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Thank You!

Thank You!I was just reading a post by fellow #oklaed blogger, Mindy Dennison, and was reminded of a blog that I have been thinking about writing for quite some time.

Its a thank you to the lady that set me on the path that I has led me to where I am.  My parents of course are super important, without all of the encouragement from them, well…who knows.

As teachers we can all think back to that one teacher, the one who inspired us.  The teacher that was always encouraging us to do our best.  The one who fussed at us when we halfway worked on an assignment.  The one who celebrated with us when amazing things happened.  The one who asked how it was going – and really wanted to know.  That teacher.  The one we all hope to be for all of our students.

Lu Ireton – THANK YOU!

I first had Mrs. Ireton as a sophomore in an Algebra 2 course.  I don’t recall anything that stands out too much from this year, but it was the beginning.   I was never that great at math, but in high school I came into my own – Carolyn Henke was pretty brilliant and Charles Crooks was about more than basketball (they both spoke into my life tons) – but Mrs. Ireton pulled me into her love of math.

My junior year I had Mrs. Ireton again, this time as a math analysis teacher.  Two years in a row – we were able to get to know each other better.  We had some history by now…But as it turned out, I loved this class!  In fact my most favorite unit of math to teach traces its roots back to this class – Trigonometric Identities!  Man I love those things!  We built these circle cards and wrote down all of the trig identities, simple graphs, some equalities to use…These cards were brilliant, I used mine all through the rest of high school and on into college until I accidentally sold it back to the book store in a book.  There was legitimate depression for weeks over this oversight….I loved this circle card so much, I used it when I taught my students trigonometry all of these many years later!

Senior year – Calculus – with Mrs. Ireton.  This class.  It was like living the dream most days.  I know people arch an eyebrow over calculus.  It makes for awkward introductions: Hi what do you do? High school calculus teacher! Oh…..Mrs. Ireton had such passion for this course, it was contagious and I loved every minute.  We formed such a bond with her, that our class pitched in some money and we bought her roses.  We left class to take our senior picture, and after pictures we handed the roses out.  When we got back to class, we went in single file, the first student handed her a vase and the next 24 gave her a rose.

She was brilliant and she loved us.  She is why I love Calculus and Trig.  She is why I became a math teacher.

I want to say: Thank You Mrs. Ireton for all that you did – you made an impact and had no idea!  Thank you for working so hard for us!  Thank You for speaking into the lives of young people for so many years!  Thank You!  Thank You!!  Thank You!!!

Have a teacher who impacted you??  Say thank you in the comments below…


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


4 thoughts on “Thank You!

  1. Aggie Lynch! English 3 and English 4. She inspired me to find my voice, to look moe deeply into the books I loved, and to find myself as a teacher. AND she totally caught me trying to bs my way through a book report on TESS when I hadn’t finished the book…

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by claudiaswisher | April 26, 2015, 5:22 pm
  2. That’s so tough because I had dozens of teachers who inspired me. I understand your bond because I also have my students for multiple years! It is a huge blessing!
    I would probably say my music teachers, Rick Williams (1st-9th) and Lori Park (10th-12th) who still mentor me today! I saw Lori just last Friday.
    Also, Liz Butcher (APGov), Connye Griffin (APLit), Kim Pennington (world history), Nancy Yaffe (7th English), Jill Dudley (8th & 9th math), Steve Gorton (5th/6th grade), Gaye Gregg (5th/6th), Jan Bonds (2nd), and Karen McCornack (Kindergarten).
    Too many to name. I really had an all star team of teachers in Moore!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by mindydenn | April 26, 2015, 6:18 pm

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