Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Notes for Mrs. Walsh

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  1. Thanks Mrs. Walsh, for leading a 7th grade class in 1998 that was supposedly "Gifted and Talented", though in retrospect, many of us may take issue with that title. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I think 7th grade is where my brain hit the math-cutoff point, so it was truly fortunate that I even made it that far, because the knowledge has served me well through the years.

    Thanks for all your years of teaching,

    Chris Devidal

  2. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    When I think about growing up in Dripping Springs, I always think of you. I can't imagine Middle School without your guidance, both inside the classroom and out. And I think I speak for the majority of your students when I say that having you as a teacher was such a blessing, because you truly wanted each one of us to live up to our potential. Also, I credit all of my good math skills on your excellent teaching!

    Thanks for all of it.

    Alex Seifert

  3. Thank you Mrs. Walsh, for all the passion you brought into teaching. You are one of the most memorable positive influence I had in my life to encourage my love for mathematics. You were always patient and understanding (and persistent) no matter the situation. I'm amazed when I think about all the students you must have impacted during your tenure... it's impressive!

    Thank you for all your guidance and support. You will always come to mind when someone asks about my best teachers.

    -Julia Robbins

  4. Mrs. Walsh,

    Although i did not have you as a teacher, i still passed by your class room everyday. I have only heard great things about you and now i wish that i would have had you for a math teacher. I know a lot of teachers and understand the troubles you all put up with everyday and I just want to say Thank You for all of the students you helped along the way. I wish you well with your troubles and god bless!

    (Jonathan Polkinghorn)

  5. Mrs. Walsh,

    You are a very special lady and I consider you one of the best teachers I have ever encountered. Thank you for dedicating your talent, passion, and life to your students. You made Algebra class very special to me not only because you were a fabulous teacher (and helped me understand it!), but because you showed me that you loved and cared for me. I appreciate and respect you more than you can ever know.
    God bless you,
    Wendi Miller Crawford

  6. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I've been fortunate to have quite a few excellent teachers, but you are among the very best. I'll never forget that when I was out of school for a month or two following a major surgery, you voluntarily came to my house to catch me up on my algebra homework. This was a greatly appreciated act of kindness during a tough time for me. My mom, who was tired of trying to explain algebra concepts to her rather grumpy daughter, was extremely grateful as well.

    Thank you for your patience and persistence with each of your students, even when we acted like horrible twelve and thirteen year olds. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Caris Hurd

  7. Dear Mrs. Walsh,
    You were by far the most influential math teacher I've ever had. You made math approachable and understandable for those of us that were not so naturally "gifted and talented" and gave me an excellent base of knowledge that continued through high school and college. I also appreciate how much time and love you gave to us all. It's incredible how patient you were with us. Thank you so much for your wisdom and devotion to our class as well as the hundreds of other students' lives you've touched. P.S. I still hesitate to use my calculator! You always made us do it by hand, and I'm grateful for that ability :)

    I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!! I wish you and your family all the best. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Love Always,
    Stephanie Poole

  8. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I remember I had you in eighth grade during the last period of the day. Even though it was the end of the day and our brains were fried, I was able to learn so much from your class. You taught math in a way that made sense to me. You were patient, understanding, and kind. I even remember you demonstrating how you were able to write perfectly with both your right and left hands. I'm still impressed by that! Thank you for all you have done for some many students! You and your family are in my prayers.

    Abby Fredrickson Bridges

  9. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    It was a relief as a teenager to know that I was understood by few adults, and I remember a few particularly awkward days in which I really needed nothing more than someone that could just see through my eyes.

    I came to you explaining my "mid-life crisis" one day after a fight with a friend, and you just nodded your head in understanding and allowed me to switch desks without any trouble. As an adult, I now know that a squabble with a friend does not constitute a mid-life crisis. But you knew that as a teenager, blows to the social life are one of the worst things that can occur.

    Though it must have been absolutely maddening at times working with 12 and 13 year-olds, I can't thank you enough for putting up with us and our silly antics because feeling understood at that age makes an incredible difference in the ability to keep going. You are absolutely appreciated and I will send lots of healing thoughts your way.

