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Thank You Mrs. Hoffman

Who are you going to personally thank this year?

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Visitor Comments: 21

(16) Anonymous, November 24, 2011 6:26 PM

Mrs. Hoffman has seen and greatly appreciated your message.

Thank you Lori for your beautiful video about my sister-in-law Linda Hoffman who indeed taught first grade at Chalk Farm Public School. She and her husband still live in Toronto although she retired from teaching many years ago to have a family. You will be glad to know that her husband was on the internet this morning and actually found the video. He excitedly called his wife into the room and she saw it as well. She is most appreciative. She was and is everthing you said, always with a smile on her face and encouraging words. I met her in about 1964 and remember her talking fondly and proudly of her grade 1 students every year. I married one of her brothers and am now also Mrs. Hoffman. As it happens we now live in the United States and celebrate Thanksgiving every year. So Lori, all of the Hoffmans wish you a truly happy Thanksgiving and thanks for singly out our teachers for praise in this lovely tribute.

(15) Naomi, November 24, 2011 3:40 AM

Thank you Rabbi Rubel

I had some really great teachers in high school, Central Brooklyn. The ones that were the best were also extremely kind people, Rabbi Teichtel, Rabbi Berkowitz and Rabbi Press. The teacher that impacted on me most, however, was Rabbi Rubel. He laughed with me and challenged me. He made me feel worth his time. That is the mark of a truly excellent teacher.

(14) Antonio Perez, November 22, 2011 6:59 PM

Thankful for teachers who influenced us

Thank you Lori. I can thank many teachers over the years for their influence on my life. One who is particularly memorable is Mrs. Kapelke. She taught me patience, kindness and compassion. I was not an easy second grader. I had what they called "ants in the pants" which I guess today would be called ADD. She was always kind and patient toward me, unlike some of my later teachers. She took special time with me and never treated me harshly. Other teachers were not so pleasant to me and it wasn't until I was in the army that I think I got over their difficult influence. I suppose the military does that. Nevertheless, Mrs. Kapelke was a good and positive influence on me and one I'm especially thankful for. Also thank you Lori for your wise words.

(13) ruth housman, November 22, 2011 6:17 PM

Thank You, Mrs. Housman

It's interesting for me to read this wonderful tribute to a teacher who made such a difference to you, Lori, in grade school. For one thing, her name seems to echo my last name, and for another, I don't believe for a minute that Hoffman marrying a Hoffman, was a random event. I am following a story, and this story, written by G_d, has the earmarks of the most amazing story EVER told. "Life is a one room schoolhouse", a phrase often used by a woman who is a deep and loving part of my life through my son's marriage. And she also points out, that no matter where you cut a magnet there is always a north and a south pole. I am writing a story that is coming my way, every single day, and actually I can't write it all down, because the synchronicity, the astonishment of story is THAT intense, and I am saying, This story, has to be, The MOST amazing Story Ever Told. Told by whom? By G_d. I have the Proof. It's on paper, and coming to your beautiful Thanksgiving message is part of an ongoing, neverending story, that will bring us all, into a new state of consciousness. My life is NOT random. Thank YOU, Lori, for your luminous smile and your words of thanks. To G_d who wrote this entire story, I say, "Thank YOU for bringing me to this place at this time." My father died just before Thanksgiving, and I say, he lives. He really lives, and that it's not over, when, it's over. The AV in LOVE. Listen and you will hear this. Yes, a language-based story. in truth/ruth The Hay Library, Brown University The Mel Yoken Collection of Letters

(12) Barbara Rose Weisman, November 22, 2011 6:03 PM

loved your message

Hi Lori- As a teacher, I loved this message because it is so gratifying to hear firsthand the kind of impact that teachers can have on a child's life. I take that responsibility very seriously. Whenever I have to correct a child's behavior, I remember that to be gentle and not embarrass is so important. It's an important Jewish value. And on a personal level, I appreciated the reminder to be grateful to those who have touched our lives in so many ways. Happy thanksgiving Lori! Be well!

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