She was one amazing woman, teacher, and friend! Ann Reichmann never ceased to amaze me. I met her when I was employed at Blackburn College, serving as the Director of Clinical Placements and Student Teaching. It didn’t take long to know her, as her reputation preceded her. Described as quite the firecracker, she captivated her audiences, telling stories like none other. If a student in her class, your eyes would be glued on her, following her every little step as she pranced quickly around the room in those heeled pumps. When she walked in the room, by golly you knew it. Her laughter, her demeanor, her bouffant hair, she totally owned the classroom, the stage, or the social gathering of which she was part.
I learned a lot from Ann Reichmann. I learned the importance of proper planning and preparation. I learned the critical nature of analyzing one’s audience before speaking (not that I always practiced this ;-)). I learned that building relationships with students comes first before ANYTHING ELSE! She modeled the importance of never judging students (anyone really) based on the opinions of others. “Let your own experiences guide you,” she would say. She also brought joy to her work, loving the job of teaching AND learning, AND always learning! Most importantly, she loved her students, her colleagues, and most especially her family, always sharing stories, so proud of them and their accomplishments. Ann Reichmann was a class act and a most amazing role model educator. I aspired to be more like her. In fact, I still do.
Obituary available HERE.
Dr. Bob Denby served as my college professor and supervisor for the English education portion of my student teaching experience. I held him in the highest esteem, as he was a man of extensive knowledge and exemplary character. He was soft spoken, but all the more reason to listen up. He modeled care, concern, compassion in every interaction, attributes that every teacher should embrace and practice if they’re not already part of who they are. Dr. Denby asked questions, lots of them, always interested in knowing more about you. Definitely a listener, one of his most recognizable traits. But his desire to provide and promote opportunities for aspiring educators was known by all. A college professor, he was committed to serving his students with fidelity and most especially, heart! He was a class act, a professional educator who truly walked the talk. A most loyal and dedicated public servant to the many professional educators he supported, Dr. Denby leaves a legacy of hope, the belief that one can change the world.
Obituary available HERE.