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Teacher Appreciation: My Third Grandma

Joined: 1/10/2015
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I have had many teachers over the course of my life, but most of them have unfortunately had a negative impact on me. Though I have always been a good student, I also have a different way of learning and problems with paying attention. Most teachers write me off as strange or disruptive and never take the time to understand me. This is why my piano teacher, Mrs. Hadduck, has always been my favorite. She was the second of five piano teachers I had between first grade and my junior year of college. I met her in third grade and she taught me all the way through my high school senior year. Not only was she very kind, smart, and patient, she became like a third grandmother to me and my two younger brothers, who also took lessons from her.

Mrs. Hadduck cared about all of the students she allowed into her home for lessons. She always wanted to know what was going on in our lives and actually cared enough to remember the things we told her. We always got cards as well as candy or gifts on our birthdays and most holidays. Each of our piano lessons was tailored to our specific learning style and experience level. If she found that we preferred a certain composer or a certain kind of piece, she would be sure to assign more of what we liked. I had awful stage fright so this especially helped when it came time for the annual piano recital. In my teenage years, I developed such anxiety over playing in front of people that I would go blank over pieces that I had been practicing for months and had memorized backward and forward. I know Mrs. Hadduck was always disappointed when all of my hard work did not show through during performances, but she always worked with me to help me do better the next time.

After I graduated high school, Mrs. Hadduck was no longer my piano teacher, but she assured me that I was always welcome to call her or come by for a visit. I took her up on that last offer a few times and she was always patient about my sudden intrusion on her day. It is embarrassing now to remember my lack of social etiquette, but she never complained about it. I particularly remember visiting her one summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college. There were many changes going on in my life and I felt really sad and lost. Talking to her always made me feel better and I left feeling more at ease about the uncertainties in my life. My contact with her dwindled throughout my college years and into my adult life, but I still think about her very often. The love she gave me for playing the piano is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
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Comment by Ruth Beck

Joined: 7/2/2019
Posts: 1
I, too, for a long time wanted the teacher to appreciate me. It was really important to me.
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 2:08:25 PM
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