School Days Colleagues

SCHOOL DAYS COLLEAGUES SCHOOL DAYS

 
 
Our Kindergarten Teacher
Meredith

Kindergarten Teacher
 
Donna (Me) 
First Grade Teacher
Donna (Me)

1st Grade Teacher
Kathy
Kathy

1st Grade Teacher
 
 
Gale & Michael
Gale & Michael

2nd Grade Teachers
Our Second Grade Teachers
Gale & Michael

2nd Grade Teachers
 
Anna
Anna

2nd Grade Teacher
 
Karen & Ethan
Our Fearless Leaders disguised
as Elmo and Cookie Monster

That's Karen, our Principal and
Ethan, our Vice-Principal
 
 
 
 
Danielle
Danielle Major 2004
 
This is Danielle. Danielle Major, that is!  She is a great "teacher" friend. The year Danielle worked in my school, we couldn't stop talking education. She was a brand new teacher and I was a veteran. I have been teaching for a LOT of years . . . too many to mention, but when I learned that Danielle loved teaching as much as I did, we were inseparable. We spent every lunchtime together. We spent hours and hours and hours after school perched on desks in my classroom talking about classroom management, reading techniques, how to make a reading rotation schedule work with seven ability groups of readers. We shared and compared our philosophies of teaching, which we found to be parallel. And when we had to go home at night, we talked on the phone about the accomplishments of the children in her class and those in mine. We shared silly stories . . . like the time one of my KIDDLES swallowed her tooth as she was eating a banana; and how she dictated a letter to me, between tears, explaining to the TOOTH FAIRY why she had no tooth in her mouth . . . or under her pillow and still deserved her quarter.

Danielle now works in another school across town and it is not so easy to get together, but we do . . . every chance we get. She's not such a new teacher anymore . . . she's been teaching for 3 years. But we still can't stop talking education. It seems our love for teaching just continues to grow and grow.
 
Danielle and I haven't seen each other in a lot of time. Both of our teaching schedules in schools far apart, her graduate work, my crazy schedule with David's doctor appointments, my TBI book and my book review column and just about anything else that passes through our lives seems to have stolen any free moments we could get together. BUT . . . we made up for it last week. We met for coffee to catch up on the changes in our lives. It turned into a marathon coffee/chat fest. We sat over one cup of coffee each for six hours--intent on talking, talking, TALKING! We never noticed the time passing. We never thought about ordering another coffee or maybe a sandwich. It seemed like we were there for only an hour. But when the hands of the clock struck 10:00 pm, we knew we would have to continue our chat another time. Hopefully, we will not allow so much time to pass. 010808
 
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