IN A PREVIOUS issue of The Connection, we
posed these questions: Who was your favourite
teacher? And why? We're featuring two of our
favourite teacher stories here. Best wishes to
all students and teachers in this coming school
MISS DAG was my
grade-two teacher back
in the mid '70s. I'm sure
she has no idea how
so many moments of
kindness she showed
me impacted my life.
Miss Dag always
wore a locket. I remem
ber her leaning over during circle time,
and being mesmerized watching hero
locket dangle back and forth. I reached
up and closed the locket; she stopped
looked me in the eye, patted my cheek and
said, "Thank you." To most this may seem
trivial; however, growing up in a dysfunc
tional home with an absent father and
a stepmother who showed nothing but
bitterness, it was huge for me. That day I
realized that I was worthy of kindness and
My husband gave me a gold locket
after the birth of our son. The clasp never
worked, so the locket always opened.
husband wanted to return it to the jewel
I AM WRITING to tell you about Lyn Above left: Joani Herron is fourth from the
Hancock, long-time author and inspira- right in the back row Lyn Hancock is standing ler to be repaired; however, Ididn't wantit
tional speaker and once upon a time my
grade-six teacher. I turn 61 this year, and
Lyn is 80. I was 11 years old when I became time schools didn't assess the needs of peo- for her gentle touch, her kind voice
one of the fortunate kids who got achance ple like me, a very dyslexic and awkward the fact she made me feel cared about.
to raise a baby gibbon, Gypsy, in Lyn's southpaw who struggled in the traditional
classroom-a classroom where we were classroom.Lyn grewup and got herteach
surrounded by a menagerie of animals that ing degree in Australia, where there was Teacher: Miss Dag
would later be featured in some ofher best a hands-on approach to learning, provid- School: Chester Elementary School, Toronto
loved books, beginning with There's a Seal ing the perfect environment for bringing
repaired.I feltit was that way forareason.
Hancock on Canada Day 2017.
And Herron and Hancock on Canada Day 2017
I will be forever grateful to Miss D
Student: Jennifer Schulman
out my true, yet often hidden, abilities.
As a writer, broadcaster and film
My fellow students and I had the oppor
maker, I candraw alinedirectly backtothat tunity to care for Gypsy whilegraphingher
experience when it comes tosetting mylife progress and finding inspiration when it
on a trajectory that is commensurate with came to reports and, in my case, writing.
my gifts and talents. Monterey School is in The book that Iwrote as agrade-six student
the heart of Oak Bay-behind the tweed became the basis for An Ape Came Out of
curtain, as they used to say-and was quite My Hatbox, which she wrote a decade later.
unaccustomed to people like Lyn. At that Since then I have had the opportunity to
get to know Lyn as a dear friend and con
tinue tohelp her with new technologies and
media. She, in return, teaches me how to
paddle a kayak and treats me to her favour
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ite eagle-spotting waters.
Student: Joani Herron
Teacher: Lyn Hancock
School: Monterey Middle School,
Right Miss Dag.
Oak Bay, British Columbia
The Costco Connection JULY/AUGUST 2018