‘My best respected, most highly regarded teacher’The cliche is “e ver y thing you
really need to know, you le arned
in ki ndergarten.”
That’s not a cli che for r et ired
te acher Marga ret Green and she
Mrs. Green, who retired in
20 03 a fter 33 yea rs as a kinderga
rten teacher in the Rockdale
ISD recently received one of
those specia l letter s which make
all t hos e hours in t he classroom
wort h it.
James Pr uett Jr., a 2010 graduate
who h as moved from R ockdale
since he was taught by Mrs.
Green more than a dozen years
ago, sent thi s letter:
“Hello Mrs. Green.
“It has been a swiftly pass
ing 12 years, but the teachings
from my influent ial ki ndergarten
te acher have never left me.
“The details of school’s lessons
have c onstantly changed , having
lit tle i mp act , t hey qu i te o fte n
v ani sh from my mind, yet some
of th em stay ed an d pa ssed th e te st of time.
“The most important one you
taug ht me , how to be a st udent For t hat I am ever grateful.
“Th r ough o ut the du ra tion of my schooling there have beemany teachers, many faces
“You stand alone at the top of
all these categories for the reason
that influence from the teacher
is t he deter mining factor placing
them in my memory.
“Your influence has kept you my
best remembered, most respecte
d and most highly regarde (teacher).
“I owe it all to you. I plan to
attend college in pursuit of a
law degree. It is my de sire to be
a pros ecu tor a nd even tu a lly a
“You encouraged me to wish
for success after hard work so, as modest ly as it may be said, I
plan to go far.
“I once heard that of a ny thing
big and important the b eginning
is t he most cr ucial part .
“So th at is why I see it as absolutely necessary to thank you
with my deepest sincerety for
prov id ing me with a foundation
for what was yet to come, for
being my first teacher.
“You created a big pa ir of shoes
which no succeeding teacher
could have ever filled.
“O nce aga i n, let me take one
final opportunity to say thank
“With respect and reverence ,
James Pr uett Jr.”
P ru ett gra duated f rom Amarillo
High S chool in May.