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Seriously Proud of These 2021 Grads!

Seriously, we are so PROUD of these grads! To make it through what they have made it through…history makers for sure! You have taught us as much or more than we have taught you by your actions and persistence during this challenging year.

Now it is time to go make history again…go out and change the world one student, one classroom at a time. We have gifted our new grads with a Mustang journal to keep record of all the lives impacted by their teaching from this day forward. History is no doubt in the making with each step forward and each student positively impacted.

While waiting in line to take their turn to walk the stage and receive their diploma, these School of Education graduates were asked to share a favorite memory from their teacher preparation program here at SMSU. Some declined the question, however, a few were willing to share…

Payton B. – those people who came to Child Lit class and shared about Braille.

Rebecca M. – The Jeffers trainings in Dr. Kandy’s class.

McKenzie D. – When the bus broke down on the way to MEA in the cities.

Kara E. – Building relationships with local educators during field experiences.

Tessa C. – Working with the kids.

Alyssa L. – Meeting my best friend in ED 101.

Miranda M. – All of the great professors.

Avery L. – Oh, the clinicals.

Alyssa G. – My favorite memory was student teaching because I had the best mentor teacher in the best classroom.

Bobby H. – Frankie because she’s Frankie.

Cole M. & Payton H. – The swimming class with Frankie and with all my classmates.  

Lana W. ­– All the learning celebrations we had together.

Issac N. – I would say how helpful each of the SMSU staff were with any questions or help with any instruction.

Carry your memories in your pocket, graduates, then you can pull them out whenever you need to smile.

All of you have found your purpose – your calling – which is teaching. Seriously, we are so PROUD of you! You remind us why we do what we do each day. We excitedly anticipate your next adventure with you; the sky is the limit and SMSU is your springboard. We leave you with a quote by Kerry Washington: “Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

Stay Calm & Best Wishes Always!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Where Does the Time Go?

Today is the day.  Not yesterday and not tomorrow.  Today is the LAST day of school for this academic year for my three sons. What happened? Where did the time go? The year just flew by!  They grew in many ways over this past year as we all have. I almost blinked and missed it.  Ms. Stella grew up, too!  She turns 2 years old today.

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Stella, the family St. Bernard dog

So as the school year ends… It is that time of year where we hear and give life speeches at graduation commencements and receptions about this is not just an ending but a beginning; a new chapter as we look to the future.  Words of advice are shared and some may be remembered.  My nephew, Samuel Dieken, is graduating from high school and will be headed to college in the fall.  I remember when he was just a little guy.  Where did that time go? He was just starting school – both shy and ready to take on the world, right?  He is again.

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Dr. Wendy knows this feeling all too well with the preschool graduation of her grandson.  Where did that time go? He was just born; he was just learning to walk and talk.  Well, he is all “grown up” and ready to take on kindergarten.  He is about to walk his own path.

It isn’t just the school year that has flown by. Everywhere I look I see life’s milestones marking time.  We recently celebrated my grandparents’ 70th wedding anniversary.
L. Joe & Betty Ann Claeys along with their children and families threw a party to celebrate this milestone.  Amazing the legacy they have created with their bond of love that started so many years ago!

Cheers to a life of love and longevity.  May we all know that.  May we not blink and miss it. A thought for this time as we wonder where the time has gone?  Don’t blink…  Remember the last moment as it has helped shape who you are today. Enjoy this moment and then the next moment.  Don’t blink.

This summer and for the rest of your days – enjoy the little moments, enjoy the big moments; remember the past, dream of tomorrow, and live life today.

Stay Calm & Live Life!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.