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Date/Time: 6/22/2003 8:29:45 AM (ET)

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

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  • Posted by Jim Rudnick on 5/23/2007 3:53:37 AM (ET)
    Jake wins for me, hands down! Er...Bob was cool too....

  • Posted by Stephanie Ouwehand on 5/22/2007 6:41:19 AM (ET)
    too many to name... mr spree, mr mlekus, mrs little, mr gallo ...very good people and great teachers... mr henderson made chemistry interesting.. :)

  • Posted by eleanor jodway on 5/21/2007 1:35:50 AM (ET)
    By far Mrs.Crouse!!! The best english teacher that I ever had! Mr.Hall and Mr Golych ran close seconds!

  • Posted by Rick Vanderwal on 5/26/2006 12:23:06 PM (ET)
    Hmmmmm, so many over so many years. I enjoyed Mr. Oikawa in auto mechanics. mr. Hall was definitely strict but you knew where you stood with him and I really respected him. Mr. McKnight was always fun in math. Mr. Rhodes was someone we got a kick out of but he took his electronics class very seriously and I learned a lot from him at the time. Mr. Anthony was a blast: remember the euchre tournaments in his room during lunch hour...every day for a whole year? Mr. Birch was fun for geography! So many memories of so many enjoyable teachers! Good question!

  • Posted by Monica Danila on 5/25/2006 6:36:27 AM (ET)
    I loved Mr. Moll's Civilizations class back grade 10, he was so full of knowledge I just wanted to suck him dry he knew so many neat things....also Mr. Smith was really funny, i was there when he first arrived.....Mr. Spree made me fall in love with English and Romeo and Juliet...hmmm....i really liked Mr. Harte the VP when I was there....he was such a gentleman :o)

  • Posted by Lillian Duvall on 5/16/2006 9:43:20 AM (ET)
    Mr. Casey was my favorite

  • Posted by Lisa Haas on 5/2/2006 7:57:33 AM (ET)
    I would have to say that Mr. Golych, Miss Jewell and Mr. Allison would be my fave teachers! I had great experiences with all fo these teachers and I would have to thank them all for this!

  • Posted by Anonymous on 4/22/2006 5:50:44 AM (ET)
    OK, for those of us there in the early 80's there were a number of favourites...Mrs. McKay, Hallsy (RIP), Mr. Chiarot, Mr. Bradnam, Mr. Hager, Mr. Madden...the list goes on, but it's no surprise to me to see some names missing...anybody remember Mr. Martel?

  • Posted by Marsha Zagorac on 4/14/2006 10:36:19 AM (ET)
    Well it certainly wasn't Mr. Kay. Hope he remembers how he used to belittle the women in the classroom. Hope he got over his syndrome!

  • Posted by Michelle Pickett on 4/13/2006 10:29:44 AM (ET)
    Mrs. Dreossi was definitely a favourite of mine. She took the time to get to know you and was always available for help and never, never, made you feel insignificant. She even appreciated a sense of humour from her students. She cared.

  • Posted by Jim Nicholl on 1/12/2006 6:12:15 AM (ET)
    just stumbled across this web site and saw the name Bruce Hall mentioned, I never had him as a teacher but there was no one who helped me more thru school than him. After my father died he became my personal mentor. thank you Mr Hall somehow you will see this.

  • Posted by Michael Wright on 1/9/2006 12:02:01 PM (ET)
    I would have to say that there were two favourite teachers of mine. They both greatly influenced during my years at Westdale. So it's a tie. Firstly, Mr. Dave Fraser, our geography teacher who gave me an interest in the field of geography such that it has been my chosen career for the past 35 years. I eventually became a land use planner which is a direct corrleation to geography. Secondly, for those who participated in track and field and x-country in the 1960's and experienced the six years of city championships (track & field) which culminated in the OFSAA championship in 1966 and certainly inspired Mr. Bob Chapman with his teams in the late 1960's, Mr. Jack Sibbald was my best coach. For all of you alumni out there, Chris van Straten tracked down Jack and Barbara and there was a mini-reunion in late August. More is planner in 2006 as we would like to find more of those track alumni and their families for a gathering. Of course, the 75th school anniversary would be a great time to reconnect with Jack and all you team-mates as well as you lady alumnae (Mr. Al van Fleet and Ms. Heather Gough wherever you are). Best of 2006 for all Westdale alumnae.

