One of the recurring themes in stories that are submitted for “50 stories for 50 years” is a sense of thankfulness. Here are a few thankful reflections on the love and joy that teachers brought to school each day. Share your thoughts and memories using our online form.
Pam Laurens Blackburn ’86
Catharine Avary Dunlap ’84
FPD was always welcoming to me as I bounced back and forth during my high school years, ultimately staying put for half my Junior year and my entire Senior year.
I will never forget the light blue one piece gym suits that snapped in the front that we had to wear! To this day I can’t write ‘a lot’ without picturing my English teacher Mrs. (Sharon) Adams writing it on the board, putting the ‘a’ on one end of the board and walking all the way to the other end of the board and putting ‘lot’.
I am grateful for the Drama Club for helping me overcome my shyness and low self esteem. Having roles in Pygmalion with Susan Boone (Eliza Doolittle) and Brandon Smith (Prof. Higgins) and all the great cast of Harvey (Gerry Ford who kept me in stitches!) were instrumental in that. The culmination of all this was having my great-uncle Alvah H. Chapman serve as our Baccalaureate speaker. If ever a person exemplified a life lived devoted to the Lord and serving others, it was him. To this day I still think of the poem he read to us called “The Bridge Builder” by Will Allen Dromgoole, and I try to practice this in my daily life as a tribute to him and because it is the right thing to do.
Liz Strawn Manning ’06
When I think back on my 13 years at FPD, I can’t help but feel thankful. Thankful for my parents, who did everything they could to send me to the most well-rounded, college-preparatory school in our city. Thankful for my coaches and leaders who instilled within me the values of hard work and perseverance, and especially thankful for my teachers. This fall, I will enter into my 7th year as an educator teaching 2nd grade in Nashville, Tennessee. I know I would not be in the profession that I am without the teachers in my life who cared for me, supported me, prayed for me, and encouraged me to reach my potential both inside and outside of the classroom.