It was time for me to move to the big city from rural living. As if being an emotional, nervous wreck wasn’t enough, I was also worried about the complexity of the math program and the capability my teacher would have when it came to teaching me. Math was never my strong suit, and was the source of a lot of anxiety I had throughout high school.
There was one reason I passed with all of my credits, and that reason was Mr. Robert Pittman at Bishop’s College. He was friendly, welcoming, and genuinely cared for my education and its quality. He explained algebra methods to me hundreds of times, I’m sure. He stayed after school to help his students with whatever difficulties they were having. I often attended these after school sessions, and every time I left I felt a little more confident in my abilities.
I had Mr. Pittman as a math teacher for almost three years and I am certain in saying that if I hadn’t, I don’t think I would’ve been able to pass math when it came time to graduate. At the end of level three I visited him in his classroom for the last time, he told me how proud he was, and the only thing I could think about during the last few days of high school was just how lucky I am to have had such an amazing teacher. He made the greatest impression on me and I am forever grateful to have obtained not only knowledge of mathematics from him, but life skills, and advice I can carry with me throughout my life.
He is the strongest person I’ve met during my high school years, overcoming loss, and during times of hardship he delivered quality teachings and an effective education to his students. I don’t know how he did it, but he did, and I am so grateful that he did. Thank you Mr. Pittman.