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Sweet Serendipity

April 30, 2011
By ChelzRulz SILVER, Sparta, New Jersey
ChelzRulz SILVER, Sparta, New Jersey
7 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can turn off the sun, but I'm still gonna shine." - Jason Mraz
"Life is a rollercoaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life." -Avril Lavigne
"The answer is wrong, but I luv you!" - Mrs. Spelman
"Carpe Diem- seize the day!!" -Mrs. Spelman

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” -Lily Tomlin

Ms. Brennan not only gives us something to think about, she gives us something to take and use for years to come.

I was raised by a teacher myself; depicting amorous educators is a walk in the park for me. There was always one great teacher, but as soon as I waltzed into Room 414, everything changed because of one special teacher…

Ms. Kate Brennan. Let’s just say she scared the living daylights out of me on that first day of school. But beneath that frightening tone of hers, I watched the figure of a brilliant teacher waiting.

Ms. Brennan has an athletic figure, wavy short chocolate colored hair and a good five foot eleven, has a prodigious mind, and a charm to make anyone laugh; but that is only naming a few countless qualities.

Ms. Brennan is dedicated to her students one hundred percent by being involved as leader of the Gay/Straight Alliance, coaching varsity volleyball and lacrosse, directing a creative writing and public speaking class, and teaching an Honors English Freshman class, which I get to experience. She once told me, “I have no social life, but my life is you guys. I love it.” With taking part in these activities she preaches diversity and intolerance, teaches us to go beyond our utmost limits, life skills to take forever, and extracts who we are from us. Ms. Brennan is the teacher who polishes up any high school student and transforms it into a young adult with many opportunities that lay ahead. Most of all, she transformed myself. She has made a carefree, welcoming, safe haven of a classroom so everyone knows she’s always there for them. Ms. Brennan just doesn’t teach us, we teach her every day. Teachers have to understand that the key to educational success, is simply by letting children teach the “taught”.

Life for my favorite teacher wasn’t easy, having to face many turbulent obstacles in her family and versus herself. I once heard Opera say, “The obstacles you face in life help prepare you for what is to come.” She is living, breathing proof that anyone can survive anything no matter how dismal it may be. Look where she is now! She said that she couldn’t call her professions “work” because she loves what she does so dearly. To be special, it takes more than intellectual capabilities. For Ms. Brennan, it is her facetious southern impersonations, and stories of her own life experiences- some beneficial, some exultant and comical, and some serious and sad. What makes Ms. Brennan special is that she relates to every one of us- especially me. I’ve changed into a more open and assertive young adult. Her shaky path makes Ms. Brennan who she is- which shapes her into a perfect person, thus an ideal teacher.

To me, Ms. Brennan has gotten me through some difficult times by doing the one thing that any adolescent yearns for- someone to listen. Someone to relate to. Someone to comfort you. My teacher opened her arms to me and listened. During cold nights taking stats for the lacrosse team, she orders me to keep warm and wear her jacket. She asks me how I’m feeling when I’m sick. She cares for me, more than I do for myself. We talk about what’s going on in our lives, just the two of us when everyone goes home. To me, she is my second mother, and to her I am someone who will never give up- just as she never did. My teacher teaches us the most important life lessons- about love and the future. She makes us go beyond our limits, to another dimension we never knew existed. She teaches us to be different, and that it’s okay to be different. She is the most available, passionate, devoted, energetic teacher I’ve ever had. She is the voice for all females. She has lived and fought in her past, and now she does it for us. She is a realist, dedicated, open, athletic, most brilliant writer. Above all, is Ms. Brennan’s love for her children and teaching; a passion so strong. In class, she’s never bored, is animated, bursts out singing in class, shares her personal experiences, shows us intriguing books and movies, and with every lesson she lures us into her discussions. Ms. Brennan has touched my heart, and someday I’ll powerful English teacher like she is.

What I have learned from Ms. Brennan is my potential and my place in this world. I believe I can put my mind to challenges, but will fall; in the end it’ll make me even stronger. She believes in the importance of her job (for her a hobby), and expects the best from her students. My English teacher is the most inspirational teacher in my ten years of schooling. After all, she is the person I see five days a week. Every day my teacher saves my life; a piece of sweet serendipity I’ve found along my life journey. She is one of those simple gifts you thank God for each and every day. Ms. Brennan is not only my best friend, second mother, teacher, listener, and role model; she is the person I want to be.

The author's comments:
I want people to see Ms. Brennan as a whole. Look beyond the writing- I want everyone to see the importance of my teacher and what a great person she is. I think she should be recognized; after all you don't always find these kinds of people. Thank you.

