Teaching has sometimes made me look back at teachers I had, memories I have of them, the things I can learn from them. Things to do, what not to do. Mrs Nangle: patient, excited when she saw a flare spark or intuition at work in a little one’s mind. Mrs Mooney, impatient and humourless. Kathleen Houlton, so inspiring, loved magic and mystery, loved passing on the feeling for them. Mr Council, ridiculously well-named: physically imposing and inflicted much pain on little hands with his very large one. Mr Bonaventura: vicious, sadistic, had no right to even consider being a teacher. For the rest who spring to mind, Wilma Patterson, Mr Sheen, Mrs Peach, Mr McGuire …. I recall their faces, and their kindness. It’s the best and the worst that are remembered. I must remember that.