The Raven

I’m sorry if you stopped by to read a review of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. This isn’t that. What this IS though is a trip down Memory Lane. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Halloween memories.

When I was in the eighth grade I was in a group called the TEAM. I’m not sure what the purpose of this group was but the way it worked was, those who were in the “TEAM” only changed classes within the TEAM. There were four main teachers teaching the four core subjects, Math, English, History and Science. We traveled with the same students from class to class whereas the rest of the eighth graders changed classes all over the school. The TEAM stayed together all day until fifth period when we were allowed to choose one elective class outside of the TEAM. Now before you go assuming that this group of kids were separated based on intelligence or whatnot, (I’ve told you before, I was just in the regular classes, no advanced ones), there were ALL LEVELS in this group. Anyway, that’s the gist of the TEAM.

My Math teacher in the TEAM was Mr. Ramsuer Berry. Everyone loved him. And even though I was terrible at math, I really liked him. Every year on Halloween, all the teaches in the TEAM would dress up in costume. I don’t remember if students did or not. (I’m sure, being in the eighth grade, we felt we were beyond that).
Anyway, every year, Mr. Berry would dress up in a black tuxedo and white gloves. He would stand at the front of class and recite with all sorts of hand gestures and enthusiasm, The Raven. It was really incredible! It was awesome. And now, it impresses me so much that he was the math teacher, not the English teacher. Other teachers and students in the school would gather outside his classroom door in the hallways to listen and they would whoop and applaud when he was done.

So, that’s been on my mind today. I heard Thriller on the radio and was listening to Vincent Price do his part, then I remembered this that I found on Youtube a few years ago, and then thought of Mr. Berry.



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