    Tessa Kloppe

  10. Dear Ann,
    We're thinking of you and missing your ever present cheer and enthusiasm. Your perseverence and commitment are legendary, no matter how tough it gets. We are praying for you and hope to see you back where you belong soon.
    Best wishes,
    Bryan Grabman

  11. Hey Mrs. Walsh, Just wanted to say thanks for being a great teacher and putting up with all the nonsense of middle school drama, you are an inspiration and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, stay strong!!!
    ~Julie Beggs Gifford

  12. Hi Ann,

    You're effervescence, enthusiasm and love for learning was a daily gift given freely to all who would accept it DSMS, students and staff alike. I will always think of you as a "teacher's teacher"; fierce when it came to upholding standards of education and gentle and tender in your relationships.

    Please rest up dear friend. Take delight in each day. Sending my love and best wishes to you. You are in my prayers daily.

    Paula Clift King

    ps Thank you Chris ;)

  13. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    You and Mr. Grabman were definitely the most influential math teachers of my life. I am not naturally talented when it comes to math, but you were always so patient with me. And though I can't say that I remember much of what you taught me about algebra now, I can say that you helped me obtain an a much better understanding of math back in 7th grade, and I really do appreciate that. I don't think I would have made it through middle school math without you!

    I will always remember how much fun your class was and how much love and time you put into teaching all of us. You are a wonderful teacher.

    Most sincerely,

    Laine Parkinson

  14. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    We've bumped into each other periodically at Walgreens over the past couple of years, and I know you and your family are going through hard times now. Please know that I think of and pray for you often.
    I had hip surgery the year that I had you, and though you may not know it, you were a huge part of an event that forever changed my life. I remember you had the whole class make me a get well card while I was in the hospital, and when I showed up at school in an ugly pink cast and wheelchair you went out of your way to help me get situated. I even remember you lending me that small board with a bean-bag filling on the underside so I could have something to write on (since sitting at a desk and table was impossible). But you were an amazing teacher, and made algebra a class I looked forward to each day.

    Thank you so much for everything and God Bless!!

    Kathrine Ross

  15. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    You are one of a kind, and I cannot even express how much you helped me gain confidence and understanding of (in my case) a really foreign subject matter. I will never forget how in the future when my struggles with math continued, you always let me come back to you for help, even when I was no longer your student.

    You helped me learn not just math, but bigger life lessons of how to overcome challenges, anxiety, and fear, one step at a time. There are no words to thank you enough for taking the time and having the patience and compassion to connect with me, and all the rest of your students, to believe in us, and teach us valuable lessons for both inside the classroom and out -- all with a smile on your face.

    Thank you so very much.

    Casey Bullock

  16. Dear Mrs Walsh,

    I don't think I was in your math class, but DS is one big family, and when someone is in need we all rally together. I'm so glad to see that you have so much support right now, I hope it lifts your spirits. We are all thinking about you and sending positive thoughts to you and your family.

    Much Love,
    Jennifer O'Donnell

  17. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    Thank you for the years at DSMS you've spent teaching something I know you love. Your passion for teaching really shines through. Thank you for the wisdom you shared with so many of us and for your seemingly endless amount of patience!

    You've been in my thoughts a lot recently since my mom let me know what you were going through. You're always in my thoughts when I think of middle school. I think of you every time someone says the word "assume" (and then try to explain why we shouldn't assume!). When someone says "Ho Ho Ho" during the holidays, I can't help but smile remembering your "Ho to the third power" sweater. :)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this hard time. Thank you again for being you and making a difference in the lives of so many of us.

    Jessica Vandivier

  18. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I have a hard time not contributing many of the great things in my life back to you. It all stemmed from being a child who fought administration to get into your GT program for 7th grade pre-algebra. I then bombed the first test hard (like around the 30-40 range) and I think you had the option to remove me and put me back into the normal class, but for some reason you didn’t and for some reason I started doing well. I now structurally design refineries and LNG facilities for one of the largest firms in the world. My resume includes some design work in the largest refinery in the world (in India) and one of the largest in the US. I say this not to boast about myself, but to acknowledge the things that I would have never been able to touch had you not taken a chance on me. I want to thank you for giving me that chance.

    Great Thanks,
    Dustin Wilson

    P.S. – None of the structures have fallen down yet so please remove if you hear about any refineries exploding. Thanks…J/K

  19. Best wishes go to a fellow teacher!!!! Good Luck and keep fighting becasue your always going to be in our prayers!

    Rebecca Robinson

  20. Mrs. Walsh,

    Big Big Hugs! You've always been on the cool list of teachers, but you're also so on the list of coolest people. Sending lots of positive energy your way!



