Russ Gibb at Random


March 4, 2007

Excellent teachers I have known:
Hanimann Elementary Detroit
McDonald Elementary Dearborn
Lowery Junior High Dearborn
Maples Junior High Dearborn
Fordson High School Dearborn
Howell High School Michigan
Romulus High School Michigan

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Russ - it was very enjoyable listening to you talk about the wonderful teachers that influenced your life. I, too, have fond memories of the many teachers that touched my life.

The common thread that I found running through both of our memories is that we both experienced teachers who demanded respect and who enjoyed teaching. They were given the freedom to actually do what was needed to see that we became responsible adults - even if it meant an occasional swat just to get our attention. They may not have always been politically correct, but we admired their ability and we knew that they really cared about us. We were hugged or had erasers thrown at our heads as deemed necessary. I had a 5th grade teacher who made talkers chew on a piece of soap. Can you imagine if that happened today? Did we feel abused? Did our parents have the teachers fired? Did they sue the schoolboard?
Did we grow up respecting authority?

Is the present educational process that much better for the students or should some old-fashioned common-sense teaching techniques be brought back to make the world a better place? I think so; but maybe you and I are in the minority, or, then again, maybe we aren't.

--by claudia on 3/5/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Nice video Russ. I wish schools these days used the same old fashioned principles we all grew up with: more common sense, more respect for authority, less complaints by parents, less political or abroad, schools were very different in the old days!

--by Abed on 3/5/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Russ, I too had Helen Martin as a teacher at Fordson. She made a difference in my life. keep up the good work.

--by Mrs F. Willerd on 3/5/07   Lives: USA  

Mr Gibb, Mrs Martin was right ,your a poor speller. The Hanimann school is spelled Hanneman. It is still doing a great job of educating students and is located on McGraw Street. You get for an E for spelling , but an A for remembering.

--by Don kurzak on 3/5/07   Lives: Detroit area  


Your spelling is just as poor. It's "you're" or "you are", not "your".

--by SCHAEFER RD. on 3/5/07   Lives: Dearborn  

I remember a silly liberal english teacher at Woodworth JHS where the only "A" I ever got from him was on November first. The day earlier we were soppose to dress up for halloween and I skipped class (to childish for me a ninth grader to participate). well sure enough the next day he asked me where I was and I quickly said oh I was the invisible Man and got my only "A: the whole semester. boy what was that teachers name? Gibb, hey thats you. Did you get rid of you Triumph Motorcycle?

--by treble484 on 3/5/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Well, Mr. Gibb... You fall on my list of teachers who made a difference. I also fondly remember my first grade teacher Mrs. Sullivan and my sixth grade teacher Mr. Kedzo. I wouldn't be involved with computers, video production, and web design if it wasn't for the awesome opportunity to work with the latest technology in your class. Even while in college, I didn't have open access to all the tools in your class. The students involved in WDHS have no idea how lucky they are to learn all the ins and outs of video production before leaving high school. It made taking the video classes in college seem like a walk in the park.

--by Chris on 3/6/07   Lives: Michigan  


I would like to recognize three teachers who I had in Dearborn.

Mr. Vince Harbauer- Art teacher from the old William Ford Elementary. He taught me how art makes us look at everything differently and from many different angles and how it can really give life some perspective. It wasn’t the issue of artistic ability as much the ability to contemplate the meaning of life and where we fit into it. Sure wish I knew how to find him now.

The other teacher is Larry Kish, shop teacher at Woodworth Jr. High School. This guy made me believe that being able to work with my hands was every bit as much a talent as a kid who could do math or Science. He also taught me to believe in myself and my skills.

Finally, Gary Heinz, at Fordson High School was and continues to be the best most enthusiastic instructor I have ever known. He currently teaches over at Henry Ford Community College and is 100% as good a teacher now as he was at Fordson.

I loved Dr. Evola too! He tought us that "black was beautiful!"

You were a pretty good old bird too Gibb! You used to bust our balls pretty good at Group W, and we didn’t get it back then, but I sure do understand now.

Great Podcast Russ!

--by Used to be the guy! on 3/6/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Mr. Kurzak,

Before you critique Mr. Gibb's spelling, maybe you should review the difference between "your" and "you're."

