Survey Thursday: Favorite Teacher

May 28th, 2009
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K homeys, we're back on the reminiscing tip this week. Y'all ready for this?

Last week we got CHOKE feedback about some of our favorite, now-out-of-business, businesses. This week, we'll pay homage to those who sharpened our minds and molded our futures. Das right'chall, it's time to give mad props to our favorite teacher(s) of yesteryear! I know ya got um! Here's your chance to send some love to them! So, without further ado...

Growing up, who was your favorite teacher and why? 

I have two. Mrs. Carol Teruya at Wilson Elementary and Ms. Lori Sugimura at Kaiser High.

My memory's a bit foggy for the elementary school daze, but I do remember that Mrs. Teruya was super nice and sweet and took a liking to me for some reason. I think she had a hand in sending me to A.T. (Academically Talented) classes as well. Big ups to Mrs. Teruya.

Ms. Sugimura was my Japanese language teacher as well as my sensei when I was her T.A. She was a super laid-back and an in-tune-with-the-students kinda teacher. She was on the younger side so she could relate to us a lot better, which made for a fun class. I think she took a liking to me as well. Probably didn't hurt that I spoke Japanee. :P Shout out to Ms. Sugimura.

K, your turn yo! Who be your fave teech and why?


Results from last week (Old School Joints)
 

