mar 24, 2013 09:31

Whenever this subject is brought up, Steve Moro's name always come up, who my children had as a favorite teacher. Another name that crops up is Nellie Hall from Rockland, who was my all time favorite teacher. As someone else said once, she made each of us feel like we were her special pupil.

Posted by: avery brott | Mar 24, 2013 00:01

Ned Gruener, Steve Moro, Jon Potter, Charlie Seymour.

Posted by: Christopher H. Jaeger | Mar 23, 2013 21:19

Red Davis Camden... Wonder if he is still out there and where so I could thank him.


Posted by: Peter Johnston | Mar 23, 2013 17:29

I had many great teachers going through elementary and middle school in Camden.

Mr Stone

Mrs Foss

Mrs Hills

Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Mar 23, 2013 17:20

Mrs. Lois Harjula, she was a wonderful teacher she would talk to me , she really cared.  And Miss Bertha Luce I can't remember that much about her But she was one of my favorites too.  R.I.P. Mrs. Harjula..

Posted by: DA Taylor | Mar 23, 2013 17:16

Dick knight and Ann Messer-Union High School

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 23, 2013 17:01

Am going to steal something from Ron Dyer: "They cared for their students and wanted the best for them and always knew when a student needed a positive word of encouragement."   Nellie Hall was mine. Visited her regularly for years after having her in the Fourth grade.

Posted by: troy a goodnow | Mar 23, 2013 15:25

The memorable ones were...

Bob Morrill (BOMO)  Math

Gary Davis - Social Studies

Richard Sims - Latin

Gene Frye - Science

Elizabeth Maizner

Gary Small

Posted by: Ronald E Dyer | Mar 23, 2013 14:38

"I actually had several...Miss Alberta Kimball and Anna Kangas in grade school. They cared for their students and wanted the best for them and always knew when a student needed a positive word of encouragement. Diane Roesing when I was in Grade 6 at the old Rockland Junior High, Gale Frye in 7th/8th grade and at RDHS, Gary Davis, my social studies/history teacher and cross country coach.

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