Stephen Visits His Favorite Teacher


TALKING ABOUT DONOR’S CHOOSE
AND, AGAIN, LAST YEAR, I HELPED FUND EVERY CLASSROOM PROJECT IN
SOUTH CAROLINA IN A SINGLE DAY (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED LATER AND THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY
IS SOME OF THE PROJECTS WE FUNDED WERE AT MY ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL, THE ONE I WENT TO WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID, AND IT’S STILL
THERE. THAT REALLY BROUGHT BACK
MEMORIES FOR ME BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE MY LIFE WAS CHANGED. FOREVER IN FOURTH GRADE BY MY
TEACHER, MISS KATSOS. SO I WENT BACK TO MY ACTUAL
CLASSROOM AT STILES POINT ELEMENTARY AND SAT DOWN WITH
MISS KATSOS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS. JIM? ♪
>>STEPHEN! OH, MY GOODNESS!>>Stephen: HI, MS. KATSOS! OH, GOODNESS!>>Stephen: I’M SO SO GLAD
TO SEE YOU. MRS. KEELING IS YOUR NAME NOW.>>YES.>>Stephen: DO YOU MIND IF I
CALL YOU MS. KATSOS? EVERYONE HAS ONE TEACHER THAT
MEANS MORE THAN ANYONE IN THEIR CHILDHOOD AND YOU WERE IT FOR
ME. YOU WERE MY TEACHER OF TEACHERS
AND YOU KNEW ME WHEN I WAS STEVE COL-BERT.>>I DID. THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: WHAT CAN YOU TELL
ME ABOUT THAT NINE OR TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO YOU TAUGHT
FOR ONE YEAR IN THE EARLY 1970s? WHO’S STEVE COL-BERT, HOW ABOUT
THAT?>>ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS
I’VE EVER TAUGHT AND VERY CLEVER, AND YOUR VOCABULARY WAS
BEYOND. IT WAS AMAZING.>>Stephen: PLEASE, GO ON,
DON’T BE PARSIMONIOUS. (LAUGHTER)
>>I REMEMBER YOU WERE AN AVID READER.>>Stephen: I DID. I LIKED TO READ. DO YOU SEE ANY OF HIM IN ME NOW?>>THERE’S STILL A LOT OF BOY IN
YOUR, STEPHEN. YOU LOVE LIFE, ENJOY PEOPLE AND
YOU WERE DRAMATIC A BIT, SO THE DRAMA STILL COMES OUT. (LAUGHTER)
>>Stephen: YOU GAVE ME A SPECIAL TEST AFTER SCHOOL ONE
DAY IN THE SPRING, I THINK, OF 1974. I REMEMBERED FOR MANY YEARS
ANSWERING FASTER THAN YOU COULD PUSH THE TIMER TO START IT AND
MAKING YOU LAUGH.>>OH, YES.>>Stephen: AND WANTING TO
MAKE YOU LAUGH AGAIN TO SEE IF I COULD MAKE YOU LAUGH EVERY TIME
BY HOW FAST I COULD ANSWER THE QUESTION. YOU RECORDED ME.>>I RECORDED IT ON A LITTLE
CASSETTE. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL TAPE AND I
EVEN LABELED IT STEPHEN COLBERT. ♪
>>ALL RIGHT, WE’LL MOVE TO THE NEXT TEST NOW. AND THIS ONE IS GOING TO BEMATE. IF I CUT AN APPLE IN HALF, HOW
MANY PIECES WILL I HAVE?>>YOU WILL HAVE TWO.>>Stephen: A LITTLE FAST. JOHN HAD FOUR PENNIES AN HIS
MOTHER GAVE HIM TWO MORE. HOW MANY PENNIES DID HE HAVE
ALTOGETHER?>>SIX. YOU’RE TOO FAST! (LAUGHTER)
♪>>Stephen: I CAN’T BELIEVE
YOU SAVED THAT TAPE ALL THESE YEARS.>>I DID.>>Stephen: I HATE TO
DISAPPOINT YOU. I DID NOT HAVE THE GREATEST
ACADEMIC CAREER AFTER YOU. YOU WERE THE LAST TEACHER I
TRIED FOR.>>AS IT TURNED OUT, EVERYTHING
CAME OUT WONDERFUL.>>Stephen: EVERYTHING CAME
OUT JUST FINE. SO THE LESSON WE’RE TRYING TO
TELL KIDS OUT THERE IS YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE TO APPLY YOURSELF.>>WELL…>>Stephen: NO, WE GOT IT. I THINK THAT’S THE LESSON. BEFORE WE GO. WOULD YOU DO ONE THING FOR ME?>>WOULD BE GLAD TO.>>Stephen: WOULD YOU GIVE ME
THIS?>>OH, STEPHEN, YOU ARE A STAR. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
LOVE YOU, STEPHEN.

