I just got a text from a friend that Kathleen Tolan, one of the brilliant stars at TCRWP, had died. Kathleen was one of those educators who left and indelible mark. You knew she was with you every step of the way. She was a gift to children and teachers of literacy; she was someone to admire and emulate.
I have had the privilege to learn from the best. Along with the learning, these passionate people have cultivated my deep and abiding belief in the power of literacy. For this, I am grateful.
Teaching reading and writing is difficult. Many days are fraught with trials and trouble. Because of dear colleagues who share their practice and support, I am sustained. My writing friends, teacher friends, thank you, I am grateful.
Because of inspirational educators like Kathleen, I know there is a way. It’s just a matter of persistence. To those, like Kathleen, who light my teaching path, and to those colleagues who walk alongside me every day, thank you.
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Reflections on the Teche.