Monday, May 5, 2014

Heroes Caught Reading

Yay, as many of you know, May is "Get Caught Reading Month." This year I've asked some of my heroes to send pictures or videos of themselves reading; I also invited others to share pictures of their heroes reading. So each day I'll be posting a hero with his/her book.

I chose heroes this year to focus attention on those I feel are true heroes. So often we put the wrong people on pedestals for the wrong reasons. This month it's time to honor some of those folks who are maybe unrealized. Please help me in celebrating them and our collective love of reading!

I'm going to kick off the month with a woman who is incredibly special to me. I met her in the first grade and she is still one of my nearest and dearest friends. Having been a teacher myself for a handful of years, I know the work that goes into doing a good job. But my friend Kerry Parker goes above and beyond a good job.  She's extremely devoted to her students and sharing her love of France and its language with them. She's also a devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister and aunt. She is active in her church and choir and Lions Club, and I have no idea how she finds the time to do it all! Kerry's compassion and empathy make her truly one of the most beautiful people I know. I am blessed to call her my friend and my hero.

I am not the only person who holds this woman in high esteem:

This amazing woman (reading a goofy French book) is my biggest hero/role model/and an actual angel. My French teacher, Madame Parker. I definitely love her a whole lot. She saved my life more than once and she is the person who showed me the beauty in a sunrise I never thought I would live to see. She’s a wonderful human being and I’m pretty sure I’ve never done anything to deserve the love and inspiration she shows me every day. One day I hope to inspire the level of confidence and hope she brings to life in me and the rest of her students to the people I will be teaching one day. She inspires me to get up and work at life every day and I wouldn't be able to keep growing and changing if she didn't help me bolster my confidence and shoot for the stars in everyday life. She's mine and a lot of other students' favourite teacher and we look to her for help and encouragement in our everyday lives. She is my personal hero because she's more than willing to work with me when I have a problem at home or with the people in my life and I don't really know what I would do without her. She also has an amazing taste in literature and I'm always looking for some new book to read at her suggestion.
 --Jackie Manosky


Lesa May 5, 2014 at 6:07 AM  

Jen, This is a wonderful way to celebrate "Get Caught Reading Month". And, it's perfect to start off with a teacher. You're right. They really are unsung heroes. Great feature!

Katharine Ott May 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM  

Nice idea Jen! I have lots of reading plans today, beginning with your blog!

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