I have enjoyed reading your “letters to a fifth grade teacher”! I read them all with great interest and enjoyment! I see we have many people who love either art, sports or both! I love both of those also.
Now that I’ve learned about you, I want to tell you a bit about me; since some of you asked!
I was born in Illinois; the youngest of nine children! My home town was a lot like Pearl River: 15,000 people, commuter train to the city (Chicago), and about the same distance from Chicago as Pearl River is from Manhattan.
I joined the Navy right out of high school. I was on active duty for nine years. That means it was a full time job and it was the place where I lived; either on base or on ships. I was in the Naval Reserves for an additional 11 years. In the reserves we would go in for one weekend a month and do one active duty stint for two weeks each year. Usually that was in the summer, but once I went to Egypt in September, during the school year. That year I met my class and then had to go away for 2 1/2 weeks. That won’t happen again because I retired from the Navy in 2000.
I have been teaching for 23 years now. This is my 24th year! All of those years were right here at Cottage Lane. I have taught every subject. I feel like I’ve seen and heard everything that kids can come up with and then a new year with a new batch of children comes in and I learn all new things. That means I know all of the tricks of the trade to inspire you, equip you and help you in every way. I love my job!
It’s going to be a great year. I just know it!