"Oz": teacher, mentor, friend

'Oz': teacher, mentor, friend

Say the word "teacher." The image it evokes reflects the experience you've had with them. Some people will have positive thoughts and some negative; most will have a mix of the two.

When I say that word (and I consider it to be a sacred word), there is one person who embodies it above all others: my high school English teacher with whom I'm friends to this day. I am now 55, and he continues to teach and inspire me.

If you were lucky enough to be in his class while attending Havre de Grace High School, the first thing you would have realized about Don "Oz" Osman was that he cared; he cared a lot.

It was evident that he was fulfilling his destiny by...