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I IIIIIII II II I II II I I II II I I I I II I III II I I I I II Do y, ou remember y,,our favorite teacher? Message readers share their favorite memories about teachers who have made a difference in their lives By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff wnter If you are over 40, there are two questions, that provoke immediate anSWers. The- first is, "Where were you when you heard that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated?" People always know. And they know immediately. The second question gets an immediate response from all ages. That question? Who was your favorite teacher? t' Recently, the Message asked readers to respond to the second ques- lea. Readers were asked to write and tell a favorite story or share a ,aeraory about a Catholic school teacher who made a difference in their ALVRR The res onse has been overwhelmin Pea le wrote letters and sent P g. P aOtes. They shared memories that went back to the 1920s. They wrote oom teachers who were caring, who encouraged, who taught them to uoj gs "neatly, nicely and to the best of your ability." hey wrote about teachers who gifted their students with smiles and -- t t t t , t t Sister Margaret Eugene, S.P., Assumption School, Evansville, lgSos: Many times during the last 30 years, I have thought of my first grade teacher, Sister Margaret Eugene, a Sister of Providence, who aught at Assumption Cathedral in the early 1960s. Several years ago, I J .ally located Sister in Chicago and wrote her a letter and sent my Prized First Communion photograph, dated May 1, 1960, to help refresh ,,er memory of who I was. C. .ister Margaret Eugene, who now goes by her given name, Dorothy 3,,friend, did answer my letter and told me how that photograph from au Y.ears ago brought back some wonderful memories of Assumption na Evansville. She added that I had been the only student from As- sUnption who had ever contacted her, and yes, she remembered me, too. s" " My memories of Sister Margaret Eugene are wonderful. She was so tr.ct, yet so kind, she had a lovely smile, and could sing beautifully. lSter walked to gracefully in that long, black habit with chalk dust orushed on the sides. Yes, Sister made a lasting impression on me and I will always remember her and Assumption Cathedral. Mary E. (Kittridge) Spahn Poseyville S. L Sister Cecilia, O.S.B., Sister Mary Darrell, O.S.B., Holy Rosary Ln- l' Evansville: As a student in my lower grades, I  She ad a music teacher named Sister Cecilia, O.S.B., at Holy tiosary. explained the patroness of musicians was St. ,ec, a. She gave me my first love of mging songs, "In Your Easter Bonnet" and "/-,/tile Brown Jug" and she introduced me on Stage iv group singing with the class. encouragment and with the love of reading. They helped them feel bet- ter about themselves when they "didn't fit the mold." And they gave them a reason to work hard and to believe in themselves. Barbara Cason of Evansville wrote that she would "give every earthly treasure I have gained, because nothing meant more to me than my par- ents sending me through 12 years of Catholic education." Sherry Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at Westside Catholic Consoli- dated School, Evansville, not only responded herself, she encouraged her students and their parents to recall their favorite teachers. These responses, which celebrate excellence in teaching, correspond with the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week which begins Jan. 31. During the coming week, students and teachers in the 30 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville, will be celebrating with assemblies, plays, service projects and all-school Masses. This issue of the Message will also be a part of the diocesan-wide Catholic School Week celebration, as principals were invited to pur- chase copies for their students. il ii ii ii ill II IIII I hope I never grow so old as to forget [in my eighth grade class) being the piano accompanist for Barbara Warren, who did the solo "He" "He can turn the tides and calm the angry sea. " Barbara also graduated in Holy Bosary's c/ass of 1963 and went on to be a Los Vegas singer returning to Evansville singing! One of my dreams is to one day be in her audience as she would once again sing that song. Aother favorite teacher of mine was Sister Mary Darrell, O.S.B. I was lucky enough to have her for both grade two and grade seven. I cannot remember any single thing she did to influence me, ex- cept I wanted to be a nun like her when I grew up someday. She was always smiling and kind and I could just feel she loved what she was doing. And, I loved her being my teacher. I am sure my parents loved her also. because she was also o motivator. How my Catholic education affected me, sort of scared me after I2 years of it, because in the twelfth grade at Memorial, I didn't want to leave! So many times since graduation day in 1967, I hear a song come back to me, "When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high. At the end of the storm is a golden sky..." I know Catholic education molded me into doing my best, whatever that could be. I could give every earthly treasure I have gained, because nothing meant more to me than my parents sending me through 12 years of Catholic education. Barbara Ann Rosa Brockman Cason Evansville MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL