WTA Executive Members talk about their most influential teacher

  • October 5, 2016
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WTA President, Nathan Martindale:

The teacher who most influenced me was Taras Chubey, my grade 5/6 teacher in the English Ukrainian Bilingual Program at Ralph Brown School in Winnipeg. He expected us to try our best, finish our work and be respectful. I recall his sense of humour and true passion for the Ukrainian heritage. I had the privilege of being a teacher candidate in his classroom about 20 years later! Thank you Pan (Mr.) Chubey!

WTA Vice-President, Kristin Insull:

For most of grade 3, and part of grade 4, I lived in a small beach town in Ontario.  My grade 3 teacher, Mrs Talbot, welcomed me with open arms into her class when I arrived late in October.  She always insisted on quality work, cursive handwriting (I remember practicing those capital Qs over and over and over again!), and proper manners.  She also encouraged me to go beyond the work assigned in the class when I finished early, and provided opportunities for enrichment.  In the summer after grade 3, she sent me a postcard from her Hungarian homeland. In grade 4, she took myself and my friend out for lunch, to thank us for helping her with her new group of grade 3 students at lunch. When I left to move back to Brandon, she put together a care package for me, and to this day, I treasure the book of poems she gave me with her loopy cursive wishes inside, and remember her kindness fondly.

WTA Secretary, Michelle Wolfe:

Mr Fred Pleasants of Ajax High School, Ontario comes to mind as my most influential teacher.  He supported, challenged, engaged, and inspired many music students over his long career.  I still think of his one-liners often.  

WTA AGM Chair, Terry Willerton:

The teacher who had the most influence on me and my life as a High School student was George deJonge. He was my Baking instructor from grade 10-12. He was the kindest, the funniest, and the smartest person I knew. Not only in his Baking skills but in the way he dealt with students every day. He was always able to talk to you at your level and offer great insight into your everyday life. I am not sure what gave him his insight into life, whether it was his age or the fact he lived through the 2nd World War in his native Holland.His students admired and respected him and he in return offer up his knowledge in Baking and in day to day life. Instilling in us his joy of living and his respect of life. In many of these aspects I try everyday to be a good teacher and install my joy of Baking and Life. I hope that my students come away from my class with the same knowledge of life and Baking.