Transcript: Patrick McKeena "Supply teacher" | Jun 04, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "Patrick McKenna. Actor."

Patrick McKenna is in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven with combed brown hair. He wears a light brown jacket and brown shirt.

Patrick says I GUESS IT WAS IN 1968.
I WAS IN GRADE 3 AND WE HAD A
SUPPLY TEACHER, Mrs. TOKAR
WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW
UP ON THESE ASSIGNMENTS
THAT Mrs. MATCHUKUNIS
HAD GIVEN US,
BUT I WAS JUST
NOT DOING IT.
SO SHE GAVE ME THE
OPPORTUNITY
TO DO ANY PROJECT
I WANTED.

He sits talking as pictures of classrooms and schoolchildren in a blue shade flash by behind him.

He continues AND I NEVER BELIEVED
THAT JUST DOING RESEARCH
WAS GOING TO BE FUN,
BECAUSE I WAS DOING IT ON
ELVIS PRESLEY AND MUSIC AND ALL
THESE OTHER THINGS I LOVED.
I COULDN'T BELIEVE I
GOT TO LISTEN TO ALBUMS
AND ANALYZE LYRICS.
I HADN'T EVEN LISTENED TO
MUSIC THAT WAY BEFORE
UNTIL I WAS
ASSIGNED TO DO IT.
IT WAS THE FIRST
THING I EVER PASSED.
AND I GOT TO PRESENT IT
IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL
AND READ MY PROJECT
AND BE THERE PROUD.
AND IT WAS AMAZING
BECAUSE SHE LEFT,
AND I NEVER GOT TO
SEE HER AGAIN
SHE WAS THERE FOR LIKE
FOUR DAYS, Mrs. TOKAR.
AND SHE PROBABLY INSPIRED ME
MORE IN THOSE EIGHT YEARS
THAN ANY OTHER TEACHER
IN THE SCHOOL.
I NEVER SAW HER AGAIN.
AND IT WAS JUST A
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
THAT ONE WEEK.

A final slate reads "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. Carl Jung. TVO where education matters."

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