Esteemed KES teacher, coach calls it a day

Ashley Thompson
Published on June 24, 2012
King’s-Edgehill School’s Headmaster Joe Seagram recently presented esteemed coach Esther Mosher with a provincial award recognizing outstanding contributions to athletics
Ashley Thompson

Esther Mosher is bidding adieu to the King’s-Edgehill School with a heavy heart.

“I’m not leaving this job because I don’t want to do it anymore. It’s not like that. It’s sort of bittersweet,” the retiring history teacher explained in a recent interview.

After 35 years of teaching and coaching at the private school, Mosher is putting in her notice while she still loves what she does for a living. The logic behind this career move is simple; to teach the value of passion, Mosher says, one must exude it.

“I want to be remembered as a teacher who instilled knowledge and a desire to learn.”

Mosher, who studied at King’s-Edgehill from 1967 to 1972, has been immersed in many aspects of the KES culture since she first set foot in the school. And, while her days at the head of the classroom have winded down, she says her love for KES will never falter.

“It becomes a part of you.”

The 40-year Windsor resident has always taken pride in her teaching but, Mosher says, some of the most rewarding moments of her career occurred outside of the classroom, where she and her students could unite for a common cause.

“I think teachers really do cheat themselves if they don’t engage in extracurricular activities with the students,” she said, noting that a lot can be learned about an individual’s capabilities outside of a controlled classroom environment.

“It’s not just the teacher seeing the student — it’s the student seeing the teacher as well.”

While Mosher — an accomplished tennis player who, in her 30s, was ranked within the top three seeded players in the province for several years — has offered her coaching expertise to a variety of varsity teams at KES, she calls basketball, tennis, equestrian and track “the biggies.”

“When I coached basketball we went to provincials every year,” Mosher said.

A major highlight of the 14-year provincial streak spanning from 1986 to 1998 — and Mosher’s coaching career — was the 1993 provincial win KES secured during a championship game against Oxford.

“We were behind at the half and it was the ugliest basketball game I think I’ve ever seen, and we actually tied it up in the last minute and went into overtime,” she said.

“I don’t think there’s anything like winning your first provincial championship as a team… it’s the sharing of that experience with those people.”

At King’s-Edgehill School’s annual athletics banquet, Mosher was presented with an Outstanding Service Award, issued by the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF), in recognition of her vast contributions to athletics as a model coach within the province.

She says the flashbacks of many amazing comebacks, stories of triumph in the face of great opposition and fond memories of camaraderie in the pursuit of victory will stay with her as she parts from King’s-Edgehill.

Friends and colleagues of Mosher, who acquired the title of “KES Legend,” organized a June 9 retirement celebration for the outgoing mentor.

In the days leading up to the event, Mosher said students joked that she would have to really focus on not becoming to “e-mosh-tional” when the farewell toasts were given.

She made no promises.