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#113269 - 10/19/05 12:02 AM Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13369
Loc: Iowa
Some of you know my wife is an Elementary School Teacher. Since we got out of college in 1990, she has taught 1st and 2nd grades. She also has her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Reading, and recently had moved into a new position as the 1st grade Reading Teacher, working with kids that need the most help.

Anyway, a few months ago she received the honor of "Teacher of the Year" for our school district. This was really a great thing as our district is pretty large and there are lots of teachers that were on the list. Elementary teachers usually get beat out by junior/high school teachers. In winning this title, she had to write a 20 page paper that answered 10 questions. In addition, this honor also throws you into a larger bucket for the State of Iowa's Teacher of the Year.

To be honest, she really wanted to fly under the radar a bit, and really didn't think she had a chance in hell to get close to Iowa honor. She also had to pick 3 people to give her a letter of recommendation. Her Principal told her to include the Superintendent of Schools, otherwise, she would not have any chance at all. She really didn't know the guy as he had only been with the district for a year, and he new nothing of her teaching style. So to reduce her chance, she purposely did not use him, and picked 3 Principals she had over the years.

OK HERE WE GO>>>>>>>

She got a call the other day from the Iowa Board of Education, she is in the top 5 and has to interview this Friday. You all need to understand, we have 99 counties in Iowa, and some counties have larger cities with many districts in them. We are estimating that she was up against 150-200 other qualified teachers, and she got in the top 5, oh my.....

If she gets it or not, she still has to speak at a banquet in the Spring, and she hates public speaking. Besides I don't have a dang Suit or Sportcoat that fits me anymore

Oh well, thanks for listening, and if you have any words of encouragement or ideas to help her it is appreciated.

Thanks Randy and Karen

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#113270 - 10/19/05 12:03 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
SirQuack Offline
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Loc: Iowa
I forgot to mention, if she gets the Iowa "Teacher of the Year" she will be a qualifier for the US "Teacher of the Year" and will get to go to the White House. Oh My

Please help us get out of this mess
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#113271 - 10/19/05 12:21 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Good show, Karen! Randy you certainly have a right to be proud of what she's accomplished.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#113272 - 10/19/05 12:52 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8462
Loc: Tacoma

First off, heartfelt "Thank You" to Karen for heeding the call to teach our children. Nobody can excel in that role without having a deep love for both the kids and the work. Very few of us can fully realize the emotion and the commitment it takes to do it at all, not to mention to do it so well. She is helping build the future of our country and our world, and for that, has earned our gratitude and respect. I know that she knows she is making a meaningful difference every day, but it's still nice to be recognized.

I work for public educators, so I have some frame of reference. I trust your wife is a member of Iowa Education Association. Civil rights, human dignity, education, unionism - all these things have always gone together.

As far as advice, she doesn't need it. The rest of the process is just going to be her talking about her work, which she obviously knows and loves. Tell her to relax, feel and express her passion for teaching and, most of all, savor the experience.

Finally, just buy a damn suit. Mens Wearhouse or whatever. Maybe get a haircut while you're at it. How are you going to be the First Husband looking all scruffy?

Seriously, congratulations to Karen and to your family on this tremendous honor.

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#113273 - 10/19/05 05:09 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Wow, this is absolutely wonderful Randy!

Please give Miss Karen a big hug, a kiss on the cheek and a huge dose of good luck from down our way.
Having met many educators such as your wife over the course of our son's years through school we have always been amazed with the true dedication many posses, which obviously your wife does. Best wishes!
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#113274 - 10/19/05 06:57 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6776
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

I too wish your wife the best of luck.I echo the statements made before me.

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#113275 - 10/19/05 07:40 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends
Wegiz Offline

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 157
Loc: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Yes, definitely some congratulations and good luck are in order. You must be very proud of her. I agree with Tom that you should tell her to savior the experience -- it's not nearly often enough that excellence is education is recognized.

Oh, and please let us know how it all turns out.
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#113276 - 10/19/05 07:49 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 11370
Loc: Central NH
Congratulations and, yes… Good Luck!

I wish Tom posted his comments in a different forum; I could simply plagiarize by copying and pasting. There's no way I could say it remotely as well!

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#113277 - 10/19/05 08:06 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
davidsch Offline

Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 678
Loc: Houston, Texas
Congratulations Karen and Randy! My wife taught for 7 years and specialized in early reading as well. There are not many jobs that are tougher or more important than teaching children to read. It is especially tough to get through to those children who are already behind the class in reading. Good luck!

#113278 - 10/19/05 10:02 AM Re: Please wish my wife good luck my Axiom friends!
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13369
Loc: Iowa
Amazing, you guys are truely great friends. I have will make sure Karen gets a chance to read your feedback. Then she will realize why I stay up so late and chat with you folks, and maybe let me upgrade to a EP600

Again, thanks so much for your comments, I appreciate it greatly.


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