  21. Dear Mrs. Walsh,
    It's been many years since I was in your pre-algebra and algebra I class but I still have some fond memories. Your class was always after lunch, and one of the highlights of my day. Algebra can be a very boring class but you were able to make it interesting! Thank you for that. Thank you also for using your "magic square" to cure my hiccups many a time and for teaching us the phrase "shootamonkey," an acceptable alternative to a curse word. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Nicole Laird

  22. Mrs Walsh,

    Thank you for all the patience, love and support over the years! My mom was also a middle school teacher and I know exactly what a pain Middle Schoolers can be. You were so sweet to put up with us all over the years, even if we didn't deserve it. You made learning fun and interesting, the math you taught us served as a foundation for all of our advanced studies. It must be a great feeling to know you have touched the lives of so many individuals over the years. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

    Warm Regards,
    Laura Miller

  23. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    While I never had you as a student, I did get to see first hand just how much you influenced the lives of some of my best friends. Your energy, dedication, and passion for teaching transcended the classroom. Thank you for welcoming me into your home and embracing me as another "teacher's kid." I have some amazing memories sleeping over at your house and hanging out in your classroom after school. I truly appreciate everything you did for us crazy boys.

    Blake Wendel

  24. Dear Ann,

    Thank you so much for all the great advice you've given me. I always could pop in your room and you'd listen to whatever I had to say. I'll always cherish the time I sat in on your session at CAMT. You were like a rock star in a room full of your peers. The teachers in that session just oohed and aawwed at you number sense techniques and your love for the subject shined through that day and everyday. I'll pass on the Casting out of Nines to whomever will listen and tell them about you and your passion. Thank you for being a fabulous mentor and friend.

    Love always,
    Adrienne Jones

  25. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    It seems so hard to believe that it's been more than 13 years since most of us were in your class. In some ways, it seems so long ago, but in other ways, it seems like it was just yesterday. I have so many wonderful memories from your class, and I know that I will never forget them. Thanks for being one of those teachers that always went above and beyond -- for providing us with such a wonderful foundation in math and for always encouraging us to do our best. I know that my mom already mentioned this to you, but I really did feel so blessed to have you as a teacher -- even if it meant that I had to wear shorts with a 5" inseam. It was definitely worth it! Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Lindsay Armstrong Liggett

  26. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    Math may not have been my strongest subject, but I don't think I had a teacher that believed in me more than you. No matter how frustrated I was, you were always available as a teacher, a mentor and an educator. In retrospect, I realize how lucky we were to have such a dedicated and passionate person in our lives. Thank you for everything. You helped us build a good foundation. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers.


    Kate Skelley

  27. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    When I was in seventh grade, you and I openly discussed how you reminded me of my mother. Fourteen years later, please let me clarify why that is: You remind me of my mother because you have an unapologetically silly sense of humor that is endearing, disarming and fundamentally kind. You deeply care about people in general and the students in your class. You are tenacious in a fight and loyal to the young people in your care.

    Thank you for such a memorable, colorful and vibrant year in that portable building without any windows, and for your tremendous patience in the face of so much disruption, angst and immaturity in the classroom (mostly in my part of the classroom). I can safely say that all of your students love you dearly and would love to sit down for a lesson on the base-nine system, or for a joke about how it is cobbler, in fact, that are *square,* and pi(e) that are *round.*

    Like Gopal, sending white light, prayers, positive energy and all that good stuff your way. Many thanks for your hard work and kindness.


  28. Ann - I just wanted to say I have NO idea how you put up with Mark and his affinity for everything LLB. He loses all fiscal sense in his quest for the ultimate swag, the rare CD. The last time I saw you two, you were dancing at one of their concerts. Made me jealous, as my husband has two left - boot wearing - feet, and won't dance unless fire ants are involved.

    Big ol' hugs!

  29. Ann,

    I met you a few times at LLB concerts with Mark. I'm just sorry we haven't had an opportunity to get to know each other better. Based on the notes I just read, you are truly a remarkable woman. Too bad most teachers don't touch their students as you have, which is an amazing gift to give.

    May God keep you and your family safe in his arms today and always.

    Sandra G

  30. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I did not appreciate the demands of dealing with middle schoolers on a daily basis until I worked as a substitute teacher for a semester right after college. Looking back, I am amazed that you were so patient but at the same time maintained such high expectations for us. Your passion for math and genuine concern for your students made true education possible.

