5.11.2017

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Day 11: Who inspires you?

My dad inspires me. He is a Renaissance man! He loves music, theater, education, and is a local celebrity. As a teacher, he touched countless lives and was beloved by his students. He retired from teaching the year I graduated from high school. His next professional move was to the local University, where he was the director of the Upward Bound program. Once again, he finished that job the year I graduated from that university. Next, he helped design and then directed the performing arts center at the next community's high school. Eventually, I was hired at that high school and worked my first year his last year as the program director. I guess I've followed his footsteps in a literal sense! Beyond the professional side, though, he is a great person. He is thoughtful and loves to acknowledge successes of his friends, family, and former students--when he reads about them in the newspaper, he is quick to send a note.

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