STORY: RETIRED NOW BUT STILL EVERYONE’s FAVORITE

Lynne Sanders (c)Ann Young Facebook

COCHRAN, GEORGIA: Everyone has a favorite teacher … a teacher who influenced them the most … a teacher who was kind … a teacher who inspired them … a teacher they can’t forget.

William Arthur Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Lynne Sanders is the teacher who inspires. For many years, Mrs. Sanders was an English teacher at Bleckley County High School – and taught several generations within the same family. She taught different grade levels and ‘class levels.’

A mom of three, Mrs. Sanders not only taught, but was the advisor of a variety of extra curricular activities at the school. Active in her church, she enjoyed teaching a girls’ youth Sunday School for a time. In her retirement, Mrs. Sanders is active in church and community activities, including supporting the local library.

Susan Kroesser Thompson said of Mrs. Sanders, “I had her in 10th grade for Literature, and also as a debate coach, but she was much more than that. She was a mentor and a friend; a stellar pattern of humanity, not only as an educator, but as a mother, a community servant and a Christian.”

Theresa (Walker) Booker reflected on Mrs. Sanders’ handwriting. “Strangely enough, the thing I remember most about her class was her beautiful handwriting on the board.”

Booker continued, “When I became an English teacher … so many years later … every time I would write on the board, I knew I could never compare to the beautiful markings that she made. She really encouraged a love of poetry … I still remember snippets of poems from her classroom … my favorites being anything by Kipling and Frost.”

Mrs. Sanders was just everyone’s favorite teacher.

Tina (Floyd) Whittle said, “”I still use the journal I won in the writing competition (3rd place) in Mrs. Sanders’ class, and I’m still using the things i learned in her class every time I sit down to the page.” Whittle is a published mystery author.

Lynne Sanders didn’t like the spotlight, and probably still doesn’t. She impacted a lot of lives during her teaching tenure, including mine. I was lucky enough to have her twice in school and as a Sunday School teacher, and friend of our family.

One of the main things I remember most about Mrs. Sanders at school was her greeting. She always made sure to be at her door to greet her students. Each one got an individualized greeting with a smile, a warm “Hello” and a pat on the back.

John Henrik Clarke said, “A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.”

Her classrooms were always relaxed and her method of teaching everything from grammar to mechanics to poetry to literature to speech made learning it something to look forward to.

Lynne Sanders’ reach went beyond the classroom and the desks. There are plenty more stories about her to be found, and not enough room here to share.

“Compassionate teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills,” Charles Platt once wrote.

And that is Lynne Sanders, and we are so thankful.

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Author: rlhwrites

Curator of prose and such.

2 thoughts on “STORY: RETIRED NOW BUT STILL EVERYONE’s FAVORITE”

  1. She was my tennis coach in high school and had to actually teach me how to play because they needed more on the team. She said, “If you can play basketball and softball, you can play tennis.” So thankful to her for that because I still enjoy playing today.

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