  • 5-7-9
  • 3-Coins Restaurant -Wahiawa where Zippy's is now.
  • 9th ave bakery
  • A&W restaurants?
  • Aaron's
  • Ala Wai Canal rental boats
  • Alex's Drive Inn, Kapahulu
  • All the bowling alleys that got shut down...
  • All the Drive Ins
  • All the sugar cane fields that originally existed from Waikele to Kunia, into Kapolei and Ewa
  • Aloha Airlines/Mahalo/Discovery/Mid Pacific
  • Andrew's
  • Andy's (Same guy)
  • Any trustworthy manapua truck
  • Arakawa's
  • Atlantis
  • Beacon Restaurant
  • Bear In Mind (small, small shop - i think it was where the viking/sub zero showroom is now)
  • Bea's Drive inn (where Donald Duck was)
  • BeeHive drive in - Wahiawa
  • Ben Franklin (Kaimuki)
  • Ben Ono's Texaco (pearl city - that was my hs job)
  • Big Way
  • Black Angus
  • Black Orchid
  • Blimpie's
  • Blue Zebra
  • Bobby McGee's
  • Boy London
  • Brew Moon
  • Bubble Gum
  • Bullwinkle's
  • Cane Fields...and not fo suck face and make mufflah burns
  • Canlis
  • Capt's Galley
  • Carnival Carnival
  • Castagnola
  • Castle Park
  • Catch of the Day Sushi
  • C'est Ci Bon
  • Chaco's
  • Charlie's Bar and Grill - Kea'au
  • Che Michele
  • Cheapo (the generic Jelly's)
  • Chi Chi's
  • Chicken Alice
  • Chico's Pizza
  • Chuck Wagon
  • Chuck's Manoa/Shipley's Ale House
  • Chun Hoon supermarket
  • Chunky's drive inn
  • Church's fried chicken
  • Cilly's and The Sting.
  • Cinerama Theater
  • Civic Auditorium - Wrassling! Handsome Johnny Barand (sic?), Ripper Collins,
  • Clic Photo Kiosks
  • Cobra Skateboards, that whole building is gone!
  • Coco's
  • Coda
  • Coin Power
  • Compadres
  • CompUSA
  • Consumer Tire Warehouse - the one at Pearlridge is that furniture store now by Borders.
  • Contempo Casuals
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (Ala Moana)
  • Coronet - Waipahu and Makaha
  • Country Lanes in Waipahu
  • Curious Porpoise
  • da skate rink in waiau
  • Daie pearlridge
  • Dairy Queen in Wahiawa
  • Dairyman's
  • dat saimin stand in pearl city that turned into a car lot
  • dat theater in town dat play kung fu movies
  • Delite soda
  • Dennys Pearlridge used to be something else before, does anyone remember?
  • Ditto's (all UHers had to go there before)
  • Donald Duck drive inn
  • dunkin donuts
  • Eagle Hardware - now Lowes
  • Ebesu Catering and Delicatesen
  • Elena's...yes, back to waipahu
  • Elephant and Castle in Waimalu
  • Emilio's Pizza
  • Emjays
  • Ewa Shopping Basket
  • Famous Amos cookie stands
  • Farm Fair at McKinley HS
  • Farrell's Restaurants
  • Fast stop
  • Fiasco's (Hilo)
  • Flamingo's
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foremost - between Gaspro and OCCC on Dillingham Blvd.
  • Foxmoor
  • Francis Camera Shop--Ala Moana
  • Frankie's Market
  • Game World/Mitsukoshi
  • Gecko Moon
  • GEMs
  • Gibson's
  • Giving Tree
  • Goodie Corner-Temple Valley Shopping Center
  • Grace's in McCully
  • Granny Goose warehouse, right off Moanalua freeway where the coffin place is now
  • Great Outdoors bike shop near Cutter Ford Aiea.
  • GTE Hawaiian Tel phone mart in Pearlridge, next to Sears.
  • H Saimin Stand
  • Hamada Okazuya in Waipahu
  • hanauma bay where you can go see toilet bowl
  • Haouli clothing store at Pearl City by Longs
  • harpos pizza
  • Hartfields
  • Hawaii Stars Studios
  • Heavy Metal Barbell Co. - westridge
  • Helen's Chinese Food on Kapahulu
  • Hickory Farms in Pearlridge phase II by the Hobby Company.
  • Hoffman's video
  • Holiday Mart (I don't care if it's Don Quijote, it's HOLIDAY MART)
  • Honcell
  • Honolulu Federal Savings and Loan
  • Honolulu Stadium? Hawaii Islanders baseball.
  • Honouliuli Shokai Store
  • Honsport - I bought my in line skates there!
  • HOPACO--Ala Moana
  • Horatio's
  • House of Music
  • huli huli chicken fundraisers
  • Ice Garden at Gibson's Mapunapuna
  • Il Fresco/El Crab Catcher (where Red Lobster is now)
  • Infinity
  • Island infusion (Hilo)
  • JB's
  • JC Penny's
  • Jelly's
  • Jet Raceway slotcars (Kaimuki Ciyt Mill)
  • Jewelco
  • JJ's Diner
  • Jolly Rogers drive inn (after Mynah Bird drive inn and now Kahala Zippys)
  • Jumbo's
  • JW
  • Kailua Drive in-theater
  • Kaimuki Cue
  • Kaiser Hospital when it was in the Hawaii Prince Hotel location
  • Kalihi Bowl
  • Kam Bowl/Kalihi Bowl/Bowl a Drome/Waialae Bowl
