I thought we’d stick with the “new school year” theme and give some thought and praise to teachers this week. As for naming my favorite teacher, this is a difficult one for me to answer. I had a lot of very good teachers, and even a few great ones. But, the teacher I always tend to think of first when I remember the teachers I’ve had over the years is Mr. Gantner in elementary school. He was such a nice man, engaging and quick-witted, and always encouraged us to think creatively. His class was challenging and a bit unconventional, and it kept me on my toes. I also remember most, if not all, of my fellow classmates from Mr. Gantner’s class. That’s not the case with any other class or school year. His class was memorable, and that was due solely and wholly to his effectiveness as a teacher. Not every one gets an opportunity to have a teacher like Mr. Gantner, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones.