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Do you remember your favorite teacher? (continued) to a 10 on attitude. Pat has since become a very dear friend. When it came time to enter third grade, in 1991-92, we were once again blessed with another wonderful teacher, Lisa Austin. This little petite lady opened her heart to my son. She had confidence in him that I didn't even have. Upon walking into her room, your eyes would scan the en- tire room ]ooking for her and suddenly you would see a hand wave and it would be her. She blended in with the children. Always smiling, .RIVET HIGH SCHOOL, VINCENNES helpful and loving. Lisa touched our hearts in every- e , thing she did. We have be- arer Oetter, just bv knowin Lisa Austin Mr. McDonald found still another loving and caring person" Peggy Oa_ mes. Peggy worked with him through third and is still with him in Co;ried on with love and understanding. Helping him r SChool tqce a week Understanding his special Giving of herself as a teacher. up my story about Holy Redeemer and all the ors can be said in one word, Love. It's like a faro- and cry. Without them I don't even about where my son would be today. :. t lust a number there, you are an individual. this story even more wonderful is the fact '. have many more teachers to meet and love. t the Lord above to each and everyone of : Linda Brown Evansville Lisa Austin, third arade, Holy Redeemer School, ValS '  J sox/_,..ville, 1986.87: Mrs. Austin has such a sweet per- sh,,lztY anti disposition, she makes you feel you can i'a,anYthing with her. Being her student, vou feel her chlng comes first in her life ..  Henry Hasenour / : ;  Evansville fourth grade, Holy Redeemer School, 1957-58: The school: Holy Redeemer. time: 1957-58. Ms. Joan Reitz. e mission: Instill the love of learning. target: An otherwise bored and disinterested fourth grader. Weapons: Love of her students and her work, deep and abiding re- r smile connected to a warm sense of humor, and a very to stimulate curiosity. zods: expose a young mind to the beauty and diversity and with science through simple, engaging s; read a chapter a day from a story with a dozen cliff- and always, always let each child know that they are special in only God could make them so. ious man with a curious mind, a love deep sense of appreciation for Who Changed His Life. Ernest Xavier Tooke Bartlesville, Oklahoma Scherry, first grade, Precious Blood School, Jasper, am writing as the mother era seven.year-old who has been with three fabulous teachers thus far in her educational career School in Jasper. Marissa is presently in second grade to write in particular about her first grade teacher, Scherry, although my praises are equally applicable teacher, Sister Ida Otto, O.S.B., and her present m . . Nancy Remk.e. To date, however, of the three Jill has spent OSt time w.. my chdd " o ientation merlin that fill is very obvJous to me from our first r g . teaching and to helping each child learn and develop his the ullest could tell she has a assmn or the f extent possible. I p " fd She became emotional as she read a poem about at the conclusion o,f that fllrst meeting, fill was young and rein- but she more than compensated for both by her en- pn and dedication. During that year, my daughter miliation and First Communion under the guidance models" and Miss Kathy Brosmer. Both women were excellent role reeeint ,,t , e children and took very active roles in preparing them for , ,- uj =nese sacraments. ;n ormin p;rnrnffg,out the school year, Jill wrote a weekly newsletter, ,f g for on'tJhthe. children's activities, thanking parents and children alike as outions to the classroom, and recognizing special events sucl At teaays. She never seemed to mind ohone calls at home. class e Conclusion of the school year, se held an awards day in her child om.and invited parents to attend. She made certain that each trih,.,celvefl at least one award reconizin his special skills and con- chtld'ns'She had planned to make a"clos,g statement" about each ". ner eyes welled up with tears as she began and she declined to continue. Not only is Mrs. Scherry an excellent teacher, she is genuinely con- cerned about each child's welfare. As a lay person, her religious zeal is inspiring to both children and parents. I can't speak highly enough of the quality of educators at Precious Blood Catholic School. The values espoused by the faculty are providing a solid foundation for the development of my child's character. I am very grateful for the school and the entire faculty. Elaine Brown Huntinghurg Sister Mary Walter, biology, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, 1960: The year was 1960 and I was a sophomore at Mater Dei High School. When I found out that Sister Mary Walter taught the Biology class as- signed to me it was with joy and eagerness that I went to my first day of class. I had heard through the grape vine that she was a good teacher. My self-esteem was very low all through school as I did not fit the pe- tite mold. Many of the students made fun of me and laughed at my naivite about life. It made me shy and fearful at school. Then like a mighty wind waltzed Sister Mary Walter into my life. I have been a bet- ter person ever since. She was love in motion. Without every talking to me directly, she taught me to be who I am and respect nvself. It did not affect my life immediately. Years of soul searching and trials have helped to polish the jewel that S&ter recognized long before I was able it i! :/' I r  Members of the basketball team at Washington Catholic High School, Washington, celebrate winning their 1991 regional title. Athletic excellence and self-discipline is a part of Catholic education.  , "- Message file photo to do so. Today I am an adult student at Anderson University on my way to re- ceiving a Bachelor of Social Work degree. While many people have been sources of light in my life and helped me, it is Sister Walter who contin- ues to watch over me from heaven above. Twice since her death I have had an ear infection and through her intercession for me to the Lord I have received a healing. Therefore, it is with St. John that I can say, "We know how much God loves us because ,,,, e have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly. God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living wqth him." I John 4:161 have been blessed to have felt that love through Sister Walter and am being blessed as I pass it on. Thank you very much my dear sister in Jesus Christ our Lord. You have me the gift of unconditional love. Mere words cannot express my love for you, because my heart fllls up with complete love as I recall the wonders you performed in His love. Sister has had a profound influence throughout my life on my focus of who I am. Lois (Kincaldl Castfllo Anderson, In, Don Sheridan, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, 1972-76: I would like to thank Mr. Don Sheridan who taught me during my high school years (1972 to 1976) at Mater Dei. Mr. Sheldon suggested to me after class one day of going to nursing school. I d never thought about it before then. l graduated from Evansville School of Practical Nursing. 1 I'ozked as a graduate nurse then finally a Licensed Practical Nurse. I left the work force as my fam- ily grew to four children. Many times I was thankful for the medical training that helped me make decisions for my family and myself. At this time, I continue training as an Emergency Medical Technician. I hope someday to return to the nursing work force, thanks to Mr. Don Sheridan. Michelle May Krack Mater Dei Class of 1976 Evansville Sister Harriet, biology, St. Frances Cabrini High School, Allen Park, Mi., 1069: Thank you for your inspiration in choosing biology as a ca- reer. Lois Gray :- New Harmony Sister Beatrice, fifth grade, St. Bernard School, Rockport,1984: When I was in the fifth grade, I had a teacher named Sister B. Her real name Continued on  page i! " !