The fact that you give a crap puts you miles ahead of most teachers. I often think back on the couple of teachers in high school who cared and actually put in the effort, and I can't be more thankful, because I wouldn't be where I am without them.
I didn't fully appreciate it at the time, and I'm sure to them I was probably the nightmare teen from hell (not to mention my at the time undiagnosed ADHD), but their patience and creativity in method allowed me to discover then-hidden talents, which lead me to picking a college major and my career now.
Haven't seen Ralek in a minute, hope he's well! Good luck on your jiu-jitsu tournament.