In just a few short weeks my mom will teach her last day of Kindergarten. She has taught Kindergarten at St. Joseph’s Elementary School for the past 34 years and taught at other schools for quite a few years prior to that. Her first Kindergarten class would have been my kindergarten class had I been at St. Joe that year and many of her first students are friends that I have had for my entire life. The St. Joseph family has been our family and while she is so excited to retire, (I know because I’ve heard the countdown for the past couple of months. She’s currently “in the teens! in the teens!” for number of days left), it’s also a little sad. She has touched more than 1000 students over the years and given them a great start at life. So many families have been blessed by her.
A couple of weeks ago my mom and dad were both honored for their contributions to the St. Joseph community by receiving the Soaring Jayhawk Award at the annual fundraiser, SPREE. They have given their support, time and love to the school and community for decades and it was so nice to hear such an awesome tribute to my parents and be there to see them receive this award. You are both very deserving of such an honor!
My dad and mom.
My mom with one of her first students and one of my very best friends.
My parents with Carole, an amazing friend of ours and co-worker of my mom’s who presented them with the award.
My mom and two of her very best friends.
Scott, my brother, my parents and fellow Catholic School teachers and awesome friends of ours.
Ken and I with my parents
Me, Scott and my parents. We really missed my sister, Angie being there.
Congratulations, Dad and Mom!
Very well deserved.
We love you.