  • Posted by James Fraser on 1/8/2006 9:21:10 AM (ET)
    The late Bruce Hall as a coach and mentor, Bob McVean for teaching me to tolerate and succeed at math, Nora Bruce for instilling a love for reading and Herb Inman for teaching me to think and challenge the norm Jim Fraser 63-68

  • Posted by Alicia Stergulc on 12/27/2005 6:57:50 AM (ET)
    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Shaker, for grade 10 family studies and 11 & 12 Peer Helper...she loved those kids and her students....she is the greatest!

  • Posted by Shawn McCarthy on 12/8/2005 10:55:55 AM (ET)
    Without a doubt Mr Hall! That man actually cared about your future and would always go to bat for you. He was a positive influence in my life.

  • Posted by Jim Selman on 12/2/2005 8:27:45 AM (ET)
    Mr doubt..any man who can tell a story of stringing ducks with a piece of fat on a string with a straight face is ok by me...

  • Posted by Timothy Steele on 11/30/2005 1:39:55 AM (ET)
    No doubt it was Miss Fitzpatrick....late 50's early 60's. Remember her blackboard...."Time will pass will you?" Also Glen Sonmor who went on to coach the Minnisota North Stars.

  • Posted by Anonymous on 9/28/2005 3:35:53 AM (ET)
    can't believe no one has mentioned the coolest teacher to grace those hallowed halls, Mike Flynn. Sweet ride, sweeter wardrobe, all rock 'n roll and comedy, with enough math thrown in for some of it to actually stick. Flynn was the sh*t.

  • Posted by Sheryl Popp on 9/16/2005 6:44:12 AM (ET)
    Definitely Mr Ferries. Had him for a couple of accounting classes, and he pretty much let us do our own thing. Goofed off quite a bit, but still got good grades, and eventually he even got in on the jokes. Made going to class fun. Never did jump outta that cake though right?? haha

  • Posted by Janine Bloom on 9/15/2005 1:52:20 AM (ET)
    I had many teachers that I remember for different reasons, but I can't say that I had a favorite. It took me 3 years to get a passing grade in grade 9 history, but Mr Moll somehow made it easier to learn, I passed grade 9 history while in grade 11, it was bad enough that my little sister was in the same class doing it for the first time, I wasn't going to fail it again with her there to laugh hard. Ms. Gaugliano x2, Mr Coombes, and Mrs Bowman weren't favorites either, but they helped me along as much as they could through all 4 manditory years of english classes, I was never very good in english, go figure it's my first language too. lol I skipped Mr Nunn's class for the simple reason that he was about 3-4 years my senior(in my last year), he was cute, and I couldn't take someone that close to my age seriously as a teacher. Miss Moffatt was cool, plain and simple, I had her for 10 science and in repeating 11 biology. I had a love of building and woodworking so naturely I was drawn to Mr Mlekuz(my spelling might be bad). He was just an all round fun guy to learn from, most of the time. Also beacuse of him I now find a lot of problems with the house we are renting and also with our previous house too. My father passed away without warning 2 weeks before I started grade 12, my grades didn't matter anymore, my health went down, my teachers got frusterated with me, but once they all knew what was going on, they were all trying to give me the time I needed or an extension if I really needed it. I don't know if I ever told them, but I really appreciated it. I can't go through and name each teacher I had that year because I simply don't remember them all, but I do thank you all for trying to help.

  • Posted by Dave Woodard on 9/13/2005 1:25:33 AM (ET)
    This is going to sound strange..but Mr. McClellan. I barely ever passed his classes..but I learned the most from him...I was probably the only person to actually liek his odd sense of humour

  • Posted by Cindy Ellis on 9/9/2005 10:55:26 AM (ET)
    Mr. Szkwara. I really think he truly cared. Best teacher ever.

  • Posted by Erich Schmidt on 9/2/2005 2:23:13 AM (ET)
    Life itself. Ya, just kidding. What about Mr. Hager? He was always fair, open and easy to approach. I never really "talked" to any of my teachers, but he sticks out for me.