  • Kam Drive in-theater
  • Kamaaina Coffee Shop (I think that's what it was called, the one outside the Kahala Mall Woolworth)
  • Kapiolani Bakery
  • Kapiolani Bar and Grill
  • KC Drive In
  • Keiki Land (Ala Moana)
  • Kelly's Coffee Shop
  • Kengo's
  • Kenny's Burger House
  • Kimuraya Bakery
  • King Sporting Goods
  • King Theater
  • Kings Bakery/Coffee Shop
  • Kings Garden (10th Ave)
  • Kinney shoes
  • Klum Gym?
  • Komokata
  • Kramer's
  • Kress
  • Kuhio Grill
  • Kuroda Chevron in Aiea
  • Kwong On
  • Leeds
  • Liberty House
  • Liberty Theater - kung fu movies
  • Lippy Espinda's used cars
  • Lynn's Deli-
  • Lyn's Delicatessen/Little Sicily Pizza
  • magic island when neva look and smell like one toilet bowl
  • Magoo's (The one from da van not too good)
  • Manoa Chop Suey
  • Manoa Grill
  • Marina theatres
  • Maroney's Pizza in Wahiawa
  • Marsh Company used to be on Dillingham by Sizzler.
  • Marujyu when they was a super market.
  • Masa's
  • Masa's Kitchen (across cafe sistina)
  • Masquerade
  • mc donalds when still had da playground by lex brodies
  • McCully Chop Suey
  • McInerney
  • Ming's Palace (King Street)
  • Moa Moa Tei on Kalakaua near Rock-Za
  • Moose Mcgillycuddy's
  • Mr. Sub
  • Mynah Bird drive inn (Kahala zippys)
  • NEX Toyland used to be in the Waimano Home Road navy warehouses where Pearl City Wendy's is now.
  • Nicholas Nicklas - top of Ala Moana Hotel
  • Nick's Fishmarket
  • Nippon Theater
  • Oaktree
  • Oasis
  • O'Keefe and Sons (Hilo)
  • original chuckecheese was huge!
  • O'taheite
  • P&P supermarket (Kaimuki City Mill)
  • Pager one
  • Palace and Mamo theatres
  • Palomino
  • Palowai drive inn - Waialae McDonald
  • Parker's Books
  • Pay N Save
  • Pearl City Tavern (bonus points for the spider monkey display)
  • PENGUINS at Pearlridge phase I
  • perridge "phase one and two" now referred to as uptown
  • perridge drive in theaters fo suck face
  • perridge four plex
  • Pink Cadillac
  • Pioneer chicken
  • Pioneer Federal
  • Pizza Bob's
  • Player's
  • Playwell
  • Primo Brewery in Pearl City where Best Buy is now.
  • Primo Gardens (waimalu)
  • Punani's
  • quarry parking
  • Rainbow Rollerland
  • Ranch House
  • Reuben's
  • Rexall
  • Ritz - they used to be in ala mo and pearlridge.
  • Round house
  • Row Bar
  • Royal Sunset Drive in-theater
  • Royal Theater
  • Rudy's flowers
  • Runway 7
  • Salerno
  • San Francisco Rag Shop
  • sato's shave ice
  • Scoozee's
  • Scotty's drive inn (Keeaumoku)
  • Security Diamonds
  • Shakey's pizza
  • Shan's Bakery in Wahiawa
  • Showbiz
  • Skateland
  • Skyslide
  • Slices Pizza on Kapahulu
  • south seas restaurant, kelly's bakery and tops
  • Spats
  • Speedy's
  • Spindrifters (Kahala Mall)
  • Spud's Laundry
  • Stadium Bowl o Drome
  • Stecks?
  • strawberry fields (S. King st)
  • Studabaker's
  • Suehiro's
  • Super Slide
  • Suzuki Japanese Restaurant
  • Sweet thoughts bakery (manoa)
  • Sweethearts Lei Stand
  • Taco Hut
  • Tahitian Lanai (my friend used to work there).
  • Tanoue's Saimin
  • Ted's Drive In - Moiliili
  • Tempo Music/JR's Music Shop
  • TGI Fridays
  • the "old" oceans
  • The Bistro at Century Center
  • The Body Shop
  • The Dog House
  • The Huge McDonald Land playground in Waipahu!
  • The Meat Market
  • The Moana and The Surfrider Hotels..
  • The Point After
  • the pump - liquor store at pearlridge by Anna Millers.
  • The Red Vest
  • The Ritz
  • the saimin stand on the corner of waipahu st and depot rd
  • The Trampoline place next to Rainbow Rollerland.
  • The Waikikian and Tahitian Lanai
  • The Wave Waikiki
  • Thick n Juicy Pizza in waimalu
  • Thom McCann
  • Thrifty Drug Store
  • Tic Toc Drive In
  • Timber Town
  • Tower Records
  • Toy Land
  • Toyo Theater - samurai movies (Zatoichi, Lone Wolf, ....)
  • Toyo's Superette!
  • Us is Nuts
  • Varsity Theatre
  • Vball Hawaii - ward warehouse
  • Victoria Station
  • Vis A Vis
  • Wahiawa Theater
  • Waialae Drive Inn Theater
  • Waialae Driving Range
  • Waikiki 1 & 2 theaters
  • Waikiki theater #3 with the fake coconut trees inside.
  • Walden Books
  • Wigwam, Dillingham
  • Wiki Wiki Burger - Market City
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria
  • Wong's Saimin and Okazuya (Ala Moana)
  • Woolworth's
  • World Cafe
  • Yong Sing (Downtown)
  • yumyum tree

