I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Life Sciences Communication in exactly 25 days. I would not be here without the teachers I was lucky to have in my life over the years.
Every one of you played a part in making me the woman I am today. I can’t express how much that means to me, but I tried. I don’t think I’ll be ever to say thank you enough.
5th Grade Science
Thank you for being one of the first people to get me excited about science. My mom also recently reminded me you were the first person to show me “Newsies”. So I blame you for the obsession with the musical.
Your love for it and teaching us shone through and I’ve never forgotten it. I remember first doing the milk rainbows experiment in your class, and now my sorority sisters and I always use that as an activity when we do the STEM event with local Girl Scouts. It’s funny how life comes full circle. You’re one of the strongest and most inspiring women I know and I am so lucky to have you in my life.
6th Grade Humanities
Thank you for preparing me for every project that could ever be thrown my way in my education career. Not even a college projection, where I’ve done actual marketing strategies for startup companies, can compare to the project you had us do in sixth grade. I’m 100 percent serious when I say I’ve never had a harder project that that, and I’m sure many of your other students will agree. I think it was called the Dream Project? I remember mine was a court case arguing the morality bullfighting in Spain. You gave some heavy topics for a 12-year-old, but it definitely prepared me.
Your passion for what you do is unforgettable, and I thank you for passing some of that on to me.
Middle School Journalism
Thank you for starting me on the path to what would become one of my greatest loves in life. I knew I liked journalism thanks to my Mom and Dad, but I didn’t know how much I truly loved it until I started my first journalism class with you. I still have every single copy of The Portfolio that I wrote for. I opened my first AP Style book, I did my first real reporting, and I wrote my first real article in your class. Now I’m graduating with a Life Sciences Communication degree from the university I always dreamed of.
Thank you for always encouraging and supporting me in every writing endeavor I took on in middle school. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
8th Grade US History
Your class was always fun and engaging. One of my favorite memories was you showing us the only accurate moment in the Disney’s “Pocahontas” was when the rat ran on to the ship in the first 30 seconds. Also, thanks for teaching me the word paradigm, because it comes up a lot in my major.
Lately I’ve been wondering what it would be like to be in your class now with all that’s going on in the world. It’s reminded me to be grateful that you taught us to look beyond what’s written in the textbook and that where we stand depends on where we sit. It’s something I’ve never forgotten.
8th Grade English
I had the immense honor of being one of your students, or little bears as you so fondly call us. You didn’t just toss books at us and hope we would read them. You gave us novels and assignments that opened us up to a wider world of understanding and literature. I don’t think I appreciated that as much at the time as I do now. I may not still have William Blake’s “The Tyger” memorized as well as Ms. Carol’s “Science Is” (an organized body of knowledge that can be tested by experiments under controlled conditions), but I’m grateful for the assignment. It made me not afraid of poetry. And my vocabulary definitely grew stronger because of you.
Most of all, thank you for introducing me to “The Little Prince”. There’s only a few books and stories that have touched me as deeply as this one, and I only know about it because of you.
10th Grade AP World, AP Psych
Your classes were always something I looked forward to. You took a lot of complicated information and made it fun and interesting. Also, thanks for putting up with the antics of all of us in both of these classes. But you know you loved us a little bit.
It was obvious how much you cared for all of us and wanted to see do our best. We weren’t just our grades or AP scores. You wanted to make sure we all did well but actually got something out of the class. I’ll always be appreciative of that.
10th Grade English, 11/12th Grade Creative Writing
Thank you for giving us the freedom to explore our creativity in your classes. Even though we didn’t always meet the word requirement or do exactly what the assignment asked, you always loved to see what we created. I did some of my best writing in your classes. I’m sad to say I haven’t written anything since high school. Hopefully college hasn’t drained too much of my creativity, because I would love write again.
Your own passion for writing really came through in class. Thank you for helping me find my passion and inspiration.
11th Grade AP US History
Thanks for helping me get my first 5 on an AP Exam. It wasn’t always an easy class, but you made sure I got what I needed to ace the exam.
Thank you for also taking the time to notice when I wasn’t my best. With all the students and work that came through your door, you were still able to see when something wasn’t right and you took me aside to find out what. Your attention and compassion is unforgettable.
9th Grade AP Human Geography, 12th AP Euro
Thank you for making my first AP class not as intimidating or scary as I thought it would be. I obviously liked it enough to come back for AP French..I mean AP Euro. You took dense, hard topics and made it relatable and fun. Thank you for making us take map quizzes so we don’t fall into the group of Americans who are awful at geography. What you taught us matters not just in a classroom, but real life. It’s something we need more now than ever. You weren’t just trying to teach us the information for the exams, but you wanted to make us better citizens of the world.
Oh, and I was the same major for all four years. I guess I’ll have to stop by Dreyfoos to get that pizza and beer you owe me.
My freshman class with you is still one of my favorite classes in my entire educational career. Things I learned in that class I still use today. It really opened my eyes to so many different things and the role they play in communications. It was also the first time I ever saw “Dead Poets Society”, one of my all time favorite movies. A quote from it was actually my senior quote. It’s funