You know the last knighting had to be one of absolute amazement.
And with good reason. Because the DAME being honored today is one who displays all of the qualities of a knight and then some. I, for one admire her because she displays all of the characteristics of the knights of old, known as men with courage, who were generous, showed mercy, had faith, were noble, gave hope, and fought for justice. This dame is the embodiment of it all.
For 29 years she’s braved the system with her courage to fight to continue to motivate and encourage her students to advance beyond basic grammar and embrace and love literature.
Like the goddess Athena she swings the hand of justice in her classroom standing firm as a positive role model proving success stems from determination, and hard work, not just the ability to be fair. At the same time she remains active in the Teachers Union, stressing that grown-ups in the trenches deserve to be shown monetarily that they are appreciated.
She generously gives of her own free time, attending ALL of the students sporting events – sometimes bringing her own pom-poms, and she never misses a Homecoming Game/Dance, or the Prom because she knows that while instructional practices that consistently raise students to higher levels of academic achievement is what’s most important—AP classes, ACT testing—you got to let your students know you love them by giving of yourself. So she gives them her personal time and emotional attention too.
This Dame is faithful (J-MAC is her school) and noble (did I say J-MAC is her school?) by all means, and she ain’t going nowhere! Her attendance is flawless, her arrival time to meetings ever punctual, and her determination to all of her licenses: English, Speech, and Drama mesmerizing. Why, her fervor to teach advanced level classes has been was nearly venomous! And yet, her humility, a willingness to take this same genius and offer it to the 9th grade repeaters next year is just as gallant.
Let us not forget this Dame’s greatest battle. ” The Big C” [Breast Cancer] reared its ugly head declaring that he would take her from us; she told us, “Worry not,” and refused to let him claim her. In a joust to the death—Chemo….Radiation….medication that made her violently ill—she forged ahead, her lance in tow, and took down her enemy with a crushing blow coming out the victor, our heroine.
There’s nothing more to be said. This DAME was truly the gift left at the bottom of Pandora’s Box. Through the torment and despair our students stand to face this summer, our DAME our final knight for the 2013-2014 school year KELLY PATSCHULL is evidence that no matter what happens, there is always. Hope
– In the words of Mrs. Shannen Webb, English Teacher
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