Sunday, May 20, 2018

Go Big or Go Home

As the school year comes to a close, so do the careers of several teachers and staff members that are retiring.  This week we will say goodbye to Cynthia Barbre, Debbie Brown, Tammie Mugrage, and Stan Phelps.  There will be many stories shared and tears shed as they embark on their lives after school. We will miss them dearly and our time with them has been so special.  It will be strange to come to work without them next year, but we all wish them the best on the next chapter of their lives!

Oh, but wait!  There's one more retiree.  This lady has been more than a boss to me.  She's been my teacher, my mentor, and above all, my friend.  Everyone knows her favorite saying is, "Go big or go home!"  I've heard her say it a million times.  I hear her voice when I make tough decisions.  Of course I'm talking about Ms. Z.  That's Diana Zurliene to those who don't know who I'm talking about, but how can you not know Z?  This blog post is dedicated to Ms. Z for all she's done for me.  Let me share why I am thankful to have had Z in my life.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Teacher That Raised Me

In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to talk about the teacher in my life that raised me:  my mom. 

 I grew up in the school because my mom and my grandma both worked at Center Street School.  I got to spend after hours there because they were there.  Getting to see the teachers after school and seeing the "secrets" of the school were some of my favorite memories of my childhood.  My mom worked as a teacher's aide for many years, but she wasn't fulfilling her dreams yet.