‘I miss my kids.…’

Sharon Poling, Broadway Elementary, retired

Rick Green, Shelledy Elementary

Maura Balbier, Mount Garfield M.S.

Angela Johnson, Grand Mesa M.S.

Rose Moglia, Dual Immersion Academy

Heather O’Brien, Mount Garfield M.S.

Edward Blake, Redlands M.S

Renee Hodges, Mount Garfield M.S

Pamela Hensley, Broadway Elementary

Tana Mack, Grand Mesa M.S.

Eve Edmiston, Mount Garfield M.S.

Jennifer Hoover, Bookcliff M.S.

Mark Vana, Grand Mesa M.S.

“I loved my job, and I miss my kids,” retired teacher Sharon Poling said after being photographed Monday. As noted in the letter below, she was loved in return. On the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week, students express thanks to Poling and other area educators.

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Dear Mrs. Poling,

I had you in second grade, along with my cousin Haley Zanski. We loved you so much, and I remember talking with Haley about you and how fun you are.

I always thought you were so mothering to us. If we didn’t feel good or we missed our parents, you would always let us sit on your lap or something. You always let me and Haley sit together and comfort each other, ‘cause we told you we were cousins.

We also thought you were from the country of Poland, because your last name is similar. You were such a great teacher.

Thank you.

Mackayley Rossman

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Dear Mr. Green,

I know it’s been awhile, seven years actually. I’m Logan Joel Moe, one of your kindergarteners in 2003. I’m glad that I was in your class because you taught me a lot that I needed to know for first grade.

I’m in seventh grade right now having some trouble with my grades. Some bullies, too!  I have to let it go, though.

Seventh grade is hard, but your class was fun to be in. Your class was hard when I was younger. When I was done with my work, you let me into the loft to read.

I started to read chapter books in first grade. I was good. You teaching me the alphabet helped me to read—thanks for that. Thanks for teaching me all I need to know. It helped. You are one of the best teachers and the coolest!

Logan Moe

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Dear Mrs. Balbier,

You have saved me in reading and kept my energy up for all four quarters this year!  You have made me feel like it’s ok to ask questions and be part of the class. You are making reading easier for me. You inspire me to read and write every day! 

Thank you for being a wonderful teacher!

Anastasia Daley

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Dear Mrs. Johnson,

You are one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.  You have been so helpful to me year.  You helped me figure out the notes to play the music to my trumpet.

One of the things I will never forget is that you play the trombone very well.  The music is organized and has a very good sound effect. I wished I could play like that.

Thank you for teaching me how to play. You make me feel like I want to be a musical person. Thank you for being a teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School and I want your class next year.

David McBenge

P.S. I like it when you read the book that tells jokes—it’s a funny book!

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Dear Mrs. Rosita (Rose Moglia),

Thank you for being my teacher and being there when I needed you. When I was sad or mad, you were there for me.

You are an awesome teacher, and you are one of the best teachers I have ever had. You are one of the nicest people I ever met in my whole life. Mrs. Rosita, I hope you enjoy reading your letter from me.


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Dear Mz. OB1 (Ms. O’Brien),

You’re awesome!  You make the class fun without being crazy. The poetry you make is amazing!  You can make the terrible Latin stems into a cool poem. You are really unpredictable.

You can even teach us when you’re sick. Way to be a trooper. Fight the dark side!

Jake Lambdin

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Dear Mr. Blake,

You are truly like a father to me. You have not only taught me how to become a better artist but a better person. I am able to come to you and share what’s on my mind, such as what may be bothering me or anything that may be in my life at the time.

I am proud to say that you are my favorite teacher and no one can take your place. Thank you for everything. You’re great.

Angel Rosencrans

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Dear Mrs. Hodges,

I want to write this letter for you, because you have helped me this quarter. The way you explain things helps me. I’m just having fun in your class, and I want to stay in it for all of middle school. I wanted to say thank you. With my AVID class I’ve been doing much better as far as being responsible.

Caitlyn Charlesworth

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Dear Mrs. Hensley,

Even as an eighth-grader, I still remember you as my favorite teacher. You were extremely experienced and understanding. Even in fifth grade, you taught me geometry that I’m still using.

Although you were very experienced, you had a sense of humor, which is sometimes hard to find in good teachers. Out of all the teachers I’ve had, you were undoubtedly the best.

With best regards,
Brady Antonelli

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Dear Mrs. Edmiston,

Thank you for teaching me so much about gym and exercise. You are my favorite teacher this year, because you’re fun and not always stressing the kids out.

You’re also cool because you help us with our problems and not just tell us to work things out ourselves. You always go over things we don’t understand, and you’re always including yourself in the games and don’t just sit out. You’re the best teacher ever!

Toree Kvapil-Eldridge

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Dear Ms. Mack,

Thank you for helping me realize that school is important. You told me that in the long run I will wish I had done right and got good grades. I figured that a while from now I would look back and realize that you were right.

I never really listened this quarter. My mind just never really adjusted to my surroundings. I don’t know why, but you inspired me to change the most.

You are a very good inspiration, and I appreciate you for that. I never really listened to anyone, but what you said just kind of spoke to me. Thank you.

Auriana Dee Fowler

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Dear Mrs. Hoover,

Thank you for teaching me in first grade. I learned about penguins, and we played with you.

When you left, we missed you so much. You taught us, and we learned about the butterfly house.

Thanks for the song you taught. You were very good with us. You need to come back to the school and join us.


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Dear Mr. Vana,

Do you remember when I sort of lost it because someone was picking on my girlfriend?  You taught me that is wasn’t right to curse at the people who started it. You taught me that self-control is something I should demonstrate at the time.

I’ll admit that no one is perfect. I’m not your perfect student, but you make me feel important and that I am worthwhile. Remember when I was accused of doing something really bad? You knew that it wasn’t true, and you believed in me.

I thank you most for teaching me respect and self-control. I now use this all the time.

Shane Bowser

PS:  I hope to see you at Rock Jam again.

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Barb Atkins, a retired teacher, explains why she asked her students to say thanks:


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