Miss Elizabeth Tabler
I just came from a belated memorial to Miss Elizabeth Tabler. She died at 97 nearly blind and enfeebled of body, but,I’m told, bold in spirit and still sprightly of mind. She taught English and Journalism at Mannington High School for about I guess about 40 years. I heard many, many eulogies,and memories of the woman. I heard the words “inspiring, inspiration, fair minded” over and over. Three former students who later became English teachers rose to the rostrum and told us that they were inspired to the profession because of Miss Tabler. And left little doubt that they cribbed her teaching methods if not their lecture notes from her. I know of two other English teachers didn’t attend the Memorial who were inspired to the teaching of English by Miss Tabler. And no doubt they’re passing back slips of paper with a circle in the middle and the note “deposit gum here”. It was uplifting to see the outpouring of genuine love from these people. From everyone. From preachers to politicians, they all came to praise her, remember her as a teacher, and as a human being. There is little doubt that if everyone in the world had a little Miss Tabler in them, our fears would be over.
Some of the things I learned from Miss Tabler
Reading does not damage the mind. but
Reading the Classic Illustrated version of the novel will get you a D on the book report no matter how good the art work was.
Parsing a sentence for homework is a hell of lot easier than doing it at the blackboard in front of the entire class.
“Is this a dagger I see before me,
It’s handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, yet I see thee still.
art now fatal vision sensible to feeling as to sight?”
You don’t have to raise your voice to be heard. If what you say is important, students will listen. It’s in the tone, the intent look, the unflappable confidence.
if you have to judge, Judge people solely on their merits.
Go gently in the world and like Midas change everyone you touch.
Education if the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Elizabeth Tabler was an enabling educator...and a class act. A lady through and through. The world is less for her passing.
Classmates......We owe her...We must make up the difference...