My Favorite Teacher

Who was YOUR favorite CHS teacher and why? Share your memories here!

He cared about every student. He made learning interesting and fun.
Rima Shaffer ’59

Faith encouraged every student to reach for their potential, and spent hours of her own time working with students to help them overcome challenges. She truly cared and you knew it! In my senior year when a student wrote a play and another student and I wrote the music she facilitated a connection with the mayor of Seattle to bring about a day honoring the achievement of the entire production. This had a significant impact on many students, including me. She will always be my favorite teacher because she saw you and accepted you where you were while pushing you to see your potential and reach for it. Ms Beatty is the BEST!

Kathy (Quy) Kerber ’86

I can truly say that the skills I took away from Mrs. Bravo’s journalism classes have served me well throughout my multiple careers. She was a hands-on participant helping us to get out The Journal with its constant deadlines. With her easy demeanor and dry wit, she easily felt like a friend as well as teacher.
Chris Woo ’70

Mr Bronson taught us with passion. A very wonderful teacher understood music and taught it very well.
David Cain ’66

Mr. Brown was a very patient and fair teacher. I enjoyed his class very much and it may have helped me with skills required for starting my first real job as a Boeing Assembly Mechanic. Janetta Lee ’78

There are many teachers that had an influence on me at CHS but one that hasn’t been mentioned yet on your website is Patrick Casey. He made learning French a joy and I took his classes all through high school. This is why he is one of my favorite teachers. I still can’t speak it fluently but do remember some of it.
Paul Magnussen ’73

“He clearly loved teaching and it showed. He was very dedicated and caring. I always enjoyed class and learned a lot.”
Julie Alonzo Desimone ’72

“Mr. Champoux helped me in so many ways I use his teachings in every phase of my life!”
Larry Jackson ’78

“He was very friendly and all students like him. He is also an alumni.”
Stephanie Hartfield ’79

Chem was more difficult than I thought it would be, so I asked to see Mr Edgerton on his lunch hour for tutoring. He always poured me a cup of tea, and we spoke of many things.
Sharon (Hval) Jackson ’56

He treated me like an adult.
Cleo Vae Bryant ( Hadley, div.) Peifer’61

Just a really great guy and very good band teacher.
Gordon Lyster ’54

He gave me a ton of advice about life.
Larry Jackson ’78

Mr. Fuiji connected with his students. He assigned projects that provided some basic understanding of art. They were almost always hands on Students enjoyed it because of how he delivered the subject.
Sally (Cartwright) Bostwick ’63

Mrs. Hansen had been the language arts teacher for my older brothers and sisters. She had the highest expectations for all of her students.
Kerry Knowles ’63

Mr Ishida was a very hard working teacher and coach and was honest with me regarding my performance. He shared insights that stayed with me in helpful ways.
Janetta Lee ’78

He was a good person. Took time with everyone as if they were his own kids.
Stephanie Hartfield ’79

“I don’t think I had a favorite teacher at CHS, but Mr. Kinkade stands out; he made a big difference in my life. I always thought I was “bad at math,” but he believed in me enough to urge me to take calculus, and lo and behold, I found I could do it with his help! At the time, it was still somewhat unusual for teachers to encourage girls to challenge themselves in mathematics (I hope that’s changed by now!), making his support more remarkable. I went on to become a veterinarian, and I’m sure my math foundation helped me get there.”
Kathy Johnson ’75

“Mr. Landon really cared about his students. He taught research paper skills that were invaluable in writing college level papers. And focused on the importance of reading and being informed about current events.”
Nannette Lucas Buren ’67

“Great rapport with students…made his classes fun. He really cared about his students, remembered us, and always had a special word…often teasing and a smile.”
Marlene Omey Ellingson ’55

“Mr. Langley had a way of teaching US History that made the events real to his student. He had a humorous element in his teaching and would include background facts that were not in our history books. I was fortunate to stay in contact with him until his passing. Outside of the classroom, he had a wonderful voice and sang, and was also a comedian outside of school.”
Alison Sing ’64

“Coach” or “Wild Bill” was one of the nicest and most unassuming guys I ever met. I doubt that many knew that he had been a big track star at the U of W where he ran the two-mile.”
Ronald Van Norman ’59

“She was one of the first hires when the school first opened and was brand new. She was my great aunt and a great lady.”

