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I do not remember when I learned how to write but I do remember the teachers and the subject matter that made me think and made me want to write what I was thinking Throughout my formal school education it was my English teachers who truly amazed me for it was they who taught me the tools I needed to write In high school I had a magnificent teacher named Mr Dawson I was fortunate enough to have him as my English teacher in my first year of high school He was a big burly Irish man with red hair and a very soft voice We read The Lord of the Flies Beowulf The Canterbury Tales The Catcher in the Rye Shakespeare and scores of others great pieces of literature Mr Dawson was similar to Mr Keating played by Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society He made characters come to life and helped us to see how the struggles characters go through in literature are the same ones that people struggle with from day to day He was so passionate about the literature we read that it was contagious We wanted to read more and write about what we were reading Mr Dawson also loved film and public speaking His classroom was covered with old movie posters His favorite hobby was to go into New York City to one of the big theaters and watch movies Hed talk about how the theater was set up what the carpet looked like how comfortable the seats were and of course how incredible the movie was He also loved watching the Golden Globes and the Oscars and we would spend a lot of time critiquing how the actors and actresses spoke and what they were wearing Very often hed use the Golden Globes and the Oscars as writing pieces in class Aside from being an excellent teacher he was also a great confidence booster I
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