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Middle school teacher sets example for others

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Updated: November 26, 2012 7:10AM



Did you know that retired teachers have a higher percentage of volunteering than almost any other profession?

And those who are still teaching are already “training” for that. Jane Strayer has been in training for more than 15 years. Congratulations to this delightful Thomas Jefferson Middle School teacher for recently being honored with the Indiana Academic Coach of the Year for middle schools, an award given to an educator who demonstrates qualities “above and beyond” by the Indiana Association of Principals.

For Strayer, that is just a normal way of life. Aside from her regular teaching duties as a language arts teacher, she has coached academic teams in Spell Bowl and Super Bowl English, and her championship teams are a testimony to her excellent leadership while encouraging her students to achieve their best, and to never give up.

She is a giver, helping out anyone or at any event needing a hand.

As a breast cancer survivor, she has been involved for years in the T.J. Relay for Life team and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, always hoping that cancer will soon be a thing of the past .

I’m sure there aren’t more than a handful of people who haven’t realized that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, especially with the media coverage. Even NFL players, coaches and referees are wearing pink in support of the members of a club no one wants to belong to, but that continues to add to its membership.

Those of us who are survivors continue to be aware of its impact 12 months of the year, and hope that each year researchers come closer to its end, especially when it involves having loved ones joining the B.C. club.

When our daughter, Cheryl, was given the news that her tumor was malignant, we felt our hearts and stomachs flip, and immediately began asking every family member, friend, church members and acquaintances to pray. When I learned that a dear young friend, Liz, had a double mastectomy, it made the hurt come right back, and more prayers are going upward.

I know that He hears every single one of us, and it helps me feel calmer and less worried. I firmly believe that there will be an end to this and other cancers, and I sincerely pray that it happens soon!

So keep the faith, and follow Strayer’s example. Thanks for being a giver in all ways, Jane. You are my pet person of the week.

As the winds blow and the rain falls, those beautiful autumn leaves are spreading themselves on yards, streets and sidewalks. Next week, little ghosts and goblins will be running helter skelter to get treats, no tricks, on Halloween, and I do mean RUNNING! Those wet leaves on the walks and streets can be as dangerously slippery as winter ice.

This unseasonably warm weather isn’t going to be sticking around much longer. So, please, keep yourself and them safe by keeping that in mind, and be extra cautious if you are driving during trick-or-treat hours in your area.

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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