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!


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

  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. :)

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

  4. Nice picture of your temporary teacher!

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

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

  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?

  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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