    Thank you and may God bless you,
    Lauren Stucky Flake

  31. Dear Mrs. Walsh,
    I can see from these posts that I am only one of a great many people that you have touched in an unfathomable and unpay-backable way, and I am so so proud to be in that lucky group.
    It goes without saying that as a teacher you are world class. You brought such a uniquely positive and quirky style to what you did for a living. It should be noted that those of us who were not math fans still name you as a favorite. That is what separates a good from an awesome teacher.
    A couple of snapshots I will always have:
    One day, I think it must have been when I was a senior, I volunteered at a homework-help night at the DS Methodist church, and you were also there as a volunteer, and I brought my own calculus homework and started on that since there was some down time. You noticed I was doing some branch of math and were so eager to help out solely out of passion for the subject. Here you were some four years after middle school algebra class, schooling me on calculus, like you wrote the book. I will never forget that.
    I also remember one day a while back, I was over hanging out with Robert and learned that you skateboarded, and I confess I did not believe it, then you did. I won't forget that either- my math teacher skating circles around me.

    Ann I don't know how else to say it you are just one of the best people I know.

    Thank you so much for that.
    Andrew T Cave

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  33. Mrs. Walsh -

    I see from the above notes that I am not the only former student of yours that really appreciated your ability to make math accessible. I learned so much in your Algebra class simply by your confidence in me. I still don't love math, but believe it or not - I even use some algebra from time to time in my job now!
    I also appreciated getting to know you at church and through just being Robert's mom. Thank you for always welcoming us into your home and being a support system for my dad.
    I never see "Stand and Deliver" without thinking of you!
    Love to your family and God bless you all.
    Maggie Smith Wolfe

  34. Mrs. Walsh,

    You were never my teacher, but I have many great memories of hanging out at ya'lls house. Thank you for letting us be wild adolesent boys and letting us stay up all night. With all of my love my prayers go out to you and your family.

    Jonathon Shanley

  35. Mrs. Walsh,

    It takes a lot of strength and courage to put up with a bunch of snotty adolescents for so long. The good thing is is that we are all so much better off for you having done so. None of us can ever thank you enough for sacrificing so much to make an impact on our lives. But we can try. Thank you thank you thank you.


    Mason Wilder

  36. Dear Ann,

    What an incredible and unique lady! You have touched so many lives in your life....at school, church, through friends and family.

    I have always been amazed by your patience and your compassion with everyone....students, staff, ATPE (what an awesome President and leader!)

    A funny memory: my youngest daughter was in a talent show while in middle
    school. My husband and I were brought to tears as she sang, "Hands" by Jewell. We were so proud! Shortly after, you appeared on stage on roller-skates and twirling a baton. Once again Tom and I were reduced to tears, laughing so hard that we almost fell out of out seats. What a Carol Burnett moment! Thanks for the memories!

    Another memorable time was when we both were diagnosed with cancer at about the same time. I have admired your courage and strength! I so wish that you could have avoided the difficulties that you have had to face. In May at Relay for Life, I remember us taking the victory lap together. This event has taken on a whole new meaning.

    Again, thank you for everything, my friend. I love you so much!


    A funny memory: our youngest daughter was in a talent show in middle school. Her father and I were brought to tears as she sang "Hands" by Jewell. Shortly after her song, you appeared on stage twirling a baton and on roller-skates. What a Carol Burnett moment! Once again, Zmy husband and I were reduced to tears, laughing so hard that almost fell out of our seats.

  37. Dear Miss Walsh,
    I have so many thanks to give to you. Not only were you one of the most passionate and caring teachers that I have ever had, but you made sure to go the extra mile to make sure that we not only understood the material in concept, but could also apply it. I also wanted to thank you for putting up with all of us silly boys with raging hormones at your humble abode. I can not tell you how many nights I spent over there drinking Jolt and playing Magic cards. You might have even seen some funny looking, pretty muscular cheerleaders over there on Halloween.... Anyways, thank you so much for your never ending patience and understanding. Few contain that within themselves, and even fewer can show and exemplify it.
    Thank you so much for being YOU! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nathaniel Cox

  38. Mrs Walsh,
    I hope you know how much I enjoyed your class in 7th grade. I have such wonderful memories of pre-algebra and mental math. And while I know that we were probably a handful, you never gave up on us. I truly appreciate your passion to help us all love math. Thank you for everything!
    Julie Lindsey

  39. As the son of a teacher, I've gathered that teaching is probably the most thankless job in the world, and also one of the most redundant. I know about the knots in the back, sore feet, long hours, low pay, and the ENDLESS papers to grade when I'm sure all you want to do is crumple them up and throw them in the fireplace. (Except I know how much you hate the sound of crumpling paper.) What makes you a consummate professional and a first-class human is that you endured all of these things every period, every day, every year. I thnank you sincerely for that.