His drills on the basic arithmetic skills served me well as a math teacher.
Jack Withrow ’61

Jeri Fanelli Moe

We studied old films and actors during my senior year. We had that in common, and studying about them kept me intrigued.
Tracy (Burns) Walker ’75

Mr. Morris great coach & Mentor.
Larry Jackson ’78

His use of story and metaphor when teaching was powerful. He inspired me to get degrees in Health/PE and Teaching.
Erik Gibson ’91

“His hands-on approach to problem-solving taught me things that would benefit me to this day. Some of us got to fly as passengers in a small plane with him, encouraging me to learn to fly later in life. Plus, his demeanor and sense of humor….. He made people feel like they weren’t being “taught.”
Rick Streifel ’71

Miss Raine made sure I put “e” before “i” in there. She also made me read whole books–a habit I still practice today.
Jack Withro ’61

Miss Raine had high expectations for her Senior English class and gave us the means to reach them. On Day 1, she said, “You will learn how to write in this class. Every Friday, you will write a composition – – complete in one class with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The only topics will be on the board. Write as much as you can as well as you can.

The first month we thought, “Oh, no, this is AWFUL.” Miss Raine critiqued every essay from every student. By the end of the semester, we all thought, “I can do this! Essay test? No problem!” And we all did extra credit work to earn High Point for the quarter and get that
little wooden owl [the last year she could get them from Germany]. Miss Raine made all that hard work fun for us, and we enjoyed it. Thank you, Miss Raine.
Sharon Victor ’60

I became a much better driver because of him.
Larry Jackson ’78

He was always there for you and would ride you when he knew you could be better. He treated you like family. He always felt like he was a second dad. He made getting through HS easier. He was an amazing basketball and softball coach too! I miss him a lot!”
Dawn Harris (Wilkerson) ’85

“I always wanted to thank the teacher who made the biggest impact on my life. The only thing that brought any joy to my high school years, was art. I was into photography and pencil drawing before I came to her Art Class. I wound up taking jewelry and ceramics, but I liked her classes the best. I was proud to have contributed photographs to the Eagle Annual in ’73. It was her attitude that just kept me going, giving me ideas and projects that tested my abilities. Some worked, like the Cat In The Hat I painted above the art room door, as my contribution to Pop Art. Some didn’t, like an extra large fiberglass eagle for the Gymnasium. But every time I worked on it, it was trashed the next day. I gave that one up. I tried to learn calligraphy because she was so good at it. That didn’t end well. The photography was what stuck. While on a 2-year waiting list for a degree program in photography at Seattle Community College, I enrolled in the Biomedical Photography Course at B.C.C., now Bellevue College. While there, I loved Photojournalism, so I stuck with that instead. And my knowledge of film is what got my foot in the door of the Post Production world in Los Angeles. I wound up working on films, commercials, and music videos. I’m retired now, and I still look forward to taking pictures.”
Jim Dilonardo ’73

“Linda was my favorite teacher at CHS because each time I wanted to drop out or get my GED and, she would give me hope that I could be something in life because of her, I completed cosmetology & esthetician school at Paul Mitchell school. Thank you so much, Linda, for your ongoing support.”
Shaun Bernal ‘14

Mr. Sloan was a great debate teacher.
George T Gojio ’73

“Fun classes, fun teacher. He treated us like miniature adults while still encouraging creative expression. I met many long-term friends in his classes, including my first husband.”
Joanna (Cooper) Bailey ’84

I’ve loved science and wildlife since I was a kid, and Mrs. White influenced me. I used to go to her class early and feed the tarantula!
Cathy Brandt ‘Mayer’ ’74

Miss White Helped me understand science, witch helped me a lot in college science courses.
Larry Jackson ’78


“I had some great teachers, and Ms. White is one of them. I had Ms. White for English and Annual. I always thought she was smart and cared for her students because she challenged us to be creative, so we used that critical thinking. She also encouraged students to reach their full potential. I formed a strong relationship with Ms. White, and even after high school, we tried to stay connected. She is missed.”
Reza Macaraeg-Cueto ’98

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