I owe a special debt of gratitude to the kind students who nominated me for The Professional Quilter’s “Teacher of the Year” award. Thank you! This was the second year I was nominated and it is a huge honor. My fellow honorees this year are Marci Baker, Karen Combs, Carol Doak, Jane Dunnewold, Margie Engel, Maxine Farkas, Linda Franz, Diane Gaudynski, Irma Gail Hatcher, Marian Hayes, Dianne Hire, Pam Holland, Nellie Holmes, Patti Hyder, Fran Kordek, Jan Krentz, Mary Lowe, Carol Miller, Kimberly Baxter Packwood, Linda Poole, Janet Ozard Root, Sonja Shogren, Pataricia Shreiner, Lois Smith, Jill Therriault, Jane Townswick, and Janet Jones Worley. Congratulations one and all!
Astute readers are now realizing that I have begun a second paragraph under this same heading. If you could please imagine me hesitatingly, tentatively, tip-toeing to the front of the stage with a huge grin on my face, as well as a somewhat perplexed expression, that would help, for I have been selected Teacher of the Year for 2005!!! I received the news on day #8 of a ten day bout with the flu. When Morna McEver Golletz, editor/publisher of The Professional Quilter, called it took me a rather long time to process what she was saying. She probably hung up and started making notes on how to revamp the selection process. After I hung up, I checked the amount of medicine still left in the bottle, flopped back to my horizontal position under the covers, and tried to decide if I had just been dreaming. Subsequent communication with Morna and independent confirmation through congratulatory emails leads me to believe that my dream has indeed come true. Amazing!
So, thank you, AGAIN. And, should you happen to be cruising eBay and see a small, tasteful tiara that I can wear to future teaching engagements, let me know.