The ‘GRAMMARful’ Life of Miss Mullet of Carleton Place High School


On Friday I posted a picture of our local hockey teams, and the picture that got the most comments was the one that had former Carleton Place high School teacher Miss Mullet in it.


The internet went wild as they say over this one picture because she was such a beloved teacher. Sad to say there is very little in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum files, so I am making sure we have something about her on The Tales of Carleton Place. I have posted: Miss Helen Mullett’s 110 CORRECTED SENTENCES —- “The Word Crimes of Carleton Place High School” thanks to Joann Voyce on another blog as it’s something you need time to read. A LOT of time.

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Sandra Rattray —Although I didn’t have her as a teacher she did teach English when I was in CPHS. We were all terrified of her.

Joann Voyce– She taught me and she could be scary but had a real sense of humor. Unfortunately, by grade 13 a bit of dementia was setting in and we were frequently called by our parent’s first name as she had taught all our parents years before
Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. As anyone who grew up in Carleton Place could tell you, Miss Helen Mullett was a well know person. She always bought her cars from Vic (Sr.) Bennett Motors at Bridge and High Streets.She was known to get Ken Bennett to run her car over for an oil change during English Period LOL. She ruled her classroom with an Iron Hand and she was dedicated to see that every student was properly educated. I can still see her stumbling up the aisles saying ” I am a single L, I need a helper!” and then marching back down saying ” I am two LL’s and I stand alone!”. The word was that the Professors at Ottawa University could pick out the Carleton Place students because they were so advanced and well educated.She taught more than one generation and unfortunately in later years she sometimes called us by our parents names.Even in her 80’s she attended my 20 year reunion and although suffering from early dementia she was her same delightful self.

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