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Take time to thank a teacher

By From page A11 | November 16, 2012

If you can read this letter, maybe you should thank a teacher. The week of Nov. 4-10 was California Retired Teachers Week, and we all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those teachers who not only taught us but shaped our youth.

Even out of the classroom, retired teachers continue to have a positive influence on our community. Retired teachers are probably our most stalwart volunteers. Here in Solano County in 2011, we totaled 26,732 hours of volunteer activities working for food banks, English language tutoring, cultural events, schools, museums, hospitals, police departments, churches and other community organizations. Using common values for such services, this is a gift of $534,680 to the community.

Maybe you should take the time to thank a former teacher who had a major impact on your life. They would love to hear about it.

Marilyn Blake, California Retired Teachers Association


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  • Former FF residentNovember 16, 2012 - 12:53 am

    Which ones should I thank Marilyn? The ones that told me I was stupid or the ones that told me that I wouldn't amount to anything? Sorry, but the list of teachers that I would thank for anything is quite small... and I would guess that most, if not all, are retired.

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  • The SugarJarNovember 17, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Former FF resident, my husband had a similar experience in school. Started off not speaking English well (is now fluent thanks to television as a young one), was yelled at, shook, dragged off to the principal's office by one teacher who was sure he understood her and was just bad, I guess. And told he was stupid, etc., by others. In the local school district. He isn't stupid, he's quite bright, but did have undiagnosed dyslexia and some other learning disabilities. Diagnosed as an adult. He did well enough to graduate, but it was really sad that he could go through school w/o the proper help. That said, there are terrific teachers out there who deserve thanks. And there are (or at least were) people in teaching jobs that should not be teachers.

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