I loved my teachers at Van Nuys Junior and Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles — especially in the music department where they taught me discipline and creativity. I vividly recall many of the life lessons I learned in school.
Ms. St. Jean taught music, choir, and square dancing in grade school. Mr. Pontrelli was my orchestra teacher in junior high, a gentle soul who quietly commanded a huge group of aspiring musicians. Mr. Seymour, who taught drama, speech and debate, always stretched us beyond our comfort zone. Ms. Alma Marshall, who headed up the dance and cheerleading department in high school, taught me routines I can still remember.