Flashback Friday: Second Grade

Miss Numer's 2nd grade 1974-75
Can you pick out Soupy Meg in this composite?

I found four elementary school class photos in a box of stuff this week.  The one above was second grade in the paleolithic era 1974-75.  The teacher, Miss Numer, recently retired from 40 years teaching second graders in our school district.

Sadly, Miss Numer died from cancer a few weeks ago. The online guestbook from her obituary includes comments that reflect the lasting impact she had on countless children, including the kids of some of her first students:

The year was 1972, and I was so excited to find out that I would have Miss Numer for 2nd grade… I can still see her long wavy red-orange hair molded around her gentle face and big glasses…29 years later, my daughter had the honor of being taught 2nd grade by…Miss Numer. …What a blessing it has been to have our lives touched by her.

Joan ‘Miss’ Numer had a huge impact on who I am today, as well as all the other students she impacted over her forty years of teaching. She entered my life as my second grade teacher. I always remember her as a kind, caring, and truly dedicated teacher who would do all in her power to ensure her students’ success.

My daughter and I are fortune to call Miss Numer our favorite teacher. Her ability to make each student feel like the most important person in the room for 40 years is remarkable.

I can’t help but remember how friendly, calm and admirable Miss Numer was. Not only was she teaching when I was in grade school but my son had the pleasure of getting to know her as well.

I myself have vivid memories of her classroom. It was situated at the top of the stairs, next to the girls’ bathroom, in the “old” elementary school building.  I can picture it as plain as day, though the building’s been gone for decades.  I remember beginning to learn cursive in her class. I also remember the life-lessons – no pushing in line and all that.

In high school, I joined a club geared towards encouraging students to pursue teaching as a career. I was lucky to spend time assisting Miss Numer in her second grade class. Although the elementary classrooms were now located in a brand-new school building, Miss Numer was the same teacher I remembered.  She took great interest in nurturing students throughout their school years.

8 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Second Grade

  1. So sorry to hear of her passing, but it sounds as though she had a huge impact on many people’s lives.

    I’ll say you’re the third row from the top, first picture. I had to double click it to see it properly. Two words: polka dots?

    The ’70’s were well known for their plaids and polyester but I don’t recall so many girls wearing polka dots. Even Ms. Numer had them.

  2. Oh I wasnt born in 1974-75 …

    I was born WAAAAY before that … so long before the years didnt have numbers yet

    BUT I did have a teacher like Miss Numer, a wonderful supportive nuturing woman called Miss Josephberg

  3. I had just graduated high school and had already moved out of the house. **sigh**

    Sorry to hear of her passing, but what an influence she made on so many little ones’ lives. Very nice.

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