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How Will You Encourage Your Students This Year?

Going to Junior High/High School in the 70’s may have been very different in terms of technology, but I find that people are still the same. The start of a new school year is a new occasion for teachers to be a positive influence on their students.

When I was an insecure Junior High student, a very sweet "Home Economics" teacher made it her mission to provide me with many great opportunities and it gave me the love I have for Family and Consumer Sciences today.

Ruth Gregerson Berg saw that I wanted to be an active leader in "FHA" now FCCLA.  Even though she new that it was going to be a great deal of work for her, she let me fly with that idea. I became the youngest district officer in the state at the time.  She coached me through some challenges I faced, due to my age, and I will always appreciate that help. Not only that, but she saw that I was stages ahead of my classmates in textile construction and let me soar with projects way beyond the rest of the 7th and 8th graders in the classroom.

That wonderful nurturing carried on into my more secure High School career through my other "Home Economics" teachers. Janet Walch helped me to continue my leadership in "FHA". Another influencing teacher, Roxanne Ebnet, continued to aide me in developing my talents and teach me about sewing and textiles, much of which I still use today!

So...I salute those wonderful ladies at the beginning of a new school year. And I wonder....who will I influence this year?

 How about you?

With fondness,


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