Sometimes, you need to go back and thank those people who had a significant impact on your life. During my time in elementary/middle/high school, I had some great teachers. Without their influence and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. On the other hand, if you hated my novels and/or this blog, here’s who to blame:
JoAnn Stadler: I’ve taught courses for Indiana University, spoken at conventions, and a variety of other presentations. It all goes back to the demonstration speech I did in her class. I managed to get 15 minutes out of mixing peanut butter and maple syrup and then using it as a topping for a variety of things. As an added effect, I had the audience participate by saying, “stuff” after each time I said “peanut butter.” You should try it sometime, it’s really tasty.
Janet Sherwood: I can thank my parents for my creative mind. I have to thank Mrs. Sherwood for helping me analyze problems creatively. As a leader of the Future Problem Solvers, she helped us apply our creativity in a variety of new ways.
Joe Freeman: Mr. Freeman made learning fun. I developed my writing style while in his journalism class. I probably made him crazy with the stuff I chose to write about, but he was always encouraging. This blog simply wouldn’t exist without him. So, send your hate mail to him from now on.
Pat Ringer: At some point, she is going to play a horrible prank on me. Let’s just say I deserve it and leave it at that. Mrs. Ringer gets the patience award for not shooting me on the last day of 5th grade. Lord knows I deserved it.
Tell me about the teachers that made a difference in your lives. I probably left some people out, so don’t be surprised if I add to this list.
Carry on, Citizens!