Oprah and Mrs. Duncan
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Who was your favorite teacher? Was it the one who worked you the hardest, the one who gave you all the breaks, or the one who brought out the best in you?

Oprah's favorite is her fourth grade teacher at Wharton Elementary in Nashville. "I ran home the first day of the fourth grade to tell my dad I had the best teacher anybody could ever have. Her name was Mrs. Duncan," Oprah says. "I wanted to be a fourth grade teacher because of Mrs. Duncan."

Watch Oprah's emotional reunion with Mrs. Duncan.

Today Oprah learned something about Mrs. Duncan she never knew before—her first name is Mary!

Mrs. Duncan says Oprah was an ideal student, so gifted at reading that she impressed her fellow students, and never disrupted class by talking out of turn. "You were quiet, and furthermore, if anyone else was talking you would put your finger to your lips and remind them that you should be listening," she says. "And when a task was assigned you would look around to make sure everyone was following through."

"I always, because of you, felt I could take on the world. You did exactly what teachers are supposed to do, they create a spark for learning that lives with you from then on," Oprah says. "It's why I have a talk show today."
FROM: Favorite Teachers
Published on February 01, 1989

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