A teacher remembered for her encouragement
One MCHS grad has shared these thoughts:
“… lots of buzz [in recent emails] about the teachers at MCHS during the early 60s. When I look back, most were excellent, dedicated, and kind. Mrs Lamet was the teacher who encouraged me the most in terms of my writing skills, etc. Interestingly, my husband, who was an administrator at the PSBGM, had the occasion to meet Mrs Lamet at the school board offices a few times. She was the English Consultant for a while. He told her how much I appreciated her encouragement so many years ago. I was thrilled that she remembered me and I was happy that at least one of my teachers found out how much I valued her help.
Joys and stresses of teaching
Another MCHS grad has written:
“… some of the foregoing [email messages], about teachers collapsing under the stress of teaching us, suggests that we might have been pretty rough to teach, though not really. Most of our teachers knew they were dealing with big kids crossing over to young adults, with all that entails by way of management. Most of them had the persona to command
the respect needed to deal with it, though a few did not.
“A teacher’s persona could be authoritative in the case of Mr. Lewis (our 11B chemistry teacher), deeply knowledgable (Mr. Hanna on Canadian history), rebelliously insightful (Mr. Edelstein), or downright scary (M. Lafon for 10 & 11 French).
“Sometimes they would surprise us with the unexpected, such as the time that M. Lafon gave us a two hour talk on Napoleon Bonaparte because his field of interest was history, though I suspect he was something of a fan as well. Then there was the time at the end of French class when M. Lafon cast a penetrating look on us, as if about to cast judgement on us, and said ‘Tell me something people (he always called us people); how come you never call me frog?’. The whole class dissolved in laughter over that one. He had a sense of humour after all. Until then we never knew, but we still knew better than to test it further.”
Parents who made a difference
Another comment that has been shared:
“They lived across the street from us on Boul St-Germain. They were great neighbours. His father … played the bagpipes, taught some of us how to bat and drove us to scout meetings. I think he drove a Ford Falcon station wagon, and at one point, one of the first Ford Mustangs. His mother … was also very kind, and made all the neighbourhood kids feel welcome in their finished basement.”
The teacher headshots on this page are of different sizes because the headshots were of different sizes in the yearbooks. The 1962-63 yearbook – the source of the photo of Mrs. Lamet – had the teacher headshots smaller than the ones for students. For the 1963-64 annual – the source of our scan of Mr. Lafon – the teacher headshots were larger than the ones for students. I haven’t figured out how to scale such photos in WordPress, in order to make them the same size.
Cheryl Vince’s favourite teachers
In a comment (see below), Cheryl Vince (MCHS 64) has mentioned her favourite teachers. I’ve posted their photos below. I much enjoyed the comment – I didn’t know, for example, that Mr. Talbot taught English or that Mrs. Schlutz drove an impressive convertible.