Master Teacher Gets a Standing Ovation
My favorite English teacher, Frank Dippery, retired after 51 years of teaching last week. Mr. Dippery was a teacher unlike any other. (I blogged a bit about him in 2008. Click here to learn a little bit more about his teaching style.) He was the teacher whose class you looked forward to every day since he had a great sense of humor. He kept us entertained while we worked our way through some of the great books like 1984, Animal Farm, and Our Town. He pushed us to think critically and to do our very best when we wrote papers for him. My vocabulary also flourished due to Mr. Dippery’s persistent focus on vocabulary instruction.
In addition to being an excellent English teacher, Mr. Dippery was my adviser. He provided me with guidance when I picked high school electives. He wrote many of my college recommendations and then served as a sounding board once I was accepted to most of my top choices.
Teachers like Mr. Dippery don’t come around often, but they’re out there. Maybe that’s why 700+ people gave him a standing ovation after he taught his last English class last week. (Click here to take a look at the photos.) As someone who was fortunate enough to have him as a teacher, the pictures brought teachers to my eyes. You may not know Mr. Dippery, but his storied career is one worth sharing. I guess that’s why the Trenton Times, which is one of the local papers near my high school, chose to feature Mr. Dippery’s retirement on the front page of the paper this past Sunday.
How has your school sent-off some of its great retiring teachers this year or in year’s past? Please share a bit by leaving a comment.