    And although you were a more than memorable teacher, I don't remember very much about the actual mathematics. That is not your fault. I am innumerate. What I remember most about you is what a gracious host you were whenever I stayed over with Walsh. (Robert to you, I suppose.) The way your hands looked on the steering wheel of your Dodge Neon as you drove him and me here and there - palms in the center, middle and ring fingers folded under, and pinkies and index fingers outstreached to meet not just 10 and 2, but 9 and 3 as well. How you were always ready to offer me a Capri Sun before I knew I required a Capri Sun. How carefully and lovingly you had trained Benjamin Franklin, and how much it showed in his behavior around guests like me. And how you always asked about my family, how were they doing? how's your mom? with real interest.

    Thank you for all of that, and for all of the millions of other things I don't even know about (like the deal with going over to Caris's house. I had no idea you did that. That's incredible.) And thanks of course for simply being a dedicated teacher.

    With love and respect -
    Joseph Devens.

  40. Mrs. Walsh,

    You were one of my very first (and very best) teachers at Dripping Springs. I made so many friends sitting in your classroom and I have so many great memories of the two years I was lucky enough to have you as a teacher.

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for us and for everything that you put up with while we were there. You did everything you could to make math more enjoyable for us, from Donald Duck in Math Magic Land to the magic square that always managed to cure my hiccups. Every time I hear the words "square root," I still think of you!

    Thanks for letting me join the mental math UIL club and praising me even though I was most likely the worst person on the team. I really only joined so I could hang out in your classroom after school. You were so warm and welcoming, your classroom was the only place in that school I felt comfortable spending time in after class was over.

    Your humor and enthusiasm for teaching made the years of middle school a little more bearable for me. After seeing all the notes above I guess it goes without saying, but you are truly loved by every student you have come in contact with.

    Thank you so much.

    Jessica (Tillotson) Tyre

  41. Mrs. Walsh,

    I just heard what was going on and I knew I needed to send you a note. You have been one of the biggest people in the making of me. You taught me so many things and showed me that I could find enjoyment in hard work. I know the last few years we had lost touch but I do know that you were there for many big events in my life. I will hold those memories close and keep you with me always. You have been a true friend and mentor. My family and I love you and you are in our prayers.

    David Walker

  42. Mrs. Walsh.......i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    <3 always
    kathryn R

  43. Mrs. Walsh,
    Thank you for your dedication in coming in day after day to teach us. I know we could be absolute brats at times, but you kept us in line and made us learn...despite our protests that we would never use such math in "real life".
    Now I am an artillery officer and I use your math everyday... I hope you get to feeling better. You and your family will be in our prayers.

    Semper Fi,
    Brock Lennon

  44. Dear Ann,

    I wanted to thank you for being a great inspiration to me when I first started my teaching career at Dripping Springs Middle School. I enjoyed being on your team and I will always be inspired by your passion for teaching and doing what is best for students. I miss hearing about your family and your dogs, and telling you about the funny things my cats would do. Every time I look at a penguin I think of you. I fondly remember the year one of your penguins had adventures around Austin before he found his way home. I am glad that I had to opportunity to work with such a wonderful and caring woman. You and your family are in my prayers each day.

    Nicole Porterpan

  45. Ann,

    I remember so clearly when I decided to take the Math Certification Grades 4-8 exam. I took the practice test one week prior to the actual test thinking I had it in the bag. I was so stunned when I graded my practice test and had a 45 with just ONE week to study! You were awesome. You were so willing to help me. I ended up passing pretty solidly thanks solely to you. That week you never once told me you were too busy. You helped me so much. Thank you. I love teaching 7th grade math and thanks to you I can.

    God bless you.

