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Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7730)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 11:49 AM


Excellent puzzle. Very positive statements that will help one appreciate the motivational aspects; the leadership and love of the various skills involved in being an educator.

See the concurrent post called TEACHERS to add to this subject.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 1:55 PM

Couldn't agree with you more Al - terrific puzzle - and terrific tribute to those hardworking folks who helped shape our lives and our careers. My mom taught for 40 years and still gets calls from former students and their kids. Incredibly towards the end of her career she even had a few grandchildren of students she taught back in the early 50s!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 4:01 PM

I do the website for our alumni association from my high school - the high school celebrated 50 years last year. It is always wonderful to get emails from former students that had my grandmother and my aunt as their teacher - it's been 10 and 15 years (respectively) since they passed away - but several times a year - somone has something wonderful to say about them to me. My grandmother on my Mom's side taught 1st grade in Morgan City LA for 37 yep - they mean a lot!

Taco24  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 589)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 4:04 PM

I just adored this puzzle!

I had tears in my eyes doing it. Lol!

While working on it, lol, a student came in just to say "howdy".


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 4:10 PM

Fun puzzle, Bigbird! Clever and inspirational. Good job!


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 4:18 PM

I had several teachers like these when I went to school. I still dropped out.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 4:29 PM

I remember my school days with a lot of pleasure
and have memories of some really spectacular
teachers....not all of them....some were basically
in a power struggle, and I was always in detention!!!!

Great fun to bring back all those memories, thanks

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 7:18 PM

Good One thank you


Tresgatos  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 4461)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 9:17 PM

I thought this was a great puzzle. I loved pretty much every minute of school and was lucky to have several inspirational teachers. Thanks for an uplifting word puzzle that brought back a lot of memories, Bigbird!

-- Geri

4getful1  (Level: 185.1 - Posts: 3081)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 9:29 PM

Hear! Hear! We're blessed and fortunate to have such high caliber in the classroom. Thank you for that positive slice of life.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 10:53 PM

Thank you all. I'm glad you enjoyed the puzzle. I retired after 34 years in a middle school classroom full of very mixed feelings. I knew I was going to miss the kids, but felt it was time to move on to mentoring teachers. Gotta tell ya, I was a lot more successful with the kids! I miss them terribly, and use every opportunity to take over classes from my interns. I am so pleased when a former student tells me that they want to teach. Of course, I have taught my share of scientists, doctors, musicians, artists, engineers, etc, but the teachers are closest to my heart.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 10:57 PM

Bird, you made me a bit misty. Thank you for your eloquent salute to great teachers. Today you made me think of the many good ones I've known (and some not-so-good ones), and I thank you.

You must be a WONDERFUL teacher.

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