Who were the best teachers at MHS (19...

Who were the best teachers at MHS (1950-1970)?

Created by sueanne on Jan 27, 2009

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Betty Chappell

Angeline White

Elizabeth Paluso

Ellen Burgess

Lewanna Sanders

Dorothy Bailey

Aileen Amburgey

Fannie Waller

Willa Zones

Laura Hinchman

Not True

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#21 Apr 10, 2009
janices daddy wrote:
A few of the ones listed even taught me. Elizabeth Paluso (White back then) taught typing and her sister taught social studies Mrs Burgess and Miss Hinchman taught English. They were great teachers. The only loser in the bunch was Mrs. Bailey, whose only purpose was to fail kids and make them feel stupid.
I guess teachers affect different students in different ways. Mrs. Bailey was a stickler for detail and could be very tough on students, but it was all well deserved. I got my lowest grades in school from her, but I learned more from her than anyone. I have achieved success in my career working in Public Relations and Marketing and I know that I owe so much of that to Mrs. Bailey. Her ability to push me hard and teach me all that she did has been invaluable in my career. Though she was tough, I learned so much from her and will always be very grateful for the experience.
bbb

Charleston, WV

#22 Apr 11, 2009
I had most of the teachers listed and Angeline White was the top of the list. She cared for each and everyone of us. I still use some of the techniques she taught us in home ec.
Coal Miners Daughter

Dyersburg, TN

#23 Apr 11, 2009
bbb wrote:
I had most of the teachers listed and Angeline White was the top of the list. She cared for each and everyone of us. I still use some of the techniques she taught us in home ec.
I Also remember her very well...and I agree with you..she is the reason I started sewing, and I still use some tricks in my baking, she taught us.
barbara sue

Charleston, WV

#24 Apr 12, 2009
I didn't have most of the one's mentioned; but the two i had Chappell and Waller were definitely past their prime.
huh

San Angelo, TX

#25 Apr 14, 2009
Theres a big difference wouldnt you say in the teachers from 20 years ago and today. They were alot more caring and seemed to make more of an impact on us.
sueanne

Charleston, WV

#26 Apr 14, 2009
You are absolutely right!
alumni

Charleston, WV

#27 Apr 18, 2009
I am so thankful that I attended MHS. I have had a good life and feel that I owe to these teachers. However, it is my education at MHS and many more that I feel have made the difference for me. I wish more people who had these teachers would get on here and post their experiences.
pda

Charleston, WV

#28 Apr 23, 2009
I liked them all, I named one of my daughters after Miss White.
former student

Charleston, WV

#29 May 3, 2009
All of them on the list were pretty good, but the one I remember the most was Ellen Burgess. She cared about all of her students. She was/is a class act. She wanted students to do well because she knew education was our only way out. I never knew her to put anyone down and if she felt that something was going wrong for you, she would take the time to let you know she cared. She was there for everyone rich, poor, black or white.
grateful student

Jacksonville, FL

#30 Mar 17, 2012
If Mrs. Bailey taught you, then college was a breeze for English. I could compete against any student at any college or university. I have a Masters Degree.
Needless to say, I did not know how good she was at the time.

Since: Feb 12

Logan, WV

#31 Mar 17, 2012
I wouln't have admitted it then--but Mrs. Bailey was "the bomb" of English. I'm saying--she didn't put up with nonsense, and she was firm. Yes, she was hard. I think she expected a little more out of us than what we "wanted to be expected" out of us. I think she had a passion for what she did. I voted for Mrs. Bailey, but I loved the others mentioned, as well. Especially Laura Hinchman! So sweet and so dedicated--took her time--and had fun teaching what she taught.
For men, I thought Al Mann was a great teacher. No others may agree with me--I don't know--but I loved Mr. Hollingsworth. I think he got picked at a little too much.
In Jr. High, OH Booten was one of the best English teachers at that school. Remember, "Boy! YOu can't be that dumb!?" LOL! Over there, I'm also thinking about Harry and Jimmy Jordan, who were good teachers.
I can't forget Daniel Caine, who was a great chorus director in Choir for the high school. Daniel Caine was a great musician, teacher, and had a good heart. We sang a song in Latin that I still remmeber and sing to myself. I guess we practiced it enough. LOL! So many great teachers! So many good times!
Same teachers

Man, WV

#32 Mar 18, 2012
Just Me wrote:
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Some more are Miss Fullerton, Miss Eye, Mr. Preston, Mr. Hatfield, Miss Lamb.
We must have been in the same grade. I remember all of these, especially Mr. Preston for typing. All of them were great teachers and certainly had an impact on my future.
nancy

Charleston, WV

#33 Mar 18, 2012
All of them had that special something that made their students want to do well for them.
1988

Prestonsburg, KY

#34 Mar 29, 2012
Jane McKee. The absolute best teacher ever. She was a real Godsend.
susie

Charleston, WV

#35 Apr 1, 2012
White and Paluso were two of the best. However, it is hard to top anyone on this list.
Class of 1967

Jacksonville, FL

#36 Dec 8, 2012
I see the posts about Mrs. Bailey and can't believe it! I had the lady for 3 years and she was great. Not the touchy, feely kind of teacher, but she taught and you learned.
I credit her with much of my success in college. I could hold my own in English against students from any part of the state or country for that matter.
I also had many of the other teachers. Angeline White was special.
fern

Springfield, NJ

#37 Dec 8, 2012
I had most of them too- I think the commonality about them was not their teaching style, but their professionalism.
Wow

Logan, WV

#38 Dec 10, 2012
Mr Hagood! Great man and intelligent
1974 class

Charleston, WV

#39 Dec 28, 2012
Class of 1976 wrote:
I liked them all except Fannie Waller and Willa Zorns,they never seemed to have cared like the others did.
I loved Miss Fannie Belle Waller she was a marvelous teach I had her for American Studies and she taught us well
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1974 class

Charleston, WV

#41 Dec 28, 2012
former student wrote:
All of them on the list were pretty good, but the one I remember the most was Ellen Burgess. She cared about all of her students. She was/is a class act. She wanted students to do well because she knew education was our only way out. I never knew her to put anyone down and if she felt that something was going wrong for you, she would take the time to let you know she cared. She was there for everyone rich, poor, black or white.
Amen and Amen she was Ellen and every student loved her and too this day I think of her values and what she taught me about life and education and to be a honest and a hard working person she gave me my first job Love ya Ellen

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