    Ana Garcia

  46. Ann,
    Seems just like yesterday that we started to teach together in Dripping Springs 15 years ago. I was just fresh out of college and you had been in the work world and were now a master Math Educator. You helped teach me the ropes and you showed me so much that helped to strengthen my love and passion for math. I want to thank you for this! Noone I know can crunch numbers like you can. I too think about you everytime I see purple (especially remembering your purple chair on inservice days)and every penguin that crosses my path. You've touched many students, helped shape and mold, and you've touched so many teachers along the way. I miss going to CAMT and watching you present. You have such passion for the career you chose and so many of us will try to carry on that passion for you. I also want to thank you for greeting and acknowledging Mark and I and the family when we attended church--Mark remembers you fondly for doing so. My family is thinking about you and your family daily and you all will always be held in our prayers.
    Much Love always,
    Kris Urbanovsky, Mark, Alexis and Levi

  47. Dear Ann,

    I just wanted to thank you for always going out of your way to be kind to me especially the first year I began teaching at DSMS. You always had a kind word and a positive attitude to share. I don't have to remind you how difficult that first year is.... thanks for helping my first year be a little easier. :)

    God's blessings on you and your family,
    Tenchita Marr

  48. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I want to thank you for not only being an amazing 8th grade Algebra teacher but an incredible person during my Middle School career. I've always thought you were such an outstanding teacher who went above and beyond simply teaching, but nurturing and guiding your students in the right direction. Know that God is holding your hand right now and you are being surrounded with constant love and support.

    May God bless,

    Haley Miller

  49. Dear Ann,

    It has been an honor to work with you. You have been such an incredible asset to our Credit Recovery program by reaching our struggling students. I've heard so many say, "I finally get it!".

    I also want to thank you for for giving Lindsay and Holly their prodigious foundation in math. I believe having you for their Algebra 1 teacher gave them the fundamentsal concepts to make math easy for them. Lindsay always said it was worth wearing long shorts (the dress code) to have you for her math teacher. So many of our students owe their successes in math to you.

    Lastly, I want to tell you what a blessing your friendship has been. You truly exude love for your colleagues and students. I hope you feel all the love being returned to you. I love you, Ann.

    God's blessing,
    Liz Armstrong

  50. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    From one crazy purple fan to another, I want to thank you for all the work you put into helping me learn Algebra in 8th grade. I will never forget the voices you made to help us remember the greatest common denominator. I've also never had my hiccups go away faster than when you put me on the "magic square" in front of the class.

    I know I was a difficult student to teach, but you should know that your teaching had an impact on me. I carried some of the skills I learned in your class with me through high school and even college Algebra.

    Again, thank you! You are a truly kind person. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bailey Bounds

  51. I want to thank everyone for their comments. I truly appreciate everyone's efforts. I can personally guarantee that everything to this point has been read and appreciated by my mother.

  52. Mrs. Walsh,

    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher. Through all of my math classes in college I have thought back to the things you taught me and the way you taught it to help me get through those classes. Who knew that 8th grade math would help me for the rest of my life??? I'm sure you probably did! I am also about to become a teacher myself and I hope that I can have as great of an impact on my students as you obviously have!

    You are all in my prayers,

    Tiffany Becker

  53. Mrs. Walsh,
    I want to thank you for being the backbone of the GT program at DSMS. I remember when Ray and I met with you about putting Tyler into the program. You were always a great advocate for gifted children. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our children. I am so grateful for you!

    I am praying for you and your family,
    Kimberly Briers Moore
    Tyler's Mom

  54. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    I remember calling you mom in class and no one picking up on it till the very last six weeks.

    I remember standing on desks to sing some one happy birthday.

    I remember running around the school singing made up songs about hating fractions....which I still dislike by the way.

    I remember getting detention from you for talking after you had said to be quiet.

    I remember thinking that no matter how frustrated I get with my students because they can't add or subtract you would always be a phone call away to help me think up new ways to teach them.

    So from the bottom of my heart I thank you, for 25 years of teaching, caring and always being my shoulder when I needed it.

    I Love you Mom!!!

    Earlier today, August 29th, 2010, my mother was moved to a hospice room where she will spend the remainder of her time with us. Please keep sending love, thoughts, and prayers her way.
    Thanks, Becca

  55. Mrs. Walsh,

    I want to thank you for everything you've ever done for my family. Today I was sitting in my College Algebra class at Oklahoma State and as we were learning about the distance formula, and I remembered being in your class and everything you taught.

    One of my best memories of your class was writing the purple penguin pledge. As much as at the time I really didn't want to be in your class, I still to this day use everything you taught me.