--by Adela S. on 3/6/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Hi Russ, Loved the video. Yes, Little Women is still there, and in its original, "untouched" state! (So is the King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable at the other end of the "library". Both were WPA murals)Thanks for the history on the little boy in the mural!! I will add that to the McDonald website. I enjoyed attending your 9th grade social studies class at Maples as well as your story about Mr. Good.

--by Fred on 3/6/07   Lives: Detroit area  


I think it's safe to say you influenced me as a teacher. I thought it was funny hearing you mention your moments of youthful arrogance - maybe you're right and we aren't so different! Hah!

However, above and beyond all else stands out my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Bundas. I sent you an email about it back when you first put up the Muirhead announcement on your website and I found out today that the email made it's way over to her. She actually gave me a phone call this very afternoon and we had a great conversation.

It's strange how at 20 years old I still remember books we read in our class even though few peolpe I know remember that far back. Everything we read in that class seems to be reverbrating much later in my life and when we talked about those books it made me realize how much more that class affected me than even I knew. I still have my journal from her class (which was actually a novel because journals weren't my thing), and my report card amongst other things. She also reminded me today that I was the only kid who knew how to correctly pronounce the names of strange foreign things, like Tenochtitlan, Quezeltcoatl, and now I even remember ranting in one of my early classes that Munich was spoken "Mew-nick" not "Mun-itch". Oh, what a childhood!

Mrs. Bundas was one of those teachers that you just can't forget. Amongst all the negative influences in my life I'll always have at least one good one shining bright. I can attribute my wanting to become an elementary teacher to her because she took the idea of learning and made it a playground for the imagination. If I could ever give that same sense of wanderlust in a few kids like she did to my whole class then my life will be complete.


--by Brian on 3/7/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Mr. Gibb--Thanks for a wonderful trip down memory lane. I remember Mr. Good very clearly. I laughed as you described him, as dry, droll, just the way I recall him when I was a student. When I was a substitute teacher at Maples for a year, he was different, much more open and funny. I also remember Mrs. Dreese, although my recollection is not quite so fond. I always thought I had very good teachers at Maples (K-9) and Fordson. I remember you well and fondly. I laughed at your Webcast when you used the word "atrocious," which you used quite a bit in class. I had no idea what the word meant--until then. I also remember giving a speech at FHS for Richard Zimmerman's class on a person who had influenced my life; my speech was about you. I am still in contact with four or five of my Amherst professors, often reminding them of the positive influences they had on my life. They all seem genuinely grateful that I acknowledge what they meant to me. Thanks for a great trip back in time.

--by Ron Marinucci on 3/12/07   Lives: USA  

Two of the best at Whitmore Bolles Elementary were Mr. Seymour and Mr. Supric. (both retired a few years ago) Tom Seymour always provided hands-on learning and he inspired me to be creative. John Supric cared about students and provided me with opportunities to take on leadership roles. I applaud both of them for their dedication to children! Part of the reason I am who I am today is because of them.

--by A Deaborn Teacher on 3/24/07   Lives: Michigan  

Mr. Tom Derda, Science teacher at Lowrey Jr. High in the early-mid 70's. Funny guy, demanded and received respect. Didn't take any crap from anybody-got the smart alecks out of the room so we could focus on learning. Guy enjoyed what he did and you couldn't help but learn while in his class. I'll never forget him. Wish all my teachers were as funny, friendly, and demanding as he was.

--by Ron in TC on 10/28/07   Lives: Michigan  

Tom Seymour at Whitmore was my buddy. I was really depressed back in 4th grade I had lost my friends from earlier grades and became an outcast, but we shared a love of animals. For earth day back in '94 we made a life size chalk drawing of a blue whale.

--by Jessie Mason on 1/31/08   Lives: USA  

Hi Mr. Gibb,
I came across your site by accident looking for some sort of information on the McDonald School Murals and started watching your video. The stories were so charming especially the fact that you are Lowery from Little Women. I enjoyed this. Thank you

--by Jeanan on 2/14/13   Lives: Dearborn  

I have fond memories of my years as a kid in Dearborn. My 6th grade teacher, Mr. Kedzo seemed like a giant back then. Some of the guys and I would act up and he would carry us by the shoulders with his strong hands all the way to the gym where he had a paddle with holes in it-ouch !! Mom died that year and we moved. I never connected with my friends again but for sure we will all remember Mr. Kedzo. He was at least 6'-6" and he loved to teach. We learned about respect, sportsmanship, and life that year...

--by Dave O. on 2/14/13   Lives: Detroit area  

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