Thank-you letters to area teachers, ‘Guiding words for guiding lights’

David McCall, Fruitvale Elementary

Amanda Talley, GMMS

Darcy Hall, PHS

Brian Nash, Valley School East

Rachel Brown, MGMS

John Arledge, PHS

Brooke Caster, MGMS

“Let’s put our minds together and see what we can do for our children.”  — Sitting Bull

David McCall, a third-grade teacher at Fruitvale Elementary, uses this quote in his e-mails. He is among the School District #51 educators who recently received thanks from their students or former students for helping them understand the power of the mind and, often, the heart. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, a selection of student letters will appear online today through Friday.

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Dear David McCall,

I chose you, Mr. McCall, as the teacher who had the biggest impact on my life. I have a lot to thank you for, for one not letting me slack off and give up on my multiplication tables. I wouldn’t know them now without your help.

Also, when I was in fifth grade, I got appendicitis and had to go into immediate surgery. When I woke up from the anesthesia, I saw a big stack of Colorado Outdoors and a big poster signed by you and most of my other classmates, and I appreciated that.

Jake Borden

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Dear Mrs. Talley,

I just wanted to tell you that you are one of my best teachers I have ever had. You have a good attitude about everything, and if you’re not feeling well, you always have a smile on your face.

You are always there when kids need you or are feeling down or sad. You always tell them things that make them happy. Even though I haven’t been at Grand Mesa very long, you have taught me things I wouldn’t have ever known. You’re a cool teacher, smart and pretty.

If I had any problems I know I could count on you to help me work them out!  Even when kids make you mad, you brush them off your shoulder and you go on teaching!  Thank you for everything, Mrs. Talley!

Alexus Castleberry

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Dear Miss Hall,

You have been a great friend and mentor to me over this last year. You are a really fun and chill person. You have fun when it’s appropriate, and you are serious and put your nose to the grindstone when it is time to be serious.

You are a great person to talk to for both problems and just for fun and to joke with. Thank you for being a great and fun person; never change.

I’m glad you are a part of my high school memories, and I am looking forward to next year with you.

Sir Kasey Brueggeman

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Dear Mr. Nash,

Mr. Nash! We have some good memories! But you have also inspired me very much. I have been trying better in school. I now want to get good grades, so I can get out of school and do something big with my life.

While in your class, I think you got me to like reading. I have read so many books this year. You were one of my favorite teachers during my middle school years.

Shaye Baer

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Dear Mrs. Brown,

I just wanted to let you know you are my favorite teacher, even with the classes I’m taking now. I really enjoyed writing for the newspaper. It was a great experience you let me have. I thank you for it even if I’m probably not going to do it again, because it was so much work to get it the way it needed to be.

I’m still currently writing poems and stories, just for fun, though. I post it on a Web site so people can read it and comment. I’m sad to say that, even with everything you taught me, I’m still as horrible at spelling as ever.

I hope you and your family are doing well and that your bike shop is, too. Thank you for the good times laughing in your class, with disco balls falling on aliens. It was great.

Summer Diedrich

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Dear Mr. Arledge,

I really don’t think you liked me that much when I got into your weight class … mostly because I had long hair. But then you came around and saw my effort in the things we did, and I think I earned some of your respect.

You made my view very different for the world, and whenever I think something is hard or I’m in a bad situation, I think of how I got through weights that week for the team and I push myself through it.

From your athlete,
Christian Graham

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Dear Mrs. Caster,

I miss you so much! I can’t believe it’s almost been a whole year. A whole year you didn’t have to shout, “Gabby, Justin, shhh!”  Don’t you miss that so much? Throwing markers at Sam’s head? I bet no one has grabbed your remote and tried to turn you off. Playing speed and ERS. Jaqi and I were always racing to see who could get you a brownie first. I always won.

I miss those days.

Oh, and on top of all that, you were an amazing teacher. I learned a ton in your class. That or I just wrote down answers while we were checking. I don’t entirely remember … just kidding. I did all my work a good majority of the time.

I love you bunches and miss you lots! Hope your new students aren’t nearly as exciting as we were. Thank you for being the fantastic teacher you are!

Gabby Thompson



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