Happy Poetry Friday! And, more importantly, happy retirement to Mary Lee Hahn, longtime unofficial leader of our Poetry Friday community. (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I was so tickled to get Irene Latham’s note about honoring Mary Lee today. Here’s how I feel about you, Mary Lee:
- If I were still a student, I would want Mary Lee as my teacher.
- If I were still a teacher, I would want Mary Lee as my teammate.
- If my kids were still school age, I would want Mary Lee as their teacher.
Mary Lee, thank you for all you have done in your many years as a classroom teacher. You have taught kids important things like reading and writing. But you’ve also taught them crucial things, like compassion and kindness. Thank you for everything you’ve done for so many kids! I’m sad for the hole your absence at school will leave, but I’m thrilled that you will have more time to work on your own fabulous poems!
Here are the slides I made for her birthday book a few months ago.
I am so missing Mary Lee, NCTE, and all you Poetry Friday friends right now!
Well, I am a bit teary-eyed after creating this post. For lots of wonderful poetry (and some more posts in honor of Mary Lee), skip on over to visit another fabulous teacher, Christie Wyman, who has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week!