The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

April 17, 2013

Attitudes can change perspective

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Teacher offers thanks for support

Receiving the 2013 Alternative Educator of the year award for Iowa is a huge honor. I would like to tell everyone how much I appreciate their cards, encouraging words, Facebook messages and emails. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be where I am today!

I also want to acknowledge my parents, Dave and Sharon Benson. They are the reason I am where I’m at today. They are great role models and teachers!

I want to thank my husband, Kenny, and children for their support and putting up with me while I was going through college. They were patient and understanding when things they wanted to do didn’t always happen because I was busy earning my degree.

My brother, Jim Benson, always encouraged me to keep going when things were getting difficult. He believed in me and reminded me about how great it would be when I achieved my goal. He was right! You guys are great and I love all of you!

To the rest of my family and friends, you have been awesome, and I love you too! Kim Kitterman has also been a huge help to me — thanks Kim. As you all know, I am really not that great. I have made A LOT of mistakes and will make many more, but I do love kids.

God has put a heart in me that is passionate about today’s youth and helping them be successful. I have always heard that if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life ... I haven’t “worked” a day since getting my job at Cardinal (this is my fifth year at Visions, CHS’s alternative program). I am truly thankful for my job and the opportunity to work with kids. I have fantastic students and work with great parents. I want to thank them for being awesome and making my job not a job,. Love you guys!

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