23 comments on “Ms. Clark and The Camera

  1. I loved your tribute to your high school teacher who made you feel special and didn’t just sit behind a desk and drone on and on but helped you to be who you are today. I also came from a small town and small high school. I had wonderful teachers who gave of themselves and weren’t afraid to be involved with their students. Because of their influence, I went to college, majored in music, taught kindergarten and music and really came out of my shy self. Hurray for teachers who are gifted and pass it on to their students!

  2. Having a 30-year-old yearbook myself, and being a former journalism student, and having taught English for 20+ years, I loved this post. I hope Ms. Clark gets to see it somehow.

    • 30 years later, and I’m still thinking about her…….pretty big mark on my life. I’m who I am today because of a few impactful teachers along the way.

    • Awww thanks Colleen, I always wonder if anyone wants to read these kinds of things……..and obviously they do. This is a “diary” after all. So glad that you enjoyed it.

  3. Simply beautiful. Teachers have more power than we sometimes realize and often their power is not fully realized until many years later. I hope that Ms. Clark understood the impression she had upon you.

  4. I couldn’t just sit here, I did very little sleuthing. Suella B. Clark 6310 Mary Jamison St. San Antonio, TX 78238. 210-290-9277. Give her a call or drop her a note, she’d be proud.

  5. Wonderful post! I think there are a lot of us wandering around have one teacher who was special – who taught us things that weren’t on the standard lesson plan, things that have stuck with us long after the memories of how to do long division have faded. I hope those special teachers somehow know what a great impact they had on all of us.

  6. Wonderful post! I think there are a lot of us wandering around have one teacher who was special – who taught us things that weren’t on the standard lesson plan, things that have stuck with us long after the memories of how to do long division have faded. I hope those special teachers somehow know what a great impact they had on all of us.

  7. Lovely and touching post. I grew up in a small paper mill town in Louisiana, and know first hand what a few REALLY good teachers can mean to a young person; remarkably, in that small one high school town, I actually had MANY good teachers throughout the years. I was one of only 3 graduates in my class who had the courage and confidence to go to a “big” college (I went to LSU, my best friend went to VA Tech), largely due to the encouragement of some of those teachers. And when we got there, we were just as prepared as any of the other students! Hats off to great teachers everywhere 🙂

  8. James, I know exactly how you feel. The year you were on the yearbook staff I was in Mrs. Clark’s Freshman English class. I always had my camera in my hand as well inspired by all the fun she was having with her Sophomore yearbook class. Usually in the mornings I could be found sitting at the long tables in her room talking with my friends and dreaming of being on that same staff the following year. I did join the following year and learned all those little things you mentioned. I had so much fun and like you she gave me a place in the high school hierarchy. I was lucky I had the pleasure of being in her class for 2 and a half years. Freshman English, then yearbook for the next year and a half. My family moved out of state so I moved away but did come back to visit as often as I could.
    I like you, have always considered the best teacher I’ve ever has she inspired me. When I started teaching elementary school children I aspired to be a strong inspiring teacher like her. I have often wondered about her and all of those children she inspired along the way. If I am able to make . contact her I have one big message for her. “Thank You”

    • Hi Dawna, How awesome that she touched your life as well as mine. Very few teachers have the same ability that Ms. Clark had. I know she would be absolutely thrilled to know that she inspired you to be as good a teacher as she was. I’m pretty sure that my high school exerience, and my entire life for that matter, would not have been the same without the small part she played in both. Thanks you so much for the note.

      I’m curious, how did you find this story? Have we met?

      • I think I was thinking about her and googled her name. I almost forgot I had done this. Until I was googling old high school people. I take my trip down memory lane every few years. I started working for a company with the name of someone I would have graduated with if I had stayed at Marcus. I was always disappointed that I did not get to be a part of that first graduating class.

        I am sure we met back in high school I would have just been a grade behind you. You basically passed the yearbook torch onto my class. And I did spend a lot of time in her classroom before school. I usually arrived at least an hour early because of my sister who drove us. So I spent a lot of time at the long narrow tables along the side wall.

        I was looking at the yearbook covers. I saw the one from 1985 which would have been your year I believe. Then the 1986 and the 1987 ones. The funny thing is the one for 1986 the word Classic was actually my mothers handwriting. I loved my time on yearbook. At my next school you could not be on yearbook unless you had taken both journalism and photography. So I wound up taking a photography class and wound up just moving away from that. Remember before digital when everything was really expensive in photography.

        It is nice to connect again. I hope all is awesome in your life.

      • Hi Dawna! Pretty sure I remember you! Yes, ‘85 was my last year at Marcus. As a sophomore. Then I, and everyone else in my class, moved on to Lewisville. Small world! Ain’t it? I have to credit Ms. Clark with encouraging my love of writing, and of course photography. I even thanked her in my first book. It is nice to connect. And honestly, I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing. She was my absolute favorite teacher. I had her for English — junior and senior year. She really “saw” students and their potential. She was kind, yet made you want to stretch to be better. What a wonderful tribute to her.

    • Awwwww thanks Allyson, She truly was the first teacher I had that actually took an interest in me and what my talents were. Too bad more teachers aren’t like her. So glad you got to experience her as well…..

  10. Suella Clark’s lessons have stuck with me, her words often ringing in my ears, 13 years after graduation in Korea.

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