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Teacher Appreciation: Bring it Into the Light

Joined: 5/18/2015
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As an overly ambitious incoming freshman, Honors English 9 was simply another class to ace and bump my GPA. Coming in I expected to be taught by some archaic professor, who would read Shakespeare in such a monotonous tone that I would be digging my nails into my palms in bordom-induced agony just waiting for the bell to ring so I could happily skip off to lunch. However after 10 minutes into my first period of Honors English 9, I realized that my teacher was lively, energetic, and engaging. She was anything but mundane.

What struck me about Katie Isaacs was that from the first day of class, she was emotionally invested she was in the stories she taught us. She shared her angry disapproval for Romeo and Juliet’s inappropriate relationship, and her devastation as she read through the account of Simon’s tragic death.

I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career in the STEM field. I am ashamed to admit that coming into high school, I felt contemptuous towards those who choose to pursue a field relating to the humanities. After all, why would I waste my time studying dusty books when I could be curing cancer, saving the environment, or building a better computer? At the end of my freshman year, it was abundantly clear why.

What impressed me the most about Miss Isaacs was how she let the works of literature she read change her, and how she tried to allow them to change us. I remember one lesson she taught us from Frankenstein that I have not forgotten to this day. She told us to bring our problems into the light. Victor Frankenstein didn’t, and it resulted in an every present feeling of peril and distress over what his monstrous creation would do to him or his family. Even as his brother is killed and someone is falsely executed for his murder, he does not fess up to what he created. Victor let his secret fester inside of him and drive him insane. Not bringing his problem into the light resulted in the death of his wife and his dad. Miss Isaacs told us this is why if you have a problem, bring it into the light.

As I sat in my last Honors English 9 class with Miss Isaacs at the end of freshman year, I began to feel hot tears streaming down my face as I realized that the way the year would have gone if Miss Isaacs did not teach me to bring things into the light. The outcomes of the trials I faced freshman year would have been much different if I had not read Frankenstein, and learned that giving up my stoic attitude is necessary for my well being and for others. I had, as Miss Isaacs did, allowed literature to change me. My contempt for the humanities faded as I realized that art gives meaning to the data science provides, and that intellect without values is foolishness.
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