In my last column, I interviewed a popular high schoolteacher who's retiring this year. This week I'm going to let my college students honor their most memorable Tri-Valley elementary teachers from the past.

Many of these teachers are still teaching, some have retired, but all were remembered for being special in some way.

"Mrs. Jarvis (Tassajara Hills) was a really fun person and had fun activities planned every day. She helped me with my work even after kindergarten." -- Stephen T.

"Mrs. Kravitz (Country Club) always had a positive and energetic attitude. She would ask me for help when she needed it, and it made me feel special." -- Jessica A.

"Mrs. Baggen (Twin Creeks) was the nicest teacher I ever had. She put up with me and helped me when I had difficulty understanding the material." -- Robert D.

"Mr. Carstens (Vista Grande) always extended playing times. He played all the games with the kids, like kick ball and dodge ball. He always cracked jokes and had a good sense of humor. He was always in a good mood." -- Ari A.

"Mr. Barron (Greenbrook) gave us a lot of freedom and made learning fun. He picked me to do special tasks. He never compared me to my brothers. -- Caitlin C.

"Mrs. McPherson (Country Club) truly cared about me and catered to my interests. She encouraged me to follow my dreams." -- Justin B.


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"Mrs. Kyle (Lydiksen) had fun hands-on learning activities and was very fair with her students and the rules. She always had a smile on her face as well." -- Taylor S.

"Ms. Benitez (Twin Creeks) helped when I need extra help. She was kind, patient and intelligent. She was a person I could talk to when I was having a bad day. She was a role model and inspiration." -- Meghan W.

"Mrs. Cargo (Dublin) was a wonderful teacher. She taught us in a way that we all could understand and taught us life skills as well as academic skills, such as etiquette, studying and problem-solving with friends." -- Ali M.

"Mrs. King (Golden View) would always make sure I wouldn't be left out, since I struggled in school. I loved how she cared for all of us so much and never gave up on me." -- Dani F.

"Mrs. Allin (John Baldwin) was special because she gave individual help to those who needed it. She would sometimes let me eat lunch with her. She made the kid who bullied me apologize. I still talk to her even after 11 years." -- Laurel H.

"Mrs. Fruchtman (Greenbrook) helped make my first year at a new school easy and fun. She also introduced me to my friends who are still my friends today." -- Jack C.

"Mrs. Anderson (Fredricksen) had a pet hamster in her classroom. She loved Halloween and had the best witch costumes." -- Veronica H.

"Mrs. Endicott (Green Valley) made teaching come alive, from the take-home stuffed animals to April Fools pranks, using skits and stories to make the lessons relatable. She believed I could actually be anything I dreamed of." -- Fei A.

"Mrs. Bleckman (Sycamore Valley) cracked a lot of jokes in class." -- Kaylie W.

"Mrs. Mattenson (Rancho Romero) was nice and never yelled at me." -- Brittany P.

Have a happy summer, teachers! You deserve it!

Contact Penny Warner at www.pennywarner.com.