That Teacher

That Teacher

I think we all have one. A teacher who impacted us in a way that we are forever different than what we would have been. A teacher who thought we could do more than we believed we could do. A teacher who inspired a bit of fear in us that we later came to call respect. A teacher who set a high standard and then helped us meet it. A teacher who taught more than the required material—because information came second to wisdom in their thinking. A teacher who forever lives in the balcony of our mind and always calls us upward.

I went to the funeral of such a teacher the other day. His name is Michael Moredock. I never sat in his classroom. But I heard what students said about him for 8 years before brain cancer forced his retirement and then took his life 3 years later. They complained to me, the university president, about how hard he was in the classroom. Demanding, they said. Unreasonable, they said.  Tough as nails, they said. Doc Moredock was an administrator and teacher in our Physicians Assistant program, a graduate program that fills the world with emergency room physicians, primary care office doctors, and surgical assistants. Trevecca established the first PA program in TN and regularly has 800 applications for 50 seats. The program is rigorous, demanding, and not for the faint of heart.

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