In Memory

Grace Miriam E. Kinner

Miss Kinner passed away in 1984.  Her final resting place is in Lakeview Cemetery located in Penn Yan, NY.



 
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10/27/11 03:49 AM #19    

Kathy Hamilton (Small) (1969)

Ms. Kinner, boy does that bring back memories.  I think my brother had taken Biology from her (he graduated in 1960) and I bet she was a legend back then.  I can recall having several "discussions" with her.  One in particular was after cheerleading try outs she asked me "Why would you want to be a cheerleader, don't you think it is more important to study?"  I think my answer was something like "Well we don't have sports for girls so why not?"  She apparently didn't like my answer.  The next time we had lab she insisted on using a strand of my hair for an experiment which showed all the bacteria.  Since I washed my hair every day back then (probably in lieu of doing Biology homework) I was embarrassed.  She probably thought I needed to be taken down an notch - she was probably right.

I didn't enjoy the class but it is the one I remember the most.  She would have been proud that so many of us went into education. 


12/28/11 04:44 PM #20    

Laura Bogen (1974)

I really enjoyed Ms. Kinner's introductory lecture on classroom management. Her impersonation of students chewing gum in different ways was very entertaining and her explanation of how a piece of gum might ruin one of her new, $300 a piece, microscopes was rational.  I heard she spoke Japanese fluently and that Jacques Cousteau did her photography work for her research on barrier reef in Australia.  I never thought of her as lonely, and I thought it was weird, but cool that she kept her little, white poodle in her back room.  Paris Hilton move over!!  If she kept a diary, and I'm pretty sure someone like her would have, I bet we would discovered that she was a lot hipper than we thought.  I'm just sorry that I dropped her class at the semester, in retrospect I wish I had taken her for all 4 years instead of P.E.

 


12/29/11 11:16 AM #21    

Shaun Baggott (1976)

I took Biology II with Ms. Kinner in 75/76. I think she had to make the class up as she went. But we did alot of unusual things, including using the "Kinner quadrate" to survey plant life and blood typing our own blood samples. I remember practically nothing of biology, but it has been over 30 years. She did make a big impression, though. She called something greater out of her students.

 

 


02/06/12 01:14 PM #22    

Jane Thorlin (Fields) (1968)

Remembering..."Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. " 38 years later!!

Thanks to the one and only Miss Kinner.!!


03/08/12 10:31 AM #23    

Roxanne Rohles (Janson) (1981)

I have several memories of Grace Miriam Kinner, but the most important to me was the look of relief and joy on her face when she saw that one of her students was OK after hearing that he was not, and that, though she was a very difficult teacher, she graded on the material that she presented -- usually, "all" you had to do was study and learn everything that had been given to you, including the methods.  The most annoying teachers to me have always been the ones who expected you to guess what they were thinking.

I did not like some of her methods of trying to get kids to try harder, though.  I was reminded of her about 10 years later when I worked with a man from Japan who was truly the best in the world in his field (actually, in a few fields - amazing).  He was very hard In his dealings with a brilliant younger, American-raised man.  The younger man confided to me that "he hates me and I'm not going to put up with this abuse anymore".  Earlier, the older Japanese man had confided to me that the younger one showed the most promise of anyone he'd ever met and "could one day do great things", but "no matter how much I yell at him and tell him what he's doing wrong, he doesn't seem to appreciate it and try harder".  I had a flashback to Ms. Kinner, and I wonder if she was using a little bit of the same methods.  (Of course, I tried to help the two men understand each other better, and suggested other ways of inspiring, but in that case, I was unsuccessful.  They simply could not believe that each other could act that way and care as much as they did.)

Still, we learned a great deal from Ms. Kinner, including that a high level of performance is what is expected and should be the norm.  No matter that some teachers might let you get away with mediocrity, in Ms. Kinner's class, "Do your best" really meant your BEST.  It meant "Do it perfectly.  I know you can, even if you don't think you can, so no excuses.  Don't waste our time or yours with half-hearted attempts.  Be great at what you do."  That approach has served me well over the years.  Maybe Nike (Just Do It) learned from her.


03/05/13 03:43 PM #24    

Barbara Lloyd (Menlen) (1961)

I never had her as a teacher.  By the time I got to Zama I had finished the classes she taught, but she took note eof our family because we came to Zama from Detroit Michigan, her home town.  My freshman year in college (Seishin Joshi Daigakuin in Tokyo) I ended up in the hospital in Sagami Ono at the same time she was there for something.  She had the nurse bring me a can of her private stash of Vernor's  Ginger Ale, a product that could only be purchased in Detroit at the time.  It was the most marvelous treat!!


04/14/14 11:21 AM #25    

Joe Sausnock (1977)

I had Ms. Kinner for advanced biology my senior year b/c I thought I was going to become a marine biologist so I could scuba dive for a living.  At any rate, I transferred to Zama my senior year and after a few weeks she suggested I re-take regular biology b/c I needed a better foundation.  There was no debating or discussing this move.  I was so motivated to prove her wrong that I aced her class and in the meantime, found out what a truly caring and deeply personal teacher she was.  She was by far my favorite teacher at ZHS and I will always have fond memories of her both in and out of school.  She loved teaching and pushed her students harder than any of the other teachers b/c her life was all about being a techer.  RIP Grace Miriam Kinner.....you will always be remembered for making a difference.


04/15/14 06:17 AM #26    

Diana Childers (Rodgers) (1974)

Miss Kinner is the only teacher I remember from ZHS.  She was tough but enjoyed teaching so much.  I remember dissecting worms and frogs.  Yuck!


06/30/15 10:09 PM #27    

Dave Gillespie (1964)

I am deeply grateful to Grace Miriam Ella Kinner.  In '60-'61 as a freshman I took her biology class.  I learned much from the class.  But I also became interested in taking photos through a microscope outside of class and she greatly encouraged that effort.  Simple microscope and a brownie box camera to start, but I took some great photos.  For that effort she created The Grace A Kinner Memorial Biology award which I was the first recipient.  Biology did not become the center of my life.  But the lesson that when you put your heart into something you can do great things has helped me all my life.  You can find Miss Kinner's photo as a teacher in every yearbook from 1959 to 1980.  What a span of service to so many people.  The 1964 yearbook was dedicated to her.  I have posted all these yearbook photos and some college yearbook photos I have found in familysearch.org.  Go there, sign up for a free account, and search for person  LK3B-KH4

Thank you Miss Kinner.


09/03/15 11:25 PM #28    

James Hazelrigs (1966)

Grace Kinner was the ultimate educator.  She was not necessarily warm to her students, but she always held them to tasks for the expectations she layed out in the beginning of each class.  I learnd so very much from her.   Few knew that she was a personal friend of Emporer Hirohito.  They both shared a love of the study of aquatic creatures.  WE saw several pictures of them together in the inland sea; two very contented looking folks.  We all bitched and moan about her and what she made us do...all the time.  BUT only after I passed her class did I realize that she was totally brilliant  in her teaching, and caused us to learn things we would normally have rejected,  GOD truly blessed us so that we could have her in our lives.  What a gal !!!


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