WHEW!!!!!!!!!

Happy Survey Thursday... Woo Hoo it's almost TGI(F)F!

29 Responses to “Survey Thursday: Favorite Teacher”

  1. Coconut Willy:

    Wow! Dat's a pretty cool list. Kinda sad tho. All those memories.

    I don't think I have a favorite teacha. School for me was just something to get through. There was Mr. Ogata tho in the 4th grade. He used to throw erasers and hit us on the head with a rolled up newspaper. This was before we knew we could sue.

    How's about an un-favorite?


  2. Rosette:

    I don't remember..none of them gave me A !


  3. Rosette:

    okay my aunt she was a teacher and my grandma the principal ..yes eventhough I keep failing they still like me! My aunt she felt bad so she tried to get answers and gave me the test to study..still failed my brother laughing..I WAS like what what!


  4. Rosette:

    yes so I am easy with my youngest he just doesn't get it sometimes...my oldest has probably have a favorite teacher he is good at school just like his father...I was busy thinking of getting snacks and going home to watch t.v.


  5. Rosette:

    my childhood is watching my two brothers studying hard MY grandma and my adotped mom aunt expects them to be smart and I relax doing my hair and nails! I am fine...!


  6. che:

    My 7th grade teacher Mrs Ota at Stevenson. She taught math and kept about 12 students after school 2 days a week to teach us pre-algebra in addition to our regular math during the school day. She did this on her own at no charge.


  7. matt:

    Miss...Mun, I think? She later got married and became Mrs Toyama. my elementary school PE teacher at Hanahauoli. One of the first times I experienced breaking of gender roles (she wasn't your stereotypical "female gym teacher", but she was a very good PE teacher for that age group).

    Mr. McClain. Science teacher at Hanahauoli. though it wasn't formalized, he got the students to start thinking about problems using the scientific method. Introduced me to insects, which opened the door to the rest of the world-as-lab. Introduced me to okra (he was from texas, I think, and we grew okra in the school garden) which eventually lead me to gumbo then southern food, then an additional 40 pounds since HS graduation.

    Mr Morrison (the former UH QB coach), Mr Gibson, and a couple of others in HS at Punahou. These guys were smart, but they were, first and foremost, cool. Morrison had his LA strut (His "pimp" as he called it) like Shaft blowing through Makiki.

    Various other teachers and coaches at Punahou who didn't give up on a slacker. Coaches Eldredge, Eldredge, Eldredge, Eldredge (there were a lot of them), Maclachlin, Kusunoki...Miss Tsuda (who kicked my butt in Math every day, who I thought was really mean, and who I realize now, was a damned good teacher who was probably frustrated with my lack of effort), and a whole host of others in HS.

    I was really lucky to have the educational experiences I did.


  8. hemajang:

    Mr. Dave Thorne was a favorite teacher of mine. It was art class in high school. He really inspired me to continue doing art throughout my life, getting a BFA and into my profession as a graphic artist. He was such a funny guy in a corny, midwest kinda way but was very local at the same time. Super encouraging but able to critique in a gentle honest way. My mom thought he was great when he spoke Japanese to her. Legend has it that he was somewhat of a psychic and able to pick up personal information about you without telling him anything. I used to pop in his office now and then but haven't seen him for a while but he definitely was an influence on me.


  9. kate:

    My elementary school years are pretty hazy and even when I look at my class pictures, I can't remember much. The only grade I do remember is 5th grade at Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe. I would have to say Mrs. Camille Woodruff was my favorite elementary school teacher. She was old then and I was surprised to read her obituary in the newspaper...she passed away just a few years ago at age 93! Taught at both Ben Parker and Punahou.

    Sad but I can't even remember most of my HIGH SCHOOL teachers! Without looking at my yearbook, the only way I can answer your question is by topic...my favorite teachers/topics are the ones I was TA for - algebra & japanese (I also was a TA for geometry - being one of the few students who actually got an A - but the teacher was not a favorite) and there was a business teacher that I liked too. I DIDN'T like my trig teacher and remember getting mad at my yearbook advisor.


