Transcript: Joe Motiki "Mrs. Percy" | May 29, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "Joe Motiki. Host of ‘TVO Kids.'"

Joe Motiki is in his mid-twenties, clean-shaven with a shaved head. He wears a yellow and black sport T-shirt.

Joe says Miss PERCY, MY GRADE
ONE TEACHER,
WAS A GREAT INFLUENCE.
BECAUSE, EVEN THOUGH I
WAS JUST 6 YEARS OLD
AT THE TIME, SHE WAS
ABLE TO TAKE ME ASIDE
AND TO SAY, YOU
KNOW WHAT, JOSEPH,
DO WHAT YOU WANT TO
DO, BE CREATIVE,
BE CONSCIOUS OF OTHERS
IN THE CLASSROOM,
WHICH IS A FUNNY LITTLE
LESSON WHEN YOU'RE 6.

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

He continues YOU FIGURE, OH, YEAH, OTHER
PEOPLE IN THE CLASSROOM...
BUT, THOSE PEOPLE
ARE IMPORTANT.
THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN YOUR LITTLE
MINI COMMUNITY.
IT'S FUNNY TO THINK
BACK WHEN YOU'RE 6,
BUT NOW BEING 26, THOSE
LESSONS STILL HOLD TRUE.
I HAVE A COMMUNITY
THAT I'M A PART OF,
I HAVE PEOPLE
THAT I WORK WITH,
AND IT IS ALWAYS
IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND
THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE
THINGS THAT I WANT TO DO
CREATIVELY AND OTHER WAYS,
I HAVE TO BE CONSCIOUS
THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE
THAT I'M WORKING WITH.
SO, EVEN A LITTLE LESSON
TO LEARN BACK IN 1979,
STILL HOLDS TRUE IN 1999.

A final slate reads "Successful teachers are surpassed by their pupils. Anonymous. TVO where education matters."

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