Thank you, Miss Nettie Shaw, my first grade teacher at Brantwood Elementary in Dayton , Ohio in 1961. You were a compassionate and learned teacher to 30 little kids from a semi-rural and lower socio-economic background. You taught by demonstration, bringing in piglets from your farm, having us cut out felt letters to touch- all ahead of your time. You were in your 60s when you taught me and you followed me through my public school career, paying for a fifth grade field trip when my father was unemployed by illness and strikes, sending me cards as I passed each milestone of my schooling. You never allowed bullying and you rewarded kindness. I can still see you in your floral shirtwaists and pearls, open arms and sweet smile.
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