Adiós, Sra. Merkel

first_img Adiós, Sra. Merkel Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “She always encouraged us to do our best,” former student Richard Brown said. “She inspired us to do more than we thought we could do. She helped us to be the best we could be. She called us her children and she treated us as if we were in the way that she cared for us.”And Nick Knighten said that while she is demanding and tough, Señora Merkel always made learning fun. “She is a great teacher and the school will miss her.”Making learning fun is important to Señora Merkel, whose legendary projects create the decorations that fill her room. She implemented an immersion program for advanced Spanish students and an opportunity for high school students to teach Spanish to elementary students. She also encouraged her students to embrace her passion of global travel – sponsoring an annual trip for students and parents. “I want my students to know the world and travel the world because we only get one opportunity at life,” she said.Knowing that, she reflects on her lifelong love of teaching. “I have prepared for this year,” she said. “I made a conscious effort to learn from the past and apply it to my classes to make this year one of the best. I have done the things that I meant to do but didn’t do. Now, I have done that.”And looking around her room and to recall the stories and the students whose learning took place in those desks, she gave pause. “Teaching is not a job; it’s a profession. I have devoted my life to this room. God has brought me here. I have followed His path and done His work. He will let me know what to do from here. I’m not done.”Thomas Graning contributed to this report. Print Article By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Pamela Merkel teaches her Spanish II class at Charles Henderson High School Monday. Merkel is retirning after 29 years teaching Spanish at the school. (Photo/Thomas Graning)Pamela Merkel stood in front of her classroom on Monday, pushing her students to prepare for the upcoming finals by once again tackling the importance of tenses.“What kind of a shoe verb is this?” she queried. “Which of those tenses will be impacted by that?”Surrounded by piñatas and projects crafted by students who had passed through her classroom over the past 29 years, Merkel challenged the Spanish II students to dig deep into their notes and collective knowledge – a process she’s mastered over more than 35 years as a teacher. Published 11:00 pm Monday, May 13, 2013 Yet, even as she completed the review, it was a bittersweet moment, as she knew it was the last she would conduct in a high school classroom as she retires at the end of the academic year.“This room was stark naked when I came here,” she said. “Now the room is a happy room and is populated with handprints of children from the past.”Those “children from the past” include men like Shawn Maldon, who now operates a language interpretation company in Washington, D.C. “Señora Merkel didn’t just teach Spanish. She taught her students how to learn. She has inspired a legion of students to pursue their dreams,” he said. Maldon coordinated and hosted a surprise reception for Merkel on Saturday, just one of the events to mark her retirement. “I could not let Señora Merkel retire and not be there to celebrate with her,” Maldon said. “She has had such a phenomenal influence on my life. I wanted her to know. I wanted to honor her.”And in honoring the woman he said was “born to teach,” he gathered scores of her former students as well to pay tribute.For her, the event was an overwhelming moment. “It’s just like all this love has come forth,” Merkel said of the response to her retirement. “I have never heard of a teacher getting a proclamation from the governor and the mayor. I was speechless.”That is a rarity for the woman who speaks five languages and prides herself on challenging students to think, talk and act. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content You Might Like Congrats, grads! The largest class ever to graduate from Troy University filled the Trojan Arena on Friday morning, made up of students… read more Email the author Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more