With only a few blogs left, I felt it important to make mention of the necessary support I have had for my weekly writing over the last six years. It is not I, the student, moving on, but my teacher and patient editor who is ‘graduating.’
Shannon Hale, writer of six best-selling young adult novels, once said, “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” Anyone who has ever played with sand knows that it takes some skill to create structures that look like castles.
This is what Dr. Joanne Thompson has done for me for six years- every weekend of every week when school is in session. What is most remarkable is how she expertly, patiently and supportively assists me in building castles with my sand.
Dr. Thompson is retiring at the end of this year after twenty-three years at St. Clement’s, and I, like her students, have benefitted from her grace, fun, and important tutelage. Through my weekly interactions with her, I have had a first-hand experience of what it is like to have her as a teacher. Not only does she help me with the mechanics of writing, she also questions, cajoles and encourages me such that I want to be a better writer. I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity and know that our students who have had Dr. Thompson as a teacher feel this way as well.
While we say goodbye to having “Dr. T” with us daily, she will remain in the fabric of SCS. She continues to be deeply connected with our St. Clement’s Alumnae, and is a wonderful resource regarding all things SCS.
Dr. T, as you read this, here’s hoping the sand isn’t too hard to mold, and THANK YOU for all that you have done!