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This article has 12 comments.

on Aug. 28 2011 at 1:12 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 296 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

Wow, Ms. Brennan sounds like an incredible person. I'm so glad you found a role model like her :) You really did do a good job of describing her, and I was really impressed by how good you are with not accidentally changing your tenses. That's the hardest part of writing for me. I did notice some grammatical errors. Nothing major, but there are a few spots where you could've changed the word order, or proofread a little more. For example, where you wrote "by being involved as a leader, coaching...directing...and teaching..." you couldve written leading to make it more consistant. Also, her name is spelled "Oprah," not Opera :) Overall though, I really liked the piece and the few grammatical errors didn't really take away from the passion of the piece. I read your little comment on the side and I'm really glad that you want people to see the beautiful person she is, not just the beautiful job you did writing the piece. Good job :)

on Aug. 28 2011 at 10:10 am
JoPepper PLATINUM, Annandale, Virginia
35 articles 0 photos 782 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Freedom is the ability to not care what the other person thinks."

"Not all those who wander are lost" --JRR Tolkien

"When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears." --Jose' Bergamin

I wish I had that teacher!!!! Keep writing!!!!! :D

delz4 GOLD said...
on Aug. 24 2011 at 7:16 pm
delz4 GOLD, San Francisco, California
14 articles 8 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Experience is not what happens to you, it\'s what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley

Wow, this teacher sounds amazing.  I had a teacher once that seems like he has some of the same qualities.  One of his famous quotes was "Don't let my teaching get in the way of your learning."  He really understood kids and what was really important to them.  This piece if beautifully written and it really helps me get a sense of this magnificent person 

Shayna121 GOLD said...
on Jul. 29 2011 at 7:24 pm
Shayna121 GOLD, Port Charlotte, Florida
12 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul.

I had a teacher like this too my junior year of high school...he took me in like a father under his wings and I learned alot!

iDogrocker said...
on Jul. 25 2011 at 3:03 pm
iDogrocker, Lebanon, Oregon
0 articles 0 photos 78 comments
ChelzRulz--This is clearly a very important topic to you, and you definitely put a lot of care and work into this piece. I love the use of the phrase "sweet serendipity." The alliteration enhances the feel of the sentence. There were a couple of things I saw that you might revise. I noticed you said that Ms. Brennan preached intolerance, but that doesn't seem quite correct. From what I saw, she either condemns intolerance or preaches tolerance. Also, where you were describing how Ms. Brennan looks, you mentioned her athletic figure, her hair, and then her height. I would recommend you flip hair and height. It makes more sense that way. Other than that, there are a couple of spots (nothing super specific) where you could work on the fluency of the work. Try reading your piece out loud to yourself. Find the places where you trip and try to rework them so you can read it through without those trips. Thank you for sharing your experience with your wonderful teacher! :)

on Jul. 25 2011 at 2:01 pm
WritingSpasms, Los Angeles, California
0 articles 0 photos 121 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Devils run when a good man goes to war."
- River Song from Doctor Who (Ep. A Good Man Goes to War)

I really like this. It's very well written. I had a great teacher like Ms. Brennan in my 7th grade Lit. class. Now if only all the teachers in the world were like them. xD

Vicky11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 25 2011 at 7:03 am
Vicky11 SILVER, Charlottenlund, Other
9 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
The wisest men follow their own direction - Euripides

Very well written, and better than that, inspiring :-)

julian GOLD said...
on Jul. 23 2011 at 10:37 am
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

Yeah, I wish I had a teacher like that! Good teachers are the key to good learning. Great essay! I like it!

on Jul. 22 2011 at 6:48 pm
CookieMonsterAttacks SILVER, Grand Rapids, Michigan
6 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I called you a lady, 'cause you're fat!" ~ Gracie G.

Aw! Why can't MY Honors English Teacher be like that?

on Jun. 15 2011 at 10:10 am
MollyDoubleU BRONZE, Minooka, Illinois
3 articles 5 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby

I love this so much! If all teachers were like Ms. Brennan, then school would be so much more fun to go to. I love how you wrote this piece. It was so wonderful. Great work!

on Jun. 14 2011 at 4:44 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 373 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends

This is a wonderful article. You described Ms. Brennan so beautifully, it was like you put the actual person on the page. Good job!

on Jun. 1 2011 at 9:27 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1646 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Ms. Brennan sounds like an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime teacher.  I wish all teachers were like her!