  10. frankie:

    Mr. Doran, my high school English teacher. Because of him I majored in English instead of Biology.


  11. M:

    Good Morning Ed! :)

    My PE teacher in high school, can't remember his name but he was the only teacher that gave me an "A".


  12. kuya.d:

    Mrs. Vivian Kaneko, my eighth grade homeroom and English teacher at Highlands Inter. She was always, energetic, encouraging, and loving to all of us.

    Get this, a few years back, she stayed in Hilo to take care of her mom. So she asked if she could volunteer at Keaau Middle School where I work. So for a couple months, she came in and helped work on reading with some of our students. So cool, but I wonder if she was spying on me?

    But really, so cool! My eighth grade teacher helping my eighth graders . . . what's da chances?


  13. kuya.d:

    BTW - I felt like I had to be on extra good behavior when she was on campus . . . out principal loved it. And my kids would all ask her to tell stories about me . . . I'm still not sure which ones she shared.


  14. uncle jimmy:

    hmmm, there were so many great guys at UHM in business, so many brilliant minds and distinctive personalities.. we were so lucky..

    Paul Chung.. "is it ok?" (aka do you get it?) "can someone get me cocaine? i want to try".. sorry, Paul, no..

    K.K.Seo.. "to get A, you have to teach ME something".. no way..

    Mac Williams.. actually made Econ interesting, like a history class..

    Lane Kelly - cool dude, Texas Aggie, Steve McQueen teaches management.. made business seem like a cool game to play..

    Joe Miccio - The big Italian with the bigger heart.. dude saved my ass.. cared enough to see the promise in me when it wasn't even visible..

    Russ Taussig - always the smartest guy in the room wherever he went.. gave me my first big break.. "wanna teach for us?".. t'anks, eh Russ..

    Frank Jungbluth - the blonde Perry Mason with big body, big voice, and big heart.. the most captivating lecturer, demanding tester, and kind mentor, best leader of young people i've ever met.. changed my life..

    some special moments years later upon meeting the wives of these special guys, often after they'd passed away, and having the chance to say, "your husband changed my life".. most of them were local girls..


  15. Coconut Willy:

    @uncle jimmy=didn't Seo say "there is no such thing as a free lunch" like every class?


  16. Coconut Willy:

    Dr. Robert Doktor (Dr. Doktor) was pretty cool. He taught International Business I think. Our class went to his house on Hawaii Loa Ridge.


  17. rayboyjr:

    My favorite teacher(s) was my DAD and a close second was my MOM!!!

    They taught me everything else I needed to know in life to survive ... even taught me to cook a lot of my favorite foods that I loved growing up ... Dad ranked a little higher 'cause he was more patient, while Mom cracked the whip a little more!

    ... I can't remember the names of my school teachers ... I'm so bad with names ...


  18. EMM386:

    Miss Miura, Hilo High School Math/Computer Science Teacher. She made classes so much fun that we used to hang with her in her classroom even after we didn't have her class anymore. I remember being kicked out of American Problems (not kicked out of the class as in could not take it, but told to show up on exam day only) because I used to sleep in class all the time (I had AP American Government the year before and got a 5 on the AP exam). The teacher basically gave me a signed pass and told me to fill in the day and time if I got caught out of class. Campus security made me go somewhere out of sight, since they had to ask for a pass if I was around during their rounds, so I would go into Miss Miura class instead. Everyday, I'd pull 65 cents from her desk drawer, buy her a diet sprite at the soda machine, buy myself a soda (my money, not hers) and kick back at her desk. Inevitably, she'd make use of me by making me grade her geometry homework papers, as if I was a student aide.


