Mrs. D is quite a
woman...Her classes were always
entertaining and educational. As
freshmen the better part of our class
froze with fear as we neared the
classroom door, but as seniors, it was a
whole different story. It was Mrs.
Dowdy who dreaded second hour College
Prep. English, for she knew some
prankster would work the class into a
frenzy only to be soothed by glazed
donuts or some other tasty morning
Of all my high school
memories, the ones I accumulated in her
class are among the fondest I have.
Thanks Mrs. Dowdy, and that comes from
the bottom of my heart. Whenever the
winding roads beckon me or I just get
homesick for my childhood home, look for
me to knock on your classroom door. A
trip to Dexter just isn't complete
without seeing the people who have
taught me so much.
Tenth grade English II and
speech class taught me much about
myself. I felt transformed from the shy
little boy I had always been into a
confident and competent communicator.
It was Mrs. Stuever's constant
willingness to help and positive outlook
on life that inspired me and kept me
writing when I felt like a talentless
hack. Her students would be doing
themselves a favor to recognize the
brilliant instructor they are blessed
with, even on test days!!! Thanks
again, Mrs. Stuever, for
this exceptional instructor both junior
and senior year.
As a junior, I
learned a great deal about the workings
of both the short story and the novel.
It was then that I was introduced to
one of my all time favorite books, To
Kill A Mockingbird, which filled me
As a senior, I worked on
The Bearcat, which is the school
newspaper. Journalism taught me that
even though I was wordy by nature I
needed also to be concise. I wrote my
articles, which I still show anyone I
can keep captive. We had a great editor
and overall staff.
I consider Mrs.
Vines more than a teacher; I consider
her a close friend. She is brilliant
and good-hearted, and that what makes
her such a joy to be around.
I was blessed, and I do mean BLESSED,
with an excellent array of fine teachers
who have taught me much and continue to
each time I converse with them. Thanks
COACH JOHN WADE
Coach was my IPS teacher, but what I learned from him was not limited to science. He not only wanted us to know the answers but also how we arrived at them. He encouraged his students to think for themselves. I remember Coach once saying near the beginning of the year, "If you learn nothing else this year, atleast learn to think."
I just wish I could remember some of Coach's jokes!! They could get corny, yes, but somehow, he always made them work. The same is true of his students. Hard work always accompanied the humor.
Coach's concern for his students was not confined to the classroom. He helped me time and time again. He helped me get my first real job. He was always bringing me something he wanted me to read, which was always interesting. If I needed advice, which I did from time to time, Coach was there to offer his wisdom.
The wise man knows when to be silent, so I will end this entry now. Thanks again, Coach. I just wanted you to know YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.