My wife was born to be a teacher. I could see that early on in our dating-relationship and I saw it over and over again after our kids were born. She loves kids and she loves seeing them learn.
After this week, she transitions her teaching career to a different chapter. She's retiring from her third-grade classroom at Our Savior Lutheran School in Lansing, MI where she's taught for the past eight years. Before we were married, she taught at a Lutheran school in Bay City and after our kids started school at a local pre-school.
Over the years, I've learned the importance of good teachers in a child's life. During my ignorant days, I would chide her about not working in a real world environment, while I maintained that I did. I was wrong big time.
Each year she constantly carries with her the learning needs of individual students. She looks for ways to help them over a learning hump or to take advantage of a learning open door.
She has always seen the potential in every child in her classroom and her nightly work of correcting papers and planning lessons reflected that.
Yesterday, our church, Our Savior Lutheran Church recognized Gladys for her work at the school.
What will she do next? Stay tuned. Here are some pictures. Click on one of them to take you to the full collection of pictures from her recognition.