My heart is heavy with the loss of a great man in our educational community.
Way back in the late 1980s, I got a master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning through Lesley College. It was one of the best things I ever did for my career. (Closely following blogging!)
Rather than going to the Lesley College campus, myself and several other teachers spent one weekend per month at a rustic Seminar House in southern New Hampshire.
The program lasted 2 years, which were 2 of the best years of my life. I not only learned more about teaching, but I learned more about life, and I learned more about me.
The man in the photo above, Fritz Bell, was the best teacher I ever had. He was passionate, caring, and full of wisdom. He not only taught us about integrating the arts, but he taught us about people: Specifically the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.
I posted a series about MBTI a couple of years ago. Here's a link to the introduction.
And here's a link to the conclusion, which has links to all the other parts, if you're interested.
Through most of the 2 year master's program, we kept on coming back to the MBTI, and how it relates to the children in our classrooms as well as the other teachers. I'm an ISFJ, in case you're wondering!
A year ago November, I got to see Fritz. I'd heard there was an Open House to honor his retirement. (Doing the math, I realize he was 80 at retirement!) I went to the Open House, enjoyed being at the beautiful seminar house once more, and got to chat with the man who changed my life.
You can read more about that visit at the link below:
I will never forget Fritz, and know that his legend will live on through all the teachers whose lives he touched, and all their students who benefited from his wisdom.