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Secret Life Snap Shot #15

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Believe it or not, there was a time, many years ago, when Secret Lifer Judy was quiet and shy. Times have changed, in part, due to a great teacher. Here’s Judy’s story:

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“This is a picture of me in pre-school. Back then, I was EXTREMELY shy. I mean to the point where I wouldn’t talk to the teachers! I would nod my head yea or no when asked questions, but that was it. I would, however, talk to my two best friends, Esther and Aubrey, out on the playground or whisper in their ears during class. The teachers were on to me… they knew i was still learning despite my silence with them. One teacher in particular made a big difference in my life at the time. I wish I could remember her name. She had long brown hair and had braces and was the nicest woman in the world in my eyes. She spent a lot of one-on-one time with me during class. During recess she would share her snack with me. She liked to eat potato chips with a slice of pickle on top. I even recall going to a movie and getting ice cream with her one Saturday. She was awesome. Over time, I started trusting her and eventually whispered in her ear. I love that she spent the extra time to understand and work with me. We need more teachers like that.”

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You’d never guess it now, but when she was a girl…Judy was a whisperer

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