100 thoughts on “Stephen Visits His Favorite Teacher”

  1. Wait so that was his 4th grade teacher? She was asking math questions that (I aide for a 1st grade teacher right now) literally 1st graders could answer

  2. That is so cool for him to go back and visit his favorite teacher. Love it. I've always told my favorite teachers in the past that they left an impression on me. I had several favorite teachers, of course junior and senior high we had several classes, so more to choose from.  I always try to have my kids let their teacher know what am impact they've made on them.  Teachers do love to hear that. Even if they can reach one child a year, it really does make a difference.

  3. What  sweet and thoughtfulness  on the part of  Stephen Colbert,  to remember his teacher and visiting her.  Very touching!

  4. This was soooo sweet, but did anyone else think that that math was ridiculously simple for a 9 year old or is that just the pace at which American kids learn?

  5. Guys, guys! That is Mrs. Keeling was my third grade teacher! This is the exact same teacher I had! Oh my god, she was amazing! I mean I knew that Stephen and I both went to Stiles Point over thirty years apart, but this is just really cool to think we had the same teacher. I had Mrs. Keeling two years before she retired, and I feel honored to have had her, just because she is such a great woman and helped me through some trough points in my life as a young kid. Love you Mrs. Keeling! And you as well Stephen! You both are so awesome!

  6. You can invite big stars and produce virals for youtube every week. Stephen goes his own way with this show. This is a great example for his style of Late Night. Love it.

  7. I want to Stiles Point during elementary school. They tore down the old building and put a new one behind the old place (where the basketball courts were)

  8. ah little Estebancito Tyronecito Colbertito Chavesito WAS SUCH A TEACHER'S PET.. !!!TEACHER"S PET!!! !!!TEACHER"S PET!!! XO) HAHAHA… She seems like a very nice lady… If I were her,, I would have ESTEBAN AUTOGRAPHED THE TAPE, next make a copy of the CASSETTE. Lastly, I would EBAY THE HECK OUT OF THE ORIGINAL ONE… I bet she could get the $$$$$$ for an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO COZUMEL, BALI, HAWAII or some other exotic locale FROM IT.. hahahaha

  9. Colbert just showed his emotional side and yet made it funny..what a man….and for him to consider her as his favorite teacher…she must have been a truly special induvidual

  10. hmmm. Fourth grade. That would have been at Boulder Elementary in Billings MT for me. I can't remember who my teacher was.

  11. Teachers are amazing resources to our childhood and are awesome inspirational icons in our lives! Decreasing budget on education is the worst thing any country could do. This was so moving, she still remembered him and kept that tape after so many years.

  12. My 4th grade teacher was my favorite, and like SC, the last one I tried for. RIP Della Jo Rowan! I didn't finish high school or college, but I made bank anyway.

  13. does anyone else think those questions were too easy for grade 4? or is it we demand so much more from our kids these days

  14. if i cut a apple in half how many pieces do i have bro i dont think she means special in the same sense you do

  15. Very cute and touching segment. I love the cartoon when he has hearts in his eyes. Wouldn't it be great if more famous people honored their favorite teachers? Because one outstanding teacher can actually change the course of a kid's life.

  16. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/reading-adventure/2694012/?rf=link-siteshare-2017-08-teacher-teacher_3372442&challengeid=20704651 Please support my classroom!

  17. This is why we do our jobs, no matter how cranky we seem, no matter how many balls we bust, no matter how much the kids "hate" us, this is what we want

  18. Stephen is just the quintessential mentsch. The only celebrity I can think of who gave similar time and attention to showing his gratitude (publicly) to the people who were there before fame and success, is Mr. Rogers. (And no one can be held to the standard of Mr. Rogers)

  19. Aint no damn way that he hasn’t seen her in 40 years and that bitch “remembers" how he was like 40 years ago nope don’t believe it

  20. That is such a beautiful story. Funny enough I met my favourite former teacher two weeks ago and we haven't seen each other in 10 years (she's left my old school ages ago sadly). She arranged to visit London for a week from abroad and we decided to meet up. It was such a lovely reunion plus it was my wish to see her again. We're still continuing to keep in touch too

  21. I finally met my best teacher out of teachers and he’s retiring. I had him last year and I try to visit him as much as possible before he could possibly be gone forever and never cross paths again. 😔 Comment or like if you have a teacher that your really liked that was incomparable to other teachers.

  22. This is one of the sweetest interactions I have ever seen! ALL Love and Respect for 👩‍🏫TEACHERS 👨‍🏫 out there!!! Thank you for sharing! 😊 ❤️🕊🕯💫🐾🌎🐾✨🕯🕊❤️

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