DigiLit Sunday: Gratitude

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.

Read other gratitude posts on Margaret Simon’s Sunday link up at
Reflections on the Teche.




7 thoughts on “DigiLit Sunday: Gratitude

  1. Julieanne,
    It doesn’t seem “fair” that Kathleen has left us so soon. I spent a week last summer in her institute group and now am wishing for “just one more week” as I had so much more YET to learn. Her passion for learning and reading will live on. I’m sure she’s already talking to folks in heaven, arranging book talks, and just organizing the heck out of any folks who used to be non-readers. Not any more! Not on her watch!

    Thank you for this post!

  2. While I never met Kathleen, she was a mentor from afar. I love your line, “Because of inspirational educators like Kathleen, I know there is a way.” We will all continue to follow the path she paved.

  3. I had been thinking if Kathleen a lot this week and stumbled upon your blog. I interned for Kathleen five years ago at TCRWP. I’m so grateful that last summer I attended her session at the reading summer institute. Thanks for your beautiful words that came at a great time!

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