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by Chris Crabb, Guest Contributor
My favorite teacher was Mr. Tom Porter in third grade.
It was his first year of teaching, and he had so much enthusiasm — a zest for life and for teaching. What I remember most is that he taught us how to maintain a checking/savings account — we could order “merchandise” out of catalogs, write a check and send away for it.
We each had a mailbox, and our “order” would arrive in the form of a picture. In the meantime, we had to balance the checkbook to the penny. To this day, I keep a mean checkbook!
Mr. Porter was wonderful in many other ways, and when he moved up to 6th grade, I was lucky enough to get him again. He had such an impact on me that I invited him to my wedding 13 years later, and he was happy to attend. Every child deserves a teacher like him!
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