Obviously we can’t name all the teachers across the World, but we still want to say thank you! Thank you for everything you do for all of us when we are your students. You nurture us, teach us, and help us grow into the best possible big-people we can be! You’re amazing humans, your hard work and dedication is invaluable. There are no words to tell you ALL, the impact you have on the lives of millions of students across the UK alone! Love, the Get My Grades Team xo
Mr Arnold was teaching the ecclesiastical history of medieval England, not a topic which stands out as most thrilling. He had also taught Latin lower down the school. The wonderful thing about Mr Arnold, that stood out at A Level, was his astonishingly deep level of knowledge about not just his own subject but also other areas. He could discuss a twelfth century Archbishop as though he was a close friend and, in that same lesson, move on to talking about the intricate details of nuclear warfare. The abundance of detail and the masterful grasp of the subject has served as a model for me since.
Revd. Collier taught the other half of the course. He was also the school chaplain, famous for his periodic assemblies to the whole school, which combined a pertinent message with his famous props. In lessons, we would freely discuss the intricate details of medieval family trees, discussing William the Conqueror as though he were a modern politician. It seemed at times that we really had done no work at all, which was completely deceptive; we knew the relationships between early medieval royalty better than our own families and had an incredible grasp of the subject matter.
Yiannis’ resolute enthusiasm for analytic number theory was unparalleled by most: he perfectly illustrated the beauty of complex analysis (and beauty is a rather important concept for a mathematician!), and as a teacher, it was abundantly clear that he cared. One of his greatest attributes was his ability to instill passion and enthusiasm in his students: I would never assign the word ‘dull’ to any of his lectures, and his philosophy of teaching captivated and imbued the minds of his students with a great measure of respect for what we were learning.
There are other teachers who inspired me in similar ways: Leonid Parnovski – who supervised by masters project – also taught me various useful qualities that a mathematician should have, and was a fantastic mentor, whose experience in analysis was a powerful motivator. Richard Hill, whose Number Theory lectures and clever solutions had an unmatched degree of fluidity. Andrew Granville, whose unique style made his lectures on Elliptic Curves fascinating. All of these names have their own very distinct characters, but they have one thing in common: they love their subject, and I will forever be thankful for the experiences they gave to me.
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