    Thank you for everything.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Chelsey Coleman

  56. Mrs. Walsh,

    Thank you for making math fun. I never liked math, or thought that I could do math until I took your class. All the activities, like the ones Becca mentioned (singing songs, measuring our wingspan, and being silly) made math an experience that I enjoyed. In the remainder of my years at school that has not happened again.

    I'm so blessed to have had you as a force in my life. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Thank you for all you have done for me,

    Hailey Harris

  57. I have so many fond memories of Number Sense practices! I really never minded spending time outside of the classroom IN your classroom... Of course, the tricks were useful (I use FOIL to this day!) but I don't think I could have spent so many hours in a room that didn't have QUITE the ambiance yours did. Whether the warm feelings resulted from your penguin statues (all classily dressed!) or the purple decorations- or graded papers, in purple pen and held together with purple staples!- I don't know, but it made math more than just a subject I enjoyed- you made math fun.

    I watched Stand and Deliver the other day, and I remember thinking back in 8th grade how lucky the students in the movie were to have such a fabulous teacher. I'm now able to appreciate that I was blessed in the same way.

    Thank you for everything,

  58. Hi Ann,

    It was great to see you again! I really enjoyed our visit. How is the new puppy?

    We miss you and your energy and especially your purple at the Middle School!! I remember one day in the staff lunch room there was a pair of purple readers that Karol Holden found. Karol said "Hmmm...Do you think Ann has been here??" We all laughed :) Did you see the photo of everyone wearing purple at the convocation? We are all rooting for you and thinking of you!

    Love you,
    Jenny McAtee

  59. Dearest Ann,
    You are always in my prayers. You have enriched the lives of so many people through your gift of teaching. You are dearly loved!
    + Peace be with you,

  60. We continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. The Lord bless and keep you all!
    Shirlene, Scott, Robert, and CJ Burroughs

  61. I don't believe my daughter was fortunate enough to have you as a teacher, however I remember her telling me she was having problems with algebra and was going to tutorials with Mrs. Walsh. I scolded her and asked why she wasn't going to her teacher. She explained that her teacher taught the concept but Mrs. Walsh showed her how to understand it. For that, I thank you Mrs. Walsh.
    I look over the many comments and notes that have been left for you on this blog. Amazing that one person has had such a huge impact on so many, and I can only imagine how many more are out there, blessed by knowing you. I know that one day, you will hear, "Faithful servant, well done"
    Bless you Mrs. Walsh for the love, support, understanding, faith, leadership and so much more that you impacted so many lives with.

  62. Mrs. Walsh,
    I never had you as a teacher, but I definitely wish I had. From reading these posts I have gotten a better understanding of what a wonderful person you are. Your strength throughout this battle with cancer is very admirable and I look up to you for that. I know that your faith in the Lord is strong as well, and you need to know that you are in my prayers and those of many others. Thank you for your dedication to everything you have done. I will always remember you for the constant smile between classes, and your wonderful obsession of purple and penguins.

    You are loved!
    Grace Elliott

  63. Dear Ann,

    Your spirit, grace, and strength awe me. One day I will have to place my feet on the path you are walking now, and I will remember your courage and heart. When I get to the other side, you and I can organize one heck of a convocation breakfast for the angels! You are very loved, my dear, and that is the measure of a very good life.
    Peace to you,
    Judy Gardner

  64. I believe that one of the fundamental questions of life is to ask "have I positively impacted others?" I believe this blog and numerous other signs of support, well wishes, compliments, etc. are a glowing affirmation that you left an indelible impact on so many students.

    Personally speaking, I remember you as an incredibly passionate and creative teacher. I was honored to have you as a memorable teacher in my educational upbringing and I think it is fair to stay that I do not stand alone in this assessment.

    Best wishes and strength to your family and may peace be with you.

    Joel Gross

  65. Dear Ann,

    Your dedication to your students and the faculty and staff you have worked with at the high school and the middle school are what I think of when I think of you! That and the color purple and your love of penguins!You have touched so many lives through teaching as is evidenced in this blog.

    I pray daily for God to grant you peace and comfort and give strength to your family for their unwavering support. God Bless you my friend.

