Best teacher ever – Oak Park

Do you remember your best teacher ever? Maybe an Algebra teacher who turned the search for “x” and “y” into an adventure. Or a History teacher who taught you that where and why an event occurred were much more important than memorizing dates. Or the teacher who saw your potential and would not allow you to let yourself down.

Mine was a summer school teacher — demanding, rewarding, and unconventional. Definitely unconventional.

1956: My 39-year-old father has six kids, five boys and one girl, and we are living on the city’s Southwest Side. He sees a lot of young men hanging around on street corners and says, “Not my boys.” So he does the obvious; He buys 5 acres of a farmer’s cornfield in Roselle where we will build our new home — and farm.

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