I had the honor of having Jim Taravella as my English teacher for two straight years - 7th and 8th grade. The man made English one of the more enjoyable classes that I had during the week.
He had a warm personality that made you feel better during and after his class. He will be sorely missed. It is hard to believe that he has been gone 4 years now.
Good by Jim - I hope you are doing well where you are now.
I never had Mr. Taravella, but I really wish I did. I read these great things about him and know that he truly touched so many people's hearts. I was in 7th grade when he passed away and I was so excited to have him next year, as I always loved english. I remember the one time he came into my 6th grade class to read he was so passionate. I wish I could have experienced this man in a more one-on-one experience. I knew you through my brother, who played bball. I miss you even though you didnt kno me, R.I.P.
I am 35 so I had him a long time ago and he was one of the teachers I remember
I had Mr.T the year he passed and the minute i found out i thought it was a joke considering he was known for that sorta thing. Then it hit me, i immediatley broke down crying and english was NEVER the same anymore. i still have your gray coupons framed on my window sill, i will never forget you. "nothing gold can stay."
The most amazing teacher ever. He really made class fun with his Wall of Shame and making us recreate 12 Angry Men. He will remain in everyones hearts forever. We miss you Mr.T !!!
Mr. T was the best teacher EVER! He got into our hearts like no other teacher did and he will always be remembered!
Mr T I feel blessed to have gotten to know you you brightened every day and always put a smile on everyones face your name is known in the school for being the greatese ,funniest and most caring teacher ever i will always remember you ans will never forget your dedication to your students ,your sense of humor and most important your never ending love for life. I MISS YOU AND I ALWAYS WILL. love a friend and a student
Mr. Taravella I am so glad that I was able to have you as a teacher. You really helped me grow as an individual and as an aspiring writer. I wish we could have had more time with you. and you should know that you are the most amazing teacher ever. We will all miss you. and none of us will ever forget you. You were such a funny teacher and you made everything fun even grammar. You have made a huge impact on every student that you met's life. R.I.P. anonymous U
i never had mr taravella but ive onyl heard the most amazing things about him, so he must have been really amazing.
He was the Best teacher We are so lucky we got to meet you!!!!!!
James Taravella will always be remembered as a great guy. My daughter loved him. He was a great teacher to have.
Mr.Taravella, You are the best teacher a student can have, I am so thankful that I got to know you, even though you weren't really my teacher. If your reading this know on your computer in heaven, please know that you are hilarious and you truly understand what goes on in the middle school. We all miss you here at school and everywhere else! Thank you for everything!!!! -anomonyous E 2006-2007
Mr. James Taravella. I found you to be the most amazing teacher that I have ever come into contact with. You are a wonderful person who truly understands the needs of the adolescent heart. I found you to be funny, wise, and most of all a father figure. My heart continuously wanted to show you my true colors through my poetry. I wanted to show you my art as an actor. Though I may never see you smile upon me, I will always remember you. Thank you Father English... For everything. -Benjamin Abraham 2006-2007
I love you Mr.T. you were the most amazing teacher ever.
Mr. T , your were fricken amazing, you told me i had no friends but you were wrong. you were one of my favorite teachers & we didnttttttt startttttttt the fire.i truly miss you alot & you were def. my favorite teacher<33 you were amazing, & you should know thattt.
AWW SO SAD Mr.T ... i cant say it to sad i knew him trough my teach but he was THE BAES Mr.T REST IN PEACE
im only in seventh grade but i have met him and he's awesome we all miss him sooooooooooo much!!! WE LOVE YOU MR. T
Mr. T is the best ELA teacher eber. I know we all miss him but I can see him now just saying "come on this is boring"he wouldnt want us to cry about his death he wants the best for his students. We LOVE YOU MR TARAVELLA!!!! R.I.P. Father English! <3
i didn't really no him but i did see him alot and he was the man R.I.P.
mr. taravella we all loved you ! i miss you so uch ! R.i.p
he was the best teacher anyone could ever have, and it's a shame no one else will ever experience his classes or even his wall of shame. R.I.P.
Mr. Taravella is the best teacher out there and hes a really funny guy
Mr. Travella wasn't my teacher. He was my JV basketball coach and good friend. One of the greatest, most sincere people I have ever met.
He was soo cool. He is really funny. His classes were never boring. He even made grammar funny!
best teacher ive ever had!... hes so cool and he is very easy
GOD I LOVE HIM..he's the most amazing teacher i was NEVER EVER bored in his class once :-) just an amazing teacher that does a GREAT Job
wow mr. T ur completely awesome...i have to say...ur my most favorite teacher i ever had in junior high i will visit you next year :-)
wow... 2 years ago t was my english teacher... he really rocks out loud. makes learning fun and exciting and scares 6th graders by throwing skulls out of the window.. great times
hes my teacher this year...best teacher ever!! sooo funny...the pics in his classroom r funnaayy makes ELA fun and is obsessed with essays...im gonna miss him so much...awesomeeeee
awesome!!!!!!!! great teacher. the best i ever had. gives out lots of writing assignments, but he is still the best. PS: i didnt know u were that old! jk T
MR.T was had so much fun i loved his stories and the wall of shame!!! last year our musical rock!!!
Mr.T is soo awsome best english teaacher I've ever had!
Oh my Goodness I loved Him sooooo much!! He isd the best teach4er ever!! He is sooo funny!! even though i never got on his wall of shame!! lol!!
the greatest teacher ever in the world!!!! i hated english last year so i did horrible in it, this year i love it n i have straight A+'s. he makes learning fun!
Mr. Taravella was awesome! He was my teacher from 9/84 - 6/86... Needless to say I majored in English years later in college. Go Mr. T!
best english teacher ever, he makes everything so much fun and he is so nice and funny i love him
MR TARRAVELLA IS THE GREATEST!! i miss his class so much! Special K mcnamara
it was the greatest class ever. he made LA fun and he was a really funny guy. he always played pranks and bothered ms.manno it was a great year
NEVER RETIRE! You and McEwen are undescribable! You are the best english teacher ever, and everything that you did was amazing and I'll always miss you!!!!
mr. t was an awesome teacher...always made us laugh and wondering what he was gonna do next...great times with him fighting with manno
Mr. Taravella is awesome! I had him two years ago and loved his class. He's so funny, makes everything interesting, and you can tell he really cares!
Mr. Taravella is the best advisor in the building. i love havin him as my advisor. he makes u laugh a lot just by screamin 1 word
My sister jess says that Mr. Taravella is the coolest especially when he put up pictures of her and Mike Lyons being together (HE WAS LYING!!!!).
Taravella is a gr8 teacher to have especially when he does whatever he can do 2 get our attention. He keeps us laughing especially w/ his disputes w/ Ms.Manno.
He is a very good teacher to have, he makes learning fun.