  • Posted by danny fairman on 8/29/2005 10:40:00 AM (ET)
    mr hall hands down he was my wrestling coach since i was in grade 7 so i spent alot of time with him a good and honest man but tough

  • Posted by John Makadi on 8/17/2005 5:54:05 AM (ET)
    Definitely - Mr. Hall. "Don't let schooling interfere with your education." - Mark Twain. I also recall my math teachers fondly - Mr. KcKnight and Mr. McKay. They were young and cool, and made math fun. I can say all gave me the love of learning which led to my life career. - JM '76

  • Posted by Anonymous on 8/15/2005 8:42:58 AM (ET)
    There was Miss Lewington Mrs Mearns and Miss Bruce and Miss Gough

  • Posted by Theresa (Terry) Blanken on 8/13/2005 10:04:43 AM (ET)
    Hi Pat! No, not Ms. Smith and yes she did teach at Westdale. I think her name may have been Lewington?? Ring a bell with anyone?

  • Posted by Patrick (Pat) Bastedo on 8/13/2005 2:38:23 AM (ET)
    I think it might have been cecilia Carter smith. Didn't she teach there briefly?? Pat

  • Posted by Theresa (Terry) Blanken on 8/12/2005 7:28:23 AM (ET)
    Had quite a few good ones, Mr. Gerth, Miss Guagliano, Mrs. Hunter, Mr. Ruddle. My absolute favourite was the guy everyone hated, Mr. Henderson(french). He really encouraged me and definitely influenced my education path and ultimately my career choice too! Who was the Girls Phys-ed teacher who ran in the Olympics in the 60's? She taught with Miss Gough. Can't remember her name but she was awesome too.

  • Posted by Norm Van Bergen on 8/9/2005 8:59:54 AM (ET)
    Wow - there were so many good ones. Let's see... Mr. Rhodes: I spent at least 6 semesters with him taking electronics, and loved it all. A great teacher who spent a great deal of his time at the respected Radio College of Canada. I think he also work on RADAR systems with the Canadian Military as well. He was articulate, fair, and always wore a suite . One semester there were only 6 or 8 of us in one of his advanced classes, so he wrote the entire course as student-driven and we tought ourselves in a small room across the hall while he taught a much larger, younger class at the same time. Great guy to whom I owe a lot. Miss Moule: I miss her still. Great chemistry teacher and a wonderful person. I was so sad when she died. Lorne Evans: This guy forever changed my percpetion of what a teacher could and should be. I hated French when my mother forced me to take it anyway in Grade 9, and he turned me around 100%. I loved it, and to be honest, loved him too I guess. He and I kidded around, insulted each other good naturedly, and he taught us all a lot about having fun when learning. Fantastic man who really cared about what he did and the students he taught. Mrs. Quinn: Thank you for being so patient with a below-average student and helping me feel better about that, despite the two jerks I sat beside in class who loved to stop playing the difficult sections of music so everyone could hear me fumble through it. Bitter, naw.... Seriously though, thanks Bonnie - I really liked you for that. Debbie DesRoches: She wasn't a teacher, but a staff member who ran the library. You might have thought Mr. Tyson (Dewey) ran the show, but he was the figurehead. Debbie did 90% of the work and became a great friend to me. Thanks for giving me a place to hide from Tiffanny during lunch hour!

  • Posted by Gord Provo on 7/28/2005 2:59:04 AM (ET)
    thanks alana for the teacher name and info on Mr Hall.

  • Posted by Alana Lauritzen on 7/25/2005 8:22:27 AM (ET)
    Hi Gord... The art teacher you are speaking of is Mr. Golych... I never had him, I just looked in my year book... As for Hallsy, he has been gone a few years now... You knew Hallsy, he liked to life large and it finally caught up to him... I did not attend the funeral, but I know most of the Sr. boys from 87, 88, 89 did... Andrew, the guy that runs this site, may be able to answer better, so drop him a line... hope this all helps. Alana (Taylor aka Tina Turner)

  • Posted by Carrie Beale on 7/19/2005 12:12:57 PM (ET) favourite...I miss Mr. Cunningham and think of him every July. I don't have one favourite! So here's a list: Mr. Dayler, Mrs. McVittie, Mrs. Swan, Mrs. Mc Carthy, Mrs. Mc Leod wow the list goes on! No wonder Westdale is such a great school! Carrie Class of 93-94

  • Posted by Gord Provo on 7/15/2005 11:33:14 AM (ET)
    Hallsy for all the reasons stated above. From reading above am i to believe he is no longer with us? If so i am deeply saddened. If anyone could tell me the details i would appreciate it. I had an art teacher, cant remember name, in grade 9 (1986), he was a great teacher, bit of a big guy curly hair, definetly a love hate relationship between us.

