Happy National Teachers’ Day!

In honor of National Teachers’ Day, we wanted to spotlight some of the educators that had a significant impact on our staff. Here are some of our staff members’ recollections of their favorite teachers:

Hollie Edwards (Waukesha): Mr. P. was my 8th grade science teacher. As any 13 or 14-year-old, I had better things to do with my time, and science wasn’t really my best subject. Towards the end of the year he offered a “random” extra credit opportunity to students whose grades were suffering. This opportunity was helping him clear trash from a mile of the highway on a weekend afternoon. He was kind, entertaining understanding, and an all around wonderful teacher.

Hannah Kowalczyk (Accounting): Belinda Wampler! She taught math at Union Grove High School. She is one of the kindest teachers I have had the pleasure to learn from. Without her, I wouldn’t have discovered my love for numbers. It takes someone with a big heart to share their knowledge and passion with others, and Belinda is just that! She came to class every day with a big smile and a positive attitude. Her personality rubbed off on those around her. Thanks, Ms.Wampler, I owe so much to you!

Nathalie Andersen (Teller Operated Machines): My favorite teacher was my mother. From 2nd to 8th grade she taught my brother and I at home and helped us appreciate learning. Outside of making sure we learned things like math and English, she taught me faith, endurance, kindness and to listen. She taught me how to look at things from other perspectives and appreciate this great big world we live in. Every day growing up was filled with lessons and even now whenever I talk to her she is teaching me something new.

Stephanie Chamberlain (Janesville): My favorite teacher was my 1st through 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Jacobs. I went to a very small school with only 34 kids in grades K – 8.  Mrs. Jacobs’ husband taught 4th – 8th grade. Their four children were among some of my very best friends. So, not only was Mrs. Jacobs the one who provided me knowledge about math, reading and science, she was also like a second mother to me. My own mother became very ill and my two brothers and I actually went to live with Mrs. Jacobs and her family for a little while until my own mother was better.  She was and still is a faithful friend to my mother and father. We still get together several times a year to visit. She is special to me because she is family.

Joe Knapton (Information Systems): I remember my 8th grade teacher Mrs. Smith. I liked math a lot, and we had a section on decimal equivalence (going from decimals to fractions to percentages, etc.). We had to memorize these for a lot of the simple ones, like 1/2 = 0.5, 1/8 = 0.125, 1/3 = 0.33333 – but during our graduation practices, I memorized the 7ths and the 13ths. They are six-digit patterns that repeat, and you know which one it is by the numerator. 1/7 is 0.142857 repeating. If you want 3/7, you pick the 3rd highest number and go from there (so 0.428751 repeating). The 13ths have 2 separate 6 digit sequences with the same concept. 076923 and 153846. I am typing this full thing from memory; zero calculators involved! That was way back in 1996, and 23 years later I still remember them “like that”. Mrs. Smith was a really fun teacher and clearly inspired me to do something “meaningful” (??) with my spare time!

Who was your favorite teacher? Let us know in the comments!