Transcript: Manjusha Pavagi "Ms. Coltrinari" | May 06, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "Manjusha Pawagi. Writer."

Manjusha Pawagi is in her mid-thirties with short black hair. She wears a red cardigan and matching shirt.

Manjusha says WHAT I REMEMBER MOST
ABOUT GEORGES HENRI
WAS MADAME COLTRINARI,
MY FRENCH TEACHER,
BECAUSE SHE MADE
FRENCH SO FUN.
IT WAS THE MOST FUN I
REMEMBER HAVING AT SCHOOL.

She sits talking as pictures of schoolchildren in a blue shade flash by behind her.

She continues AND WHAT WAS INTERESTING
WAS THAT IT WASN'T EASY.
SHE WOULD HAVE
ALL THESE TESTS.
I THINK WE HAD MORE QUIZZES
THAT ANY OTHER CLASS.
THERE WOULD BE QUIZZES
PRACTICALLY DAILY.
THERE WERE ORAL
PRESENTATIONS AND
GROUP PROJECTS.
AND IT WAS THE FIRST
TIME I REALIZED
THAT'S WHAT WAS FUN.
TO BE CHALLENGED WAS
WHAT WAS REALLY FUN.
IT WAS MORE FUN
THAN SLACKING OFF.
AND I THINK THAT
WAS THE FIRST TIME
THAT OCCURRED TO ME
WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.
AND THE OTHER THING THAT
STOOD OUT ABOUT HER
WAS THAT SHE WAS
SO PASSIONATE
ABOUT WHAT SHE
WAS DOING.
SHE DIDN'T JUST TEACH
FRENCH, SHE LOVED IT.
AND I THINK THAT
STAYED WITH ME.
I'VE BEEN LOOKING,
SINCE THEN, I THINK,
FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU
LOVE DOING SO MUCH
THAT YOUR FAVOURITE
THING TO DO WOULD BE
TO TRY TO SHARE
IT WITH PEOPLE.

A final slate reads "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein. TVO where education matters."

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