“Oh Captain, My Captain”


You know what? Originally, I wanted to be an English teacher. I like to think I would have been pretty good at it.

I was inspired by several incredible teachers of my own (Connie CutlerLinda MunsonKathy WatsonKathy Altaras, Larry Thompson…) to teach English for high school or university students.

Then I got side-tracked by swing dancing and I’ve been doing that for a couple of decades. For many years there at the beginning, I felt like a failure because I didn’t go down the path I had originally planned on…

Funny thing, though: I think I’m still teaching a language. I still feel like I’m helping people communicate better with each other. I think I’m being given the chance to share a communication skill that works best with people who are interested in a conversation between interested partners, rather than reciting a monologue at each other. Or just showing off a list of words and phrases.

To the teachers who impacted my life, as listed above: THANK YOU. You gave me a great life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if my life has impacted anyone else since learning from you all, I want you to know…it comes directly from you. I would not be here without you.

This is my Standing-On-My-Desk moment, saying “O Captain/ My Captain”

–Peter Flahiff (June 2018)

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