Mr. Humphrey, Jr. H.S. English Teacher, Saves a Life
Thanking Of You
Mr. Humphrey, Jr. HS English Teacher, Saves a Life Mr. Humphrey - Fargo North Dakota United States
Sep-1969 thru Jun-1973
I was flunking at jr. high school, mostly because I couldn't read very
quickly and my retention was low. I also was living in an abusive home,
which made school life very difficult as well. Mr. Humphrey saw me
struggling, and set me up to spend time in a reading lab. Using the
equipment they had at the time, I learned to read more quickly, to scan
the pages, to search for content and meaning. In a short time, I
doubled my reading speed and my retention greatly improved.
Mr. Humphrey gave me a book to read: Escape from Colditz. In it,
through the pages of how WWII officers survived under harsh conditions
in a German prisoner-of-war camp and how they constantly searched for
ways to escape their situation, I learned how to escape the harshness of
my life and find better ways to cope. I needed this desperately.
Mostly, though, I learned a love of reading, which has served me well
throughout school, college, graduate school, and beyond.
you, Mr. Humphrey. You saw something worthwhile in that ugly ignorant
sorry young girl, and helped her bloom to the wonderful person she is
today. What I would shout from the rooftops if I knew you were alive
and in the vicinity: YOU DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Thank you for that!
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