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Do you remember your favorite teacher? (continued) was Beatrice, [ am not sure of her last name. I was attending St. Bernard Catholic School in Rockport. The year was 1984. We had very small class si/,,s. There were only about 15 kids in my class. Sister, if yea are still alive and well. I would like 1o thank you now/or all of ram" help and sW)t)ort you ,!?eve me when I was ,4oin,4 through thos(,, rough times. I realize now you knew exacth' what you were doing. I will never./brget yea or yam" Chinese yo-yo. Michelle Lindsey Ferdinand Sister Benita Biever, seventh grade, Nativity School, Evansville, 1960s: The best and most influential teacher I had while in grade school was Sister Benita Biever. She taught seventh grade at Nativity School Evansville, during the 1960s. Academically, I don't remember what I learned that year. What does stand out in my mind is that I remember feeling loved by her. She made me feel important and worthwhile. As a seventh grader, that was crucial to me. As an adult, it is still crucial to me. A few years ago, Sister Benita celebrated her fiftieth jubilee. Thanks to the coverage in the Message, I was able to "catch up" with Sister Benita. We now keep in touch with each other, and it is a comforting thought to know that she prays for me every day. Lynn Scheessele Kindergarten teacher Good Shepherd School Evansville Janica Frey, fifth grade, Good Shepherd School, Evansville: My fa- vorite teacher was Janice Frey. Mrs. Frey has taught fifth grade at Good Shepherd School in Evansville since 1964.1 learned more in fifth grade than in any other. Mrs. Frey teaches with every resource available, not just her textbooks. She makes learning fun. She cares about her students and challenges them to be the best they can be. Thank you, Morn, for touching the lives of ca many students over the years. Teachers like you really do make a difference. Allcia Frey Lachowecki Evansville Kimberly Ann Bell, St. Theresa School, Evansville, 1992-93: Thank you for being my aunt, my godmother, my guardian angel and my teacher in so many ways, and I hope every student at St. Theresa's loves you as much as I do. Ashley M. Bell Vincennes Mrs. Henke; Holy Family School, Jasper, 1967: Thank you for all your great stories and for bringing me out of my shell. You were the best! After all these years, I've always wanted to tell her how great a teacher was. She's ien retired for many years but is still remembered by me BEST. Donna (Brosmer) Linette Jasper Sister Mary Cuthbert Seng, O.S.B., St. Benedict School, Evanaville: I suppose the teachers who helped us most are the ones we remember most frequently... . even after they depart from this world. Such is the teacher who has had the biggest influence on my life. I had her first in the sixth grade at St. Benedict School in Evansville. She was for total involvement, be it sports, academics or special clubs like the St. Dominic Savio Club. St. Dominic, we were told, was a perfect role model for your boys, and we spent a great deal of time learning to follow his example. Then, some 10 years later, with teaching degree in hand, I was hired by this same teacher, now principal, to teach at Holy Rosary School What a great role model she was! Again, we learned the importance of dedication, professionalism, and interaction with out students. How ftyben she had the faculty, herself included, challenge the students to eel- all at recess. She was a real mover and a real inspiration. Ty wife was also hired by the same principal to teach at Holy Rosary, en this same principal began a new role -- that of matchmaker. She asked me to go to the Fall Social at Ferdinand and "take Miss Wahn- siedler along. " That was the beginning of a great courtship and friend- ship that has lasted through our 22 years of marriage. What a great favor this teacher did for both of us! Now, she is no longer with us. She died early in her life, and what a tragedy because she had so much more to offer. But I for one will never forget her and what she did for me, and I am certain there are many oth- ers like tne. Richard Klein Evansville Mary Jo Holmes, St. Joseph School,,Princeton, 1960-1969: The teacher who has made the most difference in my life happens to be my mother. She was my teacher in second, third, sixth and seventh grades. Not only was she my favorite teacher, she has been my best teacher for 3 7 years. firsShe began the science w, ogram at St. Joe's and she also organized the t Science Fair at St. Joe s. I don't remember my project, but I credit her for