Our Town with Grant Nickalls: Back to school


Each week, Huntsville’s own Grant Nickalls will inspire us, entertain us, make us laugh or perhaps cry, but always he will remind us why Huntsville is the best place on earth to call home.

This week in Our Town, Grant remembers the teachers who had the most impact on his young life. (Plus a quick update on Ray Porter.) Who had the most impact when you were in school?

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  1. Grant, as a “born and raised” Huntsvillian, I really enjoy and appreciate your Our Town vignettes. I am so old that my good friend and one of your favourite teachers, Baden Johns, was a year later than I at HHS. Your Mom and Dad (who were sweethearts even then) were also classmates of ours. Wonderful memories. We all still believe that growing up in Huntsville in those days really was the theme for “Happy Days”.
    I and several others, like Baden, became teachers because of the wonderful influence that some teachers had upon us. We believed that if we could have the effect on students that those special teachers had on us, it would be a wonderful career to follow.
    My inspirations were Bill Gough, who made history alive for us, and Louise Dickson, who was hard on me when she needed to be.
    Maybe some others will feel motivated to speak about that “special teacher” who made the difference in their lives.

  2. Thanks Grant. What a wonderful summer we have just enjoyed for 2016. Not much of a student, slept in class. I’d liked to thank some of my teachers who actually got me to learn something. Mrs. Henry, Miss Dunne, Mrs. Kellock, Mrs. Stewart, Mr. Laycock, Mr. Cronk, Miss Dickson, Ron Mason and Mr. Werry for music and the H.H.S Band. To all the other good teachers I had, it wasn’t your fault I was a snoozer. Good luck to all you students out there. Don’t be like me. Listen to your teachers.

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