Mrs. Irene D. Lee our dear music teacher

Contributor: Tara Popp

Mrs. Irene D. Lee, a former music at SAHS for 20+ years, would always make a bet with her classes at the beginning of the…

Topic: Education, Music, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Mrs. Irene D. Lee, a former music at SAHS for 20+ years, would always make a bet with her classes at the beginning of the school year.  Her bet is that she can name every single students by the end of the first week.  If she misses even a single student, her promise was to buy the class Baskin-Robbins 31 ice cream cones.  In all her years as a teacher, she succeeded in naming every students in her classes, but there was a year when she almost lost her bet.

When the 2006 school year rolled around, she readied herself to tackle the challenge of naming every single kid in Concert Band, her biggest class each year, which averaged to 70 musicians by the time she had retired.  She went around the room, naming every single kids until she came upon a student, and there was a complete silence.  We all waited, our own breaths held in, to see if this was the year she’d finally buy us ice cream.  A few more seconds passed and she uttered the student’s name.

It was correct.  We all lost out on the ice cream, but we all had a good laugh at how Mrs. Lee almost fumbled over the kid’s name.  The reason she did was because the kid had a Korean name on the attendance roster, but he goes by an English name.  The two different name threw her off for those seconds, but she pulled through in the end.

Even today, when I think about this memory, I giggle at how close she was to buying us all ice cream.  This is a fun memory of our beloved music teacher, who could name and remember every single students she had.