Spreading love

Spreading love

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Looking back: two teachers provided inspiration

Forty years ago, my first-grade teacher, Rosemary Cherry, placed high expectations on me. When one can speed read at age three, those things happen. She always knew what buttons to push and kept me in line when I didn't act right.
No teacher came close during the rest of my days at Cottondale Elementary. My grades were okay, but those teachers couldn't reach me.
Until my junior year at Holt High 30 years ago. Up to that point, I was inconsistent through junior high and two years of high school.
I signed up for a class called Speech Communications,  taught by Gail Cates.  The year-long class was a mixture of making a newspaper, making speeches, broadcast TV, school, newspaper, advertising and acting.
The year was a turning point for me. I decided to major in journalism. Under Cates, I found out writing was my true passion.
I've won countless awards as a newspaper reporter, written 36 E-Books and four printed books.
I can't imagine my success without the impact these two teachers had on me.
Cherry and Cates each have dedications in my print books, but their value to me is much more.


Melissa Keir said...

It's wonderful to hear that teachers do make a difference. Congrats on your fabulous career!

Joanne C. Berroa said...

It's great to remember the teachers who have made an impact on our lives. I had one English teacher who told me I should write novels because my stories were so good. Unfortunately, she died a while back. It's cool that your two special teachers are alive and that you have communication with them. I'm sure they appreciated your dedication to them in your novels. And good luck in your screenwriting endeavors.

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy said...

Great post. I had some amazing teachers who encouraged my writing too.

K.T. Bishop said...

I always make time to go back and see both schools. I've made a tradition of having lunch with Mrs. Cherry whenever I come home.