Making a permanent impression since 1994
February 23, 2004
Teacher’s days are numbered
By Eric Simmons
Bristol Eastern High School accounting teacher Richard Ladisky
loves to travel and can’t wait until his retirement so he can make use of his maps.
Bristol accounting teacherRichard Ladisky is counting down the days to retirement.
After teaching 36 years atboth city public high schools, he has accomplished a lot.
Teaching students aboutaccounting, talking about his interests, and throwing in little jokes along the way, Ladiskycreated an enjoyable classroom environment.
He doesn’t teach strictly bythe book, but finds real-life examples to illustrate his points, including daily Dilbert cartoons.
Ladisky, a down-to-earth guywho teaches at both Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern high schools, loves accounting.
“Accounting is the backboneof the business world,” Ladisky said.
“Most jobs need someaccounting training in the business world.”
Ladisky isn’t only interestedin accounting.
He also serves as the city’sdirector of emergency management, a part-time job planning for natural disasters, and he teaches photography for Bristol’s adult education program.
But he’s made his biggestmark teaching thousands of students about accounting over the decades.
Ladisky takes a differentapproach from most teachers.
While most teachers getright to business when the bell rings, and stick close to the subject, Ladisky brings in Dilbert cartoons and news clippings every day to spur discussion.
“It’s a nice way to introducestudents to issues not in the books,” Ladisky said.
He said that he searches forcartoons that are relevant to the class.
Ladisky also asks the studentsabout their weekends and what they’re doing, to keep the class interesting as students talk about their lives.
Ladisky also talks about hisown life.
He said he loves dancing.
“The nightclub two-step” ishis favorite, Ladisky said, and he dances at all of the clubs and dance halls he can with his “other half.”
Ladisky sometimes evenshows students home videos of his dance lessons. He also has his own dance floor in his basement to practice his moves on.
Students find it interestingto see a teacher’s personal life rather than just the guy in the suit and tie that makes you read or solve math problems for 84 minutes every other day.
Ladisky tends to get right tothe point and keeps the students attention by throwing in little wisecracks and jokes.
If someone does somethingweird, Ladisky will make a face or mumble, to get students laughing.
He said he loves to see peoplehappy, laughing and having a good time.
Ladisky loves to travel.
He talks often about going tothe Maldives, located in Malaysia, as well Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, which houses the tallest skyscraper in the world.
Ladisky said he enjoys visitingplaces such as Bali, the Komodo Islands of Indonesia and Papua, New Guinea.
After he retires, Ladiskysaid, he intends to travel and he might teach dance.
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