El Sepremo (Howard Letke), Cary Veis, Heidi Yoder/Healy, Jon Polich, Scott Andrews, Scott Jens, John Potts.
Howard taught me more than I thought I was capable of learning - he made it interesting. I really can't say enough about Howard.
Cary inspired me with his enthusiasm for fitness and the manner he dealt with us boys. He treated us like men - like he just assumed we could live up to expectation and knew how to do better. He pushed us as if he had total confidence we'd succeed - even if we didn't think we would. Pretty awesome.
Heidi Yoder (had her during her first year teaching at CCDHS). She actually taught me history! Don't get me wrong - Howard taught me a lot but it was information overload and really didn't sink in until years later. Heidi actually tricked me into learning and retaining information and I got my first decent grade in a history class because of it. She understood how us "right brainers" learned things differently.
Jon Polich - a lot like Cary Veis - just a strong, role model that was good at shaping us up into young men. I got my first experiences of enjoying weight lifting from him. Of all the types of classes/teachers one might expect to be a little light in the substance department - I learned a great deal from Veis and Polich about character.
Scott Andrews - frankly, the guy cut me slack when I didn't deserve it. He let me have a lot of latitude, too, in his audio-visual film club and trusted me with a lot of expensive and fragile equipment day after day filming wrestling, football, basketball, you name it. There's no earthly reason he should have given me the breaks he did but he seemed to figure I was worth the risk. I learned a bit more about helping one live up to potential from him - more than I would have without him as a teacher.
Scot Jens - what can I say? I'm 38 with a spotless driving record. ha ha. I'd like to think he'd be proud of that. Seriously, he was a good driver's ed instructor (exceedingly patient) but managed to make me appreciate science more. I remember thinking he was one of the few teachers that would sit and chat with me as if I was /gasp/ a regular, grown-up person! ha ha - we had some wonderful conversations and he never made me feel like a [email protected]
John Potts - he was like a Mythbuster/Science-Guy before they were on TV. He was very cool how he took the practical approach to science. I built my first radio, bridge, launchable rocket, and even telescope because of him. Not bad - he was very cool about hands-on science and I guarantee I learned more because of it.
I feel bad - I might be missing someone but it's only because I haven't had enough coffee and I'm sleep deprived as it is. ha ha