fostering a deep love for science in me, my brother, my sister, and my two sons, Troy and Matthew. Connie Leveron Ferdinand Sister Rosanne, eighth grade, Sacred Heart School, 1968: Myfondest memories are my eighth grade year at Sacred Heart in 1968, Growing up Catholic was not easy in those days. Many of the nuns and lay teachers were strict and unsympathetic. But in 1968, things looked much brighter. The church was changing in a positive way and that included the nun's attire. What a delight is was to see that some had pretty faces and yes... even Hair! Sister Rosanne'(alias Sis- ter D'ancile) was one of them. Not oulv was she pretty, but she was kind, tolerant, and fimny. Above all else she exempli- fied the true mean- ing of the word "teacher." Our eighth grade class was colorful, to say the least, and with her sense of humor and kind heart, she won the hearts .... % ii i .... ii!ili ' :  Teacher Joyce Rietman lends a hand at Go( of all of us. If l were Shepherd School, Evansville. One-on-one to meet her today I tions are commonplace in our Catholic schools. / would thank her for a year I never for- got. I will keep her in my prayers and in my heart forever. Bobble (Grotius) Holy Redeemer Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, 1967-69: Thank you forgiving us a great start in life and for bein long frien d! Paula (Hagedorn) Fort Mrs. Klamer, West Heights School, 1963: My favorite memory is when I was in the fourth grade at West Heights School in about 1963. Mrs. Klamer, our teacher, read us the book named "Bears of Blue J would read to us for about a half an hour a day and then would any questions or comments we would have about the book. The whole class really enjoyed the book and the special attention this special gave us. Joel SiMer Norn, O.S.F., St. Agnes School,Evansville, 1958-60: Sister Noreen, O.S.F,, made quite a difference in my life! She was my sixth aa, : seventh grade teacher at St. Agnes School in 1958-59 and 59-60. bet her as young, enthusiastic and a person who loved us. She was going to New Guin the next year and practically ma of us as we all learned about her future home. She challenged me, aloud to us, and helped me to decide to become a teacher -- at the St. Agnes (now Westside Catholic Consolidated School) in Evansville, where I am now teaching for my 21st year. Sherry Sister Herman Joseph, seventh grade, St. Boniface School, Evansville: graduated in I968 from St. Boniface School. My favorite teacher was; seventh grade teacher Sister Herman Joseph. School was actually fun her as a teacher because she was a very jolly person that loved her In the classroom, she was very patient with us and spent time listeni to our problems. You always felt like she had all the time in the wodd help you. After school she was the cook for the rest of the nuns. I will always member the wonderful smells coming from her kitchen 5, cause school I would walk over to Jerry's Market and pick up ;raceri If there was one person, other than my Morn, that taught me would stay with me all my life, it was Sister Herman Joseph. Sister Eve, music, Mater Dei High School, Evansville, 1967: fondest memories from high school is Sister Eve. She taught music, club. During glee club we were given an assignment to do. It was to opera and perform a skit. I can't remember the opera our group tet on, but we turned it into a comedy. We made up our own words and it turned out to be great fun. Sister Eve asked our group to perform in front of a group cause she liked it so well. She told me I had a talent for acting and talked me into trying out for the school's one-act plays. She gave me such a feeling of self-confidence and boosted m teem, I will always remember (his special time in my sophomo're made me fed so special. Jamie (Waelde) Marce Halbig, fourth grade, Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville: My favorite teacher was Mrs. Halbig, my fourth grade at St. Agnes. Mrs. Halbig is my favorite teacher because she is nice she helped us when she could. Mrs. Halbig tried different activities like painting and putting up our teepee. She always smiled and tau many things in fourth grade. She got along with our parents very wd let them know how we were doing. She listened to our problems and  : helped us all she could. She told us that we could stop by her Halloween to go trick or treating. She introduced us to and her son Kent. She was patient with us and never told us to answer blank. She helped us look them up. To me Mrs. Halbig is not  ...... teacher, she is a good friend. Beth ....... I [ I[ II II IIII I i,