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Retro Appreciation for RFH English Teacher Bob Berberich

RFH English teacher Bob Berberich

The following tribute on Teacher Appreciation Week to an RFH teacher who has passed, Bob Berberich, was originally published in 2015.

They’re the teachers who taught us how to communicate effectively, appreciate the English language and even motivate certain writers (ahem) to write — English teachers.

In keeping with our Teacher Appreciation Week theme of honoring unique RFH teachers who have passed, today we look back to the lessons learned from Bob Berberich.

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Retro Appreciation for a Tres Bon RFH French Teacher

Joseph Guillory circa 1970s
Joseph Guillory circa 1970s

C’est toute bien.

It’s all good. That’s how things were in Monsieur Guillory’s class at RFH back in the 1970s.

The patient, kind and slightly goofy guy who taught the honors French class for many years is gone. But, no, his students and former colleagues have not forgotten him.

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Retro Teacher Aide Appreciation & Antics

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. And, as an ode to all good teachers, thoughts turn to the good folks with involuntarily warped senses of humor helping them out and keeping the class in line … or a little less in teachers’ way — aides. They were the unofficial mentors of our school days.

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Retro Appreciation for RFH Social Studies Teacher Dewey Robinson

Former RFH Social Studies teacher and coach Dewey Robinson coaching track. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
Former RFH Social Studies teacher and coach Dewey Robinson coaching track.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

By Elaine Van Develde

He was known as a very cool dude and great teacher. He was Dewey Robinson.

He taught Social Studies at RFH and he coached.

By popular demand, Dewey Robinson is our Retro Pic of the Day in ode to deceased RFH teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Boy, was he popular — and rightly so.

The man was just so totally cool, interesting and knowledgeable and he spread that wealth of good attitude and lessons to be learned on with finesse.

He died suddenly at 58 in 2008.

I did not have the pleasure of having Dewey Robinson as a teacher or coach (because I was always way too uncoordinated to play any sport). But I do remember him well. No RFH student could miss all that coolness in one teacher.

He just had a profound look of compassion in his eyes at all times — an empathetic one. He cared and it showed. He had a real relatable demeanor. Dewey Robinson had no trouble connecting with anyone. You didn’t have to know him to know that.

The evidence was always there, in the students he taught and coached, passing a bit of himself on to them always.

Dewey’s mom, Jeanetter Crowell, died not too long ago, him having pre-deceased her, regrettably.

She, too, was remembered for her sweetness and compassion.

“What a great teacher Dewey was and there is always a strong and wonderful woman behind every great and wonderful man,” Tamera Partington Dinklage said on the Fair Haven Facebook page when the death of Dewey’s mom was announced.

RIP, Dewey Robinson. You were appreciated. Thanks for paying your coolness forward.