Mr. Joe Myers: 8th Grade English
A former English student introduced herself to me today while I was checking mail in the faculty lounge. As she told me the short story of her "post-Poston" life, I was elated to hear that she was planning to enroll in med school this year.
Teachers have a tremendous responsibility to endeavor to prepare a student for whatever doors may open for each one's future. For nearly fourteen years, that's what I have attempted. Academic success combines classroom instruction, a student's engaged efforts to learn, and positive parental support. These three form a winning team. I hope that many students I've had the privilege of teaching have gained a measure of success.
However, good times eventually come to a telos, or end, and appropriately so. If you are reading this, it's because the dismantling of the Myers' home page has begun. I will say my "good byes" to students for the last time in my teaching career at Poston Junior High on Thursday, May 23rd.
I will cherish the fond memories of both colleagues and students whose lives have enriched mine so much, as we worked to keep up with the latest changes and challenges of public education and a rapidly changing culture.
During my active retirement years in Mesa, I hope to see many former students out and about, perhaps challenging me to remember their names and update me on their lives. Hopefully, I'll continue to have positive things to say about my life as well!
It's true--"to teach is to touch a life!"