I am handing out a #1 Teacher award this quarter. Being a teacher myself, I am not easily impressed; however, I have met a few good ones at AI and I always let them know.
This quarter one instructor went over the top into the “Excellence” category, and that was Beth Remsburg. All the students who have talked with me about Beth speak with great affection, even as they complain that her classwork is a killer. The thing is… you LEARN in her class! And the students know she cares about their success even if it is painful. This adds up to one of those teachers who impacts lives! Several times this quarter it brought to my mind my 3rd grade teacher whom I loved dearly and have never forgotten.
The biggy for me is that I am no longer afraid of logos and using them to communicate visually in a corporate setting. I have even learned that it can almost be fun! The moment that corner was turned for me was the moment I knew Beth was one of the best teachers I have had!
Beth kept encouraging me until I did it… always challenging not just me, but each of us, to be better (with a charming mix of humor and wisdom that keeps you from wanting to strangle her!)
Beth made me feel like I really could do this. That is a mark of a true teacher. I will forever remember that matter of fact “Sure you can!” comment she makes (leaving you standing there with nothing to say in rebuttal.) Not to mention her “get over it!” [When I am struggling with a project I have a tendency to outprocess about it, which some unnamed friends call whining, and Beth did not cater to the “I am no good at this” comments.]
Unfortunately this is probably the last class I will have with Beth, but I know for certain that she will stand out as one of those teachers who changed my course in life! One of those you tell people about years later.
I am not sure of all the impacts, but I know they are big and I really want to say “Thank you, Beth! If more teachers were like you, there would be no limits to what we students could do!”