With Marion Edington, my former Advanced Placement English high school teacher, 01.13
I recently fulfilled a longtime goal to find my Central High School Advanced Placement English teacher to share how much her great instruction impacted my life and my career. This Women's History Month, I am saluting Mrs. Marion Edington.
Mrs. Edington and I reunited Jan. 6 at her East Memphis home, for the first time since my graduation from Central.
The reunion more than met my expectations because she provided insight into her career and she allowed me to record her well-remembered saying, “Students, details students, Hershey Bar details.” Listen to her great wisdom. Mrs. Edington drummed that "mnemonic rule of thumb" into her students.
Her "Hershey Bar details" maxim embodies the essence of great writing. It underscores what sets award-winning writers, playwrights, journalists and communicators apart from the mundane.
She was a demanding teacher who asked us to reach for the world through literature, writing and grammar. I am thankful to her and to all of my teachers, guidance counselors, and principals at all of the Memphis City Schools I attended. Thank you for caring enough to teach, to instruct, to correct and to help. You made the difference!
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About the Author:
Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.