“Mr Timms” – thank you! Your style – your combination of knowledge, teaching skills and discipline (not to mention humour) – made me realise that the only thing that would hold me back was my willingness to work. Our paths might have diverged in one sense – you becoming Gen. Sec. of the Labour Party and me an aspiring National Party candidate – but I remain ever grateful for having had you as my teacher. Best wishes.
You took me from a previous teacher’s comments “he’ll never pass School C math” to an A grade. Even more you made maths interesting. I didn’t realise it at the time, but your best teaching of all was probably “don’t listen to what other people say you can’t do.” Extremely lucky to have had you as a teacher and have never forgotten the difference you made. Thank you!