Having been a teacher for many years, the setting of my novel came naturally to me: a school and, in particular, a grade seven classroom where an amalgamation of cultures and ideologies come together.
Mr. Donlevy is the well-respected teacher of the students. He is based on all the good teachers I ever had throughout my academic experience. He is excited about transferring knowledge to his students, but he gives them the opportunity to voice their opinions about the subject being discussed. He is not in love with his own voice; instead, he enjoys sitting back and hearing his students exchange information. He is the ultimate facilitator who listens well and does not try to indoctrinate anyone.
Mr. Theisen is the polar opposite of Mr. Donlevy. He is the principal who poses problems for Mr. Donlevy and his students. Yes, he is the reincarnation of an evil Norse god – he certainly has that going against him – but he does represent all of those truly bad teachers I had in school. His infatuation with power makes him very controlling, he intimidates both his staff and his students, and he does not want to listen to any concerns brought to him. After all, when one is a god who wants immortality, one tends to overlook the rule book of life. And he won’t care much about etiquette in the world of mortals.
Whenever Mr. Theisen comes into conflict with Mr. Donlevy and his students, there are always interesting developments.
What are some of the traits of your favorite teacher?