  19. soogs:

    kk seo? never had him but was forced to buy his textbook for bec class. musta been the first printing cuz it had missing pages, repeated pages, missing chapters, pages out of order, etc,etc. not to mention it was impossible to read. it was so bad, our prof couldn't follow it nor could he figure out the answers to the problems! musta been a better teacher than a writer!
    my fave uh prof was david worthley. he took the time and effort to make sure everyone in the class learned what he taught. my memory is super bad so it definitely means something to me that i remembered him.
    my fave elem teacher was mr date at hongwanji. he scared the bejeezus out of me with his booming voice and his tree trunk forearms. he had a 2' x 4' piece of plywood w/holes in it that read "board of education" on his desk, just in case we got out of line. he explained the holes in the board were there to enable a more foreceful swing as there would be less air resistance. suffice it to say, i wuz good boy in that class!


  20. skycastles:

    Miss Jodi Tamashiro, Kaleiopuu Elementary School, 4th Grade
    She was super young, just out of UH, and it was her first year of teaching. I always liked school, but she was the first teacher who actually made learning fun.

    Mrs. Pauline Higa, Mililani High School, Advanced Physics
    She was such a cool teacher and she'd stay in during recess and lunch to help tutor us. She was always patient and funny. I never did quite get physics and she gave me my first ever C, but it wasn't through lack of effort on either of our parts. I just couldn't get it no matter how hard I tried :lol: AND her brother was Mike Sakamoto (the Fishing Tales dude).

    Mrs. Deira Itagaki, Mililani High School, AP English
    She was more open-minded and allowed us to be creative. I remember she made us memorize some Irish or Scottish poem and present it to the class. It was so hilarious the accents that came outta us. She was also the advisor for the lit club and made me realize how much I loved to write.


  21. uncle jimmy:

    CW..yeah, that sounds right..

    if KK said it, probably had to some kind of either "life's going to kick your ass" or "I'm gonna kick your ass" commentary.. :lol:

    never worked so hard or learned so much while getting my butt kicked than I did with KK.. he never smiled, but I loved the bastid..
    made me work harder than i wanted to..


  22. kuya.d:

    @skycastles - I think Mrs. Pauline Higa was my neighbor in Pearl City. . . glasses, husband was in DOE too?


  23. Kage:

    Mrs. Gail Lum from Leleihua High School. I think she is an administrator at Wahiawa Middle School now.

    She taught Algebra and made it so easy to learn. Gave me my lifelong love of math. Until I hit Calculus in college. Still love math, just only up to calc.


  24. J.P.:

    Inaba Sensei from high school Japanese...I made so much trouble in that class and yet I passed.

    Mr. Vance in middle school. He got me interested in History but i didn't major in it since I didn't feel like teaching it at the time. Maybe I'll go back...who knows??

    Prof. Wittenberg at UH - he taught the easiest classes....EVER!!! (in my opinion)


  25. World Wide Ed:

    * Coconut Willy:
    There was Mr. Ogata tho in the 4th grade. He used to throw erasers and hit us on the head with a rolled up newspaper. This was before we knew we could sue.How's about an un-favorite?

    Bwahahaha! Sounds brutal C Dubbs!

    * Rosette:
    I don't remember..none of them gave me A !

    You don't say Rosey!? ;)

    * che:
    My 7th grade teacher Mrs Ota at Stevenson. She taught math and kept about 12 students after school 2 days a week to teach us pre-algebra in addition to our regular math during the school day. She did this on her own at no charge.

    Props to Mrs. Ota and all other teachers who go the extra mile for their students! Tanks fo sharing cheche!

    * matt:
    Miss Tsuda (who kicked my butt in Math every day, who I thought was really mean, and who I realize now, was a damned good teacher who was probably frustrated with my lack of effort)

    Funny how that works yeah matty? We think they're mean while we're there, but we look back today and remember how great they were...

    * hemajang:
    Mr. Dave Thorne was a favorite teacher of mine. It was art class in high school. He really inspired me to continue doing art throughout my life, getting a BFA and into my profession as a graphic artist.

    Educators have such power and influence on us, it's amazing eh hemmaz? Mahalos to you all!

    * kate:
    Sad but I can't even remember most of my HIGH SCHOOL teachers! Without looking at my yearbook, the only way I can answer your question is by topic...

    LOL! You shoulda busted out the yearbook kate the great! :)

    * frankie:
    Mr. Doran, my high school English teacher. Because of him I majored in English instead of Biology.

