Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I learned tonight from a high school friend that one of my favorite teachers, Jerry Trotter, has passed away.

I don't have a lot to say about the man himself, and I wish I had more. I wish I knew him better. As it was, I had him for only a couple of classes in high school. He was one of the few teachers I wish I'd had for more.

I'd just like to say that it is a valuable, valuable man who refrains from chastising a kid because he thinks differently, and instead challenges him to do just that. Patient. Stoic. Thoughtful. Funny. He was the best history teacher I ran across, and one of the teachers who I can honestly say taught me how to think, rather than just threw facts at me.

Thanks, sir. Many, many thanks.

Update, here's the Daily Post Athenian's Obituary.


Blogger Erica said...

That's sweet of you...he sounded like a sweet guy. Rest peacefully, Mr. Trotter.

I just found out a few months ago that my guidance counselor from high school died about a year and a half ago...she straightened my ass out so many times...I'd come into school drunk and all manner of effed up, and she knew better than anyone how to "reach" me, rather than discipline me. I owe her so much.

It's nice that we remember the unsung heroes who helped us along the way.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

There are few real teachers in the world. He sounds like he was one of them. May he rest in peace.

9:39 AM  

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