At the beginning of every new calendar year, I always pause to reflect on the people and/or events that have made the biggest impact on my life. Though my family has always been a constant source of support and inspiration, the individuals who opened my eyes to the world and beyond were teachers.
I can remember the names and faces of every teacher I had in grade school, and many of the teachers I had in middle and high school.
These individuals not only planted the seeds of learning that became the foundation of my education, but faithfully and lovingly tended these seeds helping me to grow into a lover of learning, a competent reader/writer, and much, much more.
As an elementary school secretary in the Walla Walla School District for 20 years now, I have had the privilege of working with dedicated and inspiring professionals who teach, nurture, guide and advise students daily.
As I go through my daily activities on the job or at home, every skill I possess can somehow be traced to something I learned from a teacher in school.
I believe our current and future successes are dependent on our ability to raise competent and educated young adults. As I witness the degree of dedication and excellence that exists in our public school system today, I see future leaders in the making who bring promise and hope to the future for all of us.
Perhaps the best way that I can show my gratitude and thanks to the teaching professionals who are now passing on the legacy of learning to this generation of students is to support the Walla Walla Public Schools' Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy next month.
Please join me in saying thank you, and voting "yes" on Feb. 14.