About John

First Day of School

I am now in my eighteenth year of retirement. My former students are scattered around the country – indeed, around the world. The oldest among them have recently reached the age of seventy and the youngest are now in their mid thirties. 

I look back on my years of teaching with enormous pleasure. I especially remember the magic that so often unfolded in and out of the classroom. There are many moments – moments of laughter and of joy – that are etched forever in my memory.

I was very lucky in my career. I taught under several outstanding school administrators. I had many wonderful colleagues. And year after year I had many fine students.

When I went into teaching in 1967, I was convinced that the work of a teacher was of great importance, that the education of the young was one of the most vital endeavours in any society. I still think that.