Amusing and wise comparison of "The Look" from a therapist and the stupidity of the teacher with the warmth you felt (and still do) from the animal world!
Teachers can be incredibly cruel, and I had a few. Before phones, we had one who screamed at us and terrified us, and made me flee computer club crying when I was thirteen. I'm sorry that teacher tormented you. I bet your seal friend was as friendly as this one: