I would like TO
thank the Aurora Alumni Association, office of the mayor and Aurora Education Association for honoring three wonderful former colleagues (Mary Ann Balbach, Bob Luckay, John Smolko) and me on Oct. 11.
Our induction into the Honored Educators Hall of Fame was, for me, both a great surprise and a very humbling experience. It was evident from the first moment I entered the high school that day that so much planning and care had gone into the entire day. These were no thrown-together events; these were events born of much thinking - and even more heart.
The luncheon on Oct. 11 and our recognition at the AHS Homecoming game were experiences that I never could have imagined when I, at age 21, first walked into the old middle school (now the Board of Education offices) in the fall of 1966 to begin what would be a 45-year career in education.
I taught at the middle school from 1966-1978, then from 1982-1997, when I retired in January. Subsequently, I taught a bit in Hiram's Weekend College and at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. I retired for the final time (!) in the spring of 2011.
I can't begin to thank all the individuals I need to, but I do want to mention AHS Assistant Principal Brian Brookhart (and a former student) for the gracious speech he gave for me at the luncheon, and Superintendent Russ Bennett (also a former student) for the kindness he showed that day.
It was wonderful, too, to see again so many former colleagues, students, community members and leaders. It was over far, far too quickly.
I loved my years at the middle school in Aurora, loved the kids, and met and worked with some of the finest human beings I have ever known.
Daniel Dyer, Hudson