the teacher who influenced me most was Pat Passloff, my painting professor in college. Also, Bob Chiles, my Religion and Psychology teacher. Also Herb Leibowitz, with the seashell hair and love of literature. Paul Covington for art history; Mike Cetta on the works of D.H. Lawrence.
In high school it was Miss Staus with her short skirts and straight hair -- English Lit -- a rare academic class in that fashion curriculum.
In elementary school it was Miss Handsburg with the thick legs and dark glasses. She introduced me to words.