This Month from Cliff
November 30, 2016
I Am A Teacher
Tuesday, November 29, was “Giving Tuesday” across America. I was happy to be able to make an online contribution to the Herbert Kurz President’s Student Support Fund. The new RCC donation page, www.givercc.org, gave me the opportunity to make a donation in someone’s honor. I took a moment to reflect on who would be the appropriate honoree for my gift, and immediately I thought about our very diverse and very special students, a number of whom benefit from our President’s Student Support Fund. When students come to me for support, we view their transcripts and talk about their goals and their experience at RCC. They almost always mention a professor - a teacher who inspires and assists them. My donation was in honor of “RCC’s amazing faculty”
This prompted me to think about another very special teacher, my wife Wylene. She taught for 35 years, half in public schools and half as a community college professor of English. I am pleased to share with you a poem she wrote in 2009 when she spoke at RCC’s fourth annual induction ceremony of the Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.