    And you still write like that frankers? Pshh, must be Kalani. ;)

    * M:
    My PE teacher in high school, can't remember his name but he was the only teacher that gave me an "A".

    LOL! That will help move teachers up in our rankings eh M?

    * kuya.d:
    My eighth grade teacher helping my eighth graders . . . what's da chances?

    That's awesome dewz. Talk about coming full circle yeah!?

    * uncle jimmy:
    some special moments years later upon meeting the wives of these special guys, often after they'd passed away, and having the chance to say, "your husband changed my life".. most of them were local girls..

    Another awesome story ooj. The wives must've been touched as well!

    * Coconut Willy:
    Dr. Robert Doktor (Dr. Doktor) was pretty cool. He taught International Business I think. Our class went to his house on Hawaii Loa Ridge.

    Niiice! I like those who open themselves up like that. We went to our basketball coach's house for a BBQ once. I still remember that to this day.

    * rayboyjr:
    My favorite teacher(s) was my DAD and a close second was my MOM!!!

    Ooh, good answer juniorboy. I should've thought of that too! Hehe!

    * EMM386:
    Inevitably, she'd make use of me by making me grade her geometry homework papers, as if I was a student aide.

    Sounds like a win-win for her EMMbot! Hehe, nah, that's awesome. There was this one teacher like that for some students at Kaiser, but only for girls (she favored girls). Kinda wish I had a relationship like that, but it was all good in the hood nonetheless. 1st period in my senior year was T.A. for attendance, so I guess that was my hangout in the morning. So cruise!

    * soogs:
    my fave elem teacher was mr date at hongwanji. he scared the bejeezus out of me with his booming voice and his tree trunk forearms. he had a 2' x 4' piece of plywood w/holes in it that read "board of education" on his desk, just in case we got out of line. he explained the holes in the board were there to enable a more foreceful swing as there would be less air resistance. suffice it to say, i wuz good boy in that class!

    Bwahahaha! OMG HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing big bro!

    * skycastles:
    Miss Jodi Tamashiro, Kaleiopuu Elementary School, 4th Grade
    She was super young, just out of UH, and it was her first year of teaching.

    Why does that name sound familiar sky? If you say she's about my age, I'm gonna pout! :P

    * Kage:
    She taught Algebra and made it so easy to learn. Gave me my lifelong love of math. Until I hit Calculus in college. Still love math, just only up to calc.

    LOLOL!

    * J.P.:
    Inaba Sensei from high school Japanese...I made so much trouble in that class and yet I passed.

    Prof. Wittenberg at UH - he taught the easiest classes....EVER!!! (in my opinion)

    LOLOL! These two stories made me think of two other teachers: Mrs. Asada (I caused trouble in her class) and Mr. Choo (duck soup class). Thanks J Pizzle!


  26. mcat:

    wow! i can't believe we all named those many places last week! that's crazy! :)

    mrs sekiguchi from noelani elementary... she was super sweet & very helpful.


  27. snow:

    My favorite teachers:

    Ms. Kawamoto - 6th Grade, Royal Elementary School
    I always had pretty good grades but she was able to instill in me a belief in my abilities that I never had before. I remember doing extra work at home just because I wanted to!

    Mrs. Chung - 10th Grade English, and Mrs. Suzuki - 12th Grade AP Calculus, McKinley High School
    These teachers were tough (I was so intimidated by them!) and I seriously thought I'd flunk these classes!! I had some of my worst grades in these classes but these teachers believed in me and told me I could do it when I doubted myself! I didn't get A's in these classes but I learned so much - not only about the subject matter, but about myself.

    kuya.d - Until I took calculus, I never understood how it felt to not understand math!! I had a real "lightbulb" moment while taking that class... I had no idea what I was doing then all of a sudden... "Wow! Now, I get it!!" Phew.. what a relief!


  28. skycastles:

    @ kuya - I dunno if Mrs. Higa lived in PC, but yeah she had glasses, was really short with short curly hair.

    @ Ed - Nah, I think she's gotta be at least in her 40s now. And she probably got married so I dunno what her married name would be either. She only taught there that one year I think.


  29. kuya.d:

    @skycastles - sounds like...but oh well!