  • Posted by Suresh Daljeet on 6/17/2005 10:24:20 AM (ET)
    Mr. Madden. I enjoyed his classes and he was a great volleyball coach.

  • Posted by Dave Albright on 6/9/2005 5:47:06 AM (ET)
    This is a fun one - Hallsy was certainly one of the greatest and toughest teachers I ever had. I agree, he taught you about life first and high school stuff later. Mrs Buscombe gave a techie like me an appreciation for canadian art that I enjoy to this day! Mrs Krause was fantastic in English, but what about those two great technical guys, Mr Rhodes and Mr Anthony!!! Great teachers and all had an amazing impact on my life - thank you!

  • Posted by Alana Lauritzen on 5/25/2005 12:29:06 PM (ET)
    Man, this was way tooo hard to just pick one... Eslary, the Great White Bear, was fun... Szkwara, the coolest man in the world, was a blast... Daylor, the crazy man, was always good for a laugh... and Ms. Moule, the Lady with the coloured chalk, Ms. Moule will be missed and will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  • Posted by Peter Timusk on 5/24/2005 10:54:04 AM (ET)
    Mr Hall was a good guy very friendly yet tough. Mr McKay was also good but looking back on him I am not sure he was really anything good but that may be a math snob view. Mr Fulton was cool but unfair. I want to meantion my best teacher was actually at HCI in 1977 Mrs. Mole the Chemistry teacher.

  • Posted by Joe Gattozzi on 5/23/2005 1:07:44 AM (ET)
    My Favourite teacher by far was Wayne Allison for building construction That guy was just like one of the boys

  • Posted by Pamela McAuley on 5/20/2005 4:12:59 AM (ET)
    I think I can speak for a number of students who attended Westdale during 1976-1980 when I say that Mr. Craig Moore, the marketing teacher would win the contest hands down. Mr. Moore had a way of relating to the students that made each and every individual feel important. He took us on meaningful field trips (like Honest Ed's in Toronto) and gave us hands on experience by letting us manage the school store "Mark ll". I learned marketing principles in Mr. Moore's class that I heard again in college and still use in my career today. I ran into Mr. Moore years later at a marketing function in Toronto and I told him what a great impact he had on not only myself, but many of us. Of course with his sense of humour he apologized and made some remark about "not meaning to mess us all up". Mr. Moore was very effective at motivating his students and most definitely was my favourite teacher.

  • Posted by Dana Cowie on 5/14/2005 8:51:20 AM (ET)

  • Posted by Dave Prince on 4/25/2005 9:12:55 AM (ET)
    Never had him as a teacher only as a football coach Mr. Crawford

  • Posted by Dave Snively on 1/14/2005 9:50:30 AM (ET)
    Favourite teacher for me has to be Mr. Barnes who taught the business classes... Mr. Hall was up there as well... he gave you the freedom to make your own choices and left you to hang in the wind (like his lunch bag out the window!) when your choices turned out to be the wrong ones... Very practical life lessons - no one is going to save you but yourself...

  • Posted by John McCaffery on 1/3/2005 11:08:08 AM (ET)
    My vote would have to go to Mr. Hall even though I only had him for about one semester in grade 11 math, 1971. He managed to change my attitude and give me confidence during a very short meeting, that has helped me to this day.

  • Posted by Anonymous on 1/1/2005 4:53:23 AM (ET)
    Believe it or not it was Mr. Borges (English 1974 to 1976). We used to see him in Paddy Green's when we were skipping classes and he was always friendly (and never reported us). He told great stories about growing up in India too!

  • Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2004 9:49:48 AM (ET)
    Mr. Black!!! Mrs. Quinn and Mr. Black were my favourite teachers at Westdale. (the only class I didn't skip!) I saw Mrs. Quinn last year at the grade 9 enrollment night!!!! She looks fantastic! Mr. Black was a big teddy bear if you ask me! Back in our days, Westdale music program was the best!! (how are we doing nowadays!?) I remember playing in the Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto. Are there any musicians out there now who were in the band or orchestra at Westdale!? I have such fond memories of music class with both teachers and performing in the band and orchestra, especially at Christmas time!

  • Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2004 11:25:19 AM (ET)
    Hey, who remembers who the other music teacher was in 2002/2003? There was Bonnie Quinn and... ?

  • Posted by Don Bensette on 12/9/2004 11:52:23 AM (ET)
    Mr. Hall by far. When I look back at my time at Westdale he was the teacher that influenced me the most. Truly a great teacher of life. We miss you Hallsy!!

  • Posted by Joe Coleman on 12/6/2004 4:39:46 AM (ET)
    Mr. Moll, his class was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I only wish to be as good a teacher as him in history.

  • Posted by unknown user on 11/21/2004 2:29:22 AM (ET)
    I think Westdale was really blessed with Mme. N. Dreossi, Mr. D. McKay, Mrs. Z. Miller. Mr. R. St.John and Mr. R. Moll. I never had any affinity for the younger teachers! I can't even say who the best one is. They were all amazing and defined my time at Westdale.

  • Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2004 8:52:55 AM (ET)
    Mr Queck was my favorite teacher because he appreciated his students for the people that they were and didn't judge you solely on how well you did in his class.

  • Posted by Ben Malone on 4/30/2004 1:12:30 AM (ET)
    Mr. McKay was an awesome math teacher and helped me with Calc when more of my hours went to crew work. Mr. Dayler was terrific all around with out of class sears business as well as out of school show work, and was also a great English teacher. Mr. Banham was an amazing mentor and shop teacher who started me off greatly in grade 9. How can I ever forget Mr. Bucci too!

  • Posted by Cheri Adams on 4/16/2004 11:49:57 AM (ET)
    My heart belongs to Mrs. McKay. Two years in a row - I loved her! And Mr. Gerth. But that was more of a love-hate relationship.

  • Posted by Kathy alcock on 11/11/2003 7:18:40 AM (ET)
    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Lebow. When I was in grade 10, my Mother passed away. Mrs. Lebow was always there for me to help me through. I remember one day (I was having a really bad day) I accidently called her 'Mom', when I was trying to get her attention. She invited me to have a tea in the 'art staff room'. We sat and talked the whole class! She really helped me get through the difficult days!! I don't think she even knew how grateful I was to have her to talk to, & to have her as my art teacher (for 3 years) I would also like her to know, that if it wern't for her...I'm sure I would have never attended any classes (she always knew where I was hiding..ha ha) Seriously...I am truly thankful...THANK YOU Mrs. Lebow for being there to help me through a very difficult time! Kathy (Cox)

  • Posted by on 7/7/2003 8:38:01 AM (ET)
    The best teacher was experience!

  • Posted by on 7/6/2003 8:19:09 AM (ET)
    Mr. Shlechta, of course. I just wish I remembered how to spell his name.

  • Posted by on 6/30/2003 12:55:06 PM (ET)
    Mrs. Hunter. The best English teacher ever. Got me hooked on books

  • Posted by on 6/28/2003 1:31:33 AM (ET)
    Savelli was terrific, no doubt. Learning from Kropp was a great experience. But the best teacher was probably Eslary... Bill, (1989-1993)

  • Posted by on 6/27/2003 11:19:16 AM (ET)
    Music teacher Brydon Roberts! He used to spring for milkshakes at the DQ for band members!

  • Posted by on 6/26/2003 4:29:28 AM (ET)
    Miss Karry (1989, English for only one year), Mr. Savelli, Mr. Oikawa, Mrs. Rikic-McCarthy and of course Mlle. Gionet.

  • Posted by on 6/23/2003 10:18:58 AM (ET)
    I'ts a tie between two, Mr. Daylor and Mr. Ruddle.I was lucky to have them both for two different years. Mrs Jones and Mr. Pearce run a pretty close second in my books, their classes were always interesting!

  • Posted by on 6/23/2003 9:22:52 AM (ET)

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