Friday, February 6, 2015

Teachers Past and Present: Part 3


Miss Edith Whitaker
Thankfully, this is the last post about the teachers I have had in my short life. Miss Hall for ages 6 through about 11; Mr. Foster until I was 16, and Miss Edith Whitaker for two terms when I was 13 and attended a young ladies' school in San Francisco. (Those two terms were the longest of my life!)

The minute I laid eyes on this stiff, formal lady, I knew I was in trouble. I thought my Aunt Rebecca was a stickler for etiquette, but Miss Whitaker was ten times worse! And not only during school, either, but even during my "free" time (of which I had very little).

I was always afraid Miss Whitaker would write to my mother if I didn't conduct myself like a proper young lady at all times. She was always worried that some whiff of scandal might invade her precious finishing school, Miss Whitaker's Academy. It almost did during the months I attended the school, when the whole slave-girl issue exploded in her face. I don't think Miss Whitaker ever fully recovered from that episode. All I know is, by the time I left after the spring term I think she was just as eager to see me go as I was to leave!
Mrs. Carter aka Mother

Oops . . . I just remembered one more teacher. I was nine years old, and this particular teacher took over our classroom because Miss Hall sprained her ankle falling down the steps. I thought it was so embarrassing to have my mother as the teacher that I tried hard to get out of school the first day.

I forgot all about being embarrassed when Mother was mistaken for Miss Hall and kidnapped by two outlaws. It was so scary because I came along (since they couldn't let me go. I would have run straight for the sheriff). That story is told in Andi to the Rescue.


One of the outlaws was a Mexican man named Paco. He threw me up on his horse and I was really stuck. But from the corner of my eye I spotted Cory around the schoolhouse. I was pretty sure he'd tell the sheriff what was going on!



9 comments:

  1. A story about Justin as the substitute would be good! :)

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  2. I think, Andi, that you should tell us about those other times when you had Justin or your mother as your teacher. I'm sure it would be interesting. :)

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  3. I think both stories would be fun! It's cool to see Andi doing posts like this again. They are always fun!

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  4. Nice picture of your temporary teacher!

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  5. Yes, yes! Write about it, Andi! And I agree with Lydia! I'm glad that you (Andi) are writing posts like these again!

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    1. Oh, dear! The pressure rises. :-)
      So many things to write about. So little time!

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  6. I like that your posting about yourself again, its been a while. Mrs. Whitaker doesn't look strict but I bet she is. Is Justin strict?

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  7. Wow, I'd love to hear about what happened when Justin taught.
    Will you still consider writing about it?

    -Sadie S.

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