I just reconnected with my high school English teacher on Facebook. She is particularly close to a group of us who graduated in 1988, because she taught us in 7th grade, 9th grade, then senior year. I wouldn't call myself a great writer, but I'm no slouch. I attribute a great deal of my success to my writing skill. I may be missing a lot of commas, but if I were any better, I might have ended up being a grammar Nazi copy editor.
It is great to be able to reconnect with someone who taught you a great deal of vocabulary and style, and thank them for it. Reading is much more fun when you don't have to write a book report. I hated book reports back then. Presently, when I read a book I like, I go on and on about it.