I've been enjoying astronomy with Dr. Winget very much! Although...I honestly missed your class a lot throughout it. Everything you taught me helped me so much and I know the reason I did well in the class was because I took astronomy with you.
I had my senior astronomy notebook with me every day and pulled from it all the time when I needed another source of reference. Having taken astronomy at LASA, I feel like this semester at college allowed me to really go in-depth with my understanding.
I just wanted to email you and give you another HUGE thank you for having made astronomy so much fun for me.
Mrs. Janice Langdon, 2nd grade. Because she taught me that learning is a joyful adventure.
Mrs. Griffith, 6th grade Science. Because she respected my intellect and gave me the complex explanations when I wanted them, despite only being a 6th grader.
Mr. George Szilagyi, Pre Algebra. Because he was compassionate and patient for students who already thought math was scary and too difficult.
Dr. Travis Weller, Band. Because he trusted me to be a leader, and inspired me to always do my very best.
Mr. Hugh Ringer, Speech. Because he taught me discipline, professionalism, and how to strive for excellence with grace and poise, and how to inspire my peers to do the same.
Mr. Jim Sankey, English. Because he had the wisdom to know exactly what teenagers need to learn, and how best to teach it to them. Truly, a Master Educator.
Mr. Gary Krenzer, Chemistry. For his enthusiasm and his teaching methodology. I modeled many of my teaching strategies after him, consciously and unconsciously.
Dr. Don Braxton, Religious Studies. Because he made me question everything I believe - which is the only true path to learning something new.
Dr. Kathy Jones, Education. For being a fantastic role model in the field of science educators, and inspiring me to make teaching science my profession, not just my job.
And my entire Juniata Physics Department(!), because each one of them was always kind and patient with me, no matter how hard I struggled and how many times I just didn't get it. I'm sure they had their doubts about me at times...
Dr. Norm Siems A legend in his own time. His encouragement, kindness, and mind-blowingly elegant explanations for complex situations is still my model of perfect education. When I grow up, I want to be him.
Dr. Jim Borgardt Because his passion for the subjects he teaches is so apparent, it's infectious. And for inspiring me to always be conscious of how science and society influence one another in such absolutely vital ways.
Dr. Jamie White Because he gave me a chance to take a class waaaay outside my comfort zone and ability range, trusting that it would still be a valuable learning experience for me. It definitely was - thank you!
Dr. Mark Pearson For making me actually do research and hands-on labs, even though I didn't have a clue what the hell I was doing and hated it most of the time. It would be many years later until I could appreciate what he wanted me to do. I wish he could see me now, teaching engineering and doing nothing but hands-on projects and open-ended labs.
Dr. Barry Bruce Because he loved demonstrating the elegant patterns to be found throughout the universe. Also, his willingness to dissent from popular theories and discuss alternative explanations has kept my mind that much more open.
Ms. Mary Atchley For being a cheerful source of support when I needed it. It was especially great to have a female role model in the physics department - it made more of a difference than I think most people know.