With the end of the school year upon us, it's time again to honor our wonderful teachers.
I've collected some memories from the students in my Diablo Valley College child development class to share with you. I'm always impressed by the qualities that make each teacher memorable after so many years have passed.
When you're done reading this, write a note to your favorite teachers and let them know how much you appreciated them.
Mrs. Thelen from Walt Disney Elementary: "She was a gentle, kindhearted woman. I never remember her yelling or raising her voice. She was a patient teacher who knew how kids learn." -- Eric Varela.
Ms. Tringali from Sycamore Valley Elementary: "She loved teaching. You could tell in her work. She was so enthusiastic and pushed her students to perform at their highest potential." -- Rachel Robinson.
Ms. Cooper from John Baldwin Elementary: "She always had a smile on her face and made class fun. She had a good sense of humor and was very funny." -- Kaila Sanders.
Ms. Christmas from Montair Elementary: "She was so special because she always went out of her way to help every student. I wasn't good at history, and she helped me learn to enjoy it. I looked up to her. She pushed us to do our best. She had PJ party reading days, too!" -- Mona Sterling
Mrs. Watts from Golden View Elementary: "She always cracked jokes and had a very fun, outgoing personality. She had a lot of energy teaching.
Ms. Tishler from Country Club Elementary: "She made me want to start teaching. She taught me skills I'll need to know for my future career." -- Sydney Venierakis
Mr. Damachino from Sycamore Valley Elementary: "He was friendly and caring and he made learning fun by making us get involved in teamwork." -- Tori Young
Ms. Miller from Country Club Elementary: "She was so special because she showed that she cared about each student. She would take her time to help us. She was also super-sweet and put up with me." -- Elle Counts
Ms. Robinson from Neil Armstrong Elementary: "She didn't baby us like everyone else did. She was tough and strict, and if you didn't follow the rules, there were consequences. She gave us responsibilities. I did a lot of growing up that year." -- Cameron Ambler
Ms. Thurman from Greenbrook Elementary: "She did everything in her power to help me along in school and it made me feel very special." -- McKenna Guetersloh
Mr. Olbrycht from Country Club Elementary: "He was special because we had so much fun in his class. We never knew we were learning so much. We learned how to play ukuleles, did a class play and did so many art projects that incorporated history, English, etc. We built towers out of polygon blocks and then calculated the volume of the tower. We took a remote control airplane and flew it on the field and learned about distance and speed. We learned about the Vikings and drew a giant Viking ship on the ground and pretended to row it. We planted gardens. On Friday we would warm up with Tai Chi. He is such an amazing teacher." -- Lauren Boag
To all the teachers in our valley, thank you for your love of teaching!
Contact Penny Warner at www.pennywarner.com.