    Christy Trussell

  66. I will always remember you as a teacher who helped guide my love and understanding of math. As my advisory teacher in 8th grade, you would always let me and Mandy color from the coloring books when we had done our homework! And in algebra, you would let us stamp the assignment books with your purple stamps, and dress up the penguins in their seasonal gear. You were always a smiling face in the hallway during my high school years, and now as a college freshman, I will undoubtedly be using the same skills of dedication and work ethic that I learned and mastered in your classrooms.

    I'll be praying for your family, and I'm sure that God has made a delightfully purple palace for you upstairs.

    Evane Corder

  67. Dear all,

    I wanted to thank you for your continued support. This morning around 530, my mother passed away. Please continue to send prayers towards heaven....who knows maybe someday there will be purple rain on penguins!!

    Thanks a bunch,

    PS I will keep you apprised of when the service is supposed to be.

  68. the memorial service will be this thursday at 7pm at the methodist church in dripping springs, tx. any and all are invited.

  69. Thank you Ms. Walsh for teaching our kids so much more than math.

  70. Dear Mrs. Walsh,

    This is my final letter to you knowing that you have been gone sense Saturday morning. They announced your pass today on Sep. 8, 2010. The pain is to much for me to bare, as you were an awesome teacher, and a best friend I could never let go of, and as of right now, I'm still not letting go. You made me smile every day, and you helped me with everything. Few people made fun of you, but the day you left they missed you, and wanted you back. In my book your still alive, in my book your heart is still beating, as the air flows through your lungs. As you stand there in my shadows, you and your purple penguins around you. The pain for you I can't take anymore, and as my tears roll down my face. . .and knowing you were the best teahcer, and close friend I ever had. So I say to Mr. Walsh, she is still with you, no matter who or what she loved, she loved you, and cared deeply for you. So as i part with this letter I shall say. . .
    I Love You, and You'll Always be Right There with Me!

    Dallas Witte

  71. To every last one of you that poured out heart, soul and mind here:

    Thank you. As Robert said (at the time), Ann had an opportunity to read (or have read to her) each of the comments made here.

    And, certainly, she heard your hearts as you wrote to her after 8/29.

    If living well includes knowing who you touched - for good and bad - during your life, then I can say that Ann lived a good life. She got a chance to see and hear so much in those few days between June 1 and September 4.

    I don't have enough perspective yet to offer you any lessons about living - except these observations from her life:

    Be abiding in your faith
    Be courageous in your convictions
    Love fully
    Choose life

    And above all, when someone asks you "when will I use this in later life", you answer: "you just write down everything you're going to do for the rest of your life, and I'll be happy to show you where you'll be using this."

    Although this material is from the Book of Eli, and thus copyrighted, I offer it here, yet again, as some of the most profound words that I know. I have come to think of it as her words upon leaving Earth around 5:27AM, September 4, 2010.


    Dear Lord:

    Thank you for giving me the strength and the conviction to complete the task you entrusted to me.

    Thank you for guiding me straight and true through the many obstacles in my path;
    and for keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost.

    Thank you for your protection and for your many signs along the way.

    Thank you for any good that I may have done;
    I'm so sorry about the bad.

    Thank you for the friends I made;
    Please watch over them as you watched over me.

    Thank you for finally allowing me to rest;
    I am so very tired but I go now to my rest ... at peace ...
    Knowing that I have done right with my time upon this earth.

    I fought the good fight...

    I finished the race...

    I kept the faith.


    That you did, dear. Miss you loads; love you forever. Until we meet again.


    Keep the faith everyone.

    Keep Ann alive in your hearts as you leave your footprints in the sands of this tired world.

    Pay the kindness forward as you get the urge and the opportunity.

    Pass your expertise - whatever the subject matter - on to some one who may benefit from the learning.

    God bless each of you...

    Mark Walsh
    Ann's Husband for 32 Years

  72. To every last one of you that poured out heart, soul and mind here:

    Thank you. As Robert said (at the time), Ann had an opportunity to read (or have read to her) each of the comments made here.

    And, certainly, she heard your hearts as you wrote to her after 8/29.

    If living well includes knowing who you touched - for good and bad - during your life, then I can say that Ann lived a good life. She got a chance to see and hear so much in those few days between June 1 and September 4.

    I don't have enough perspective yet to offer you any lessons about living - except these observations from her life:

    Be abiding in your faith
    Be courageous in your convictions
    Love fully
    Choose life

    And above all, when someone asks you "when will I use this in later life", you answer: "you just write down everything you're going to do for the rest of your life, and I'll be happy to show you where you'll be using this."