I am grateful to my sixth grade teacher, Gordon Rausch, who put an emphasis on spelling in a challenging and visual way that made it important for me. It was an honor to have your name on Snoopy’s doghouse for your spelling achievements. This image was large on the classroom wall, unavoidable, a quiet reminder of the goal. By the way, one of these words knocked me out of the regional spelling bee. Yup, I still remember that word (and how to spell it) to this day.
I am thankful for the mind-broadening books of Madeleine L’Engle, who introduced this sixth grader to the tesseract (and Mr. Rausch, who read it out loud). My interest in science began with Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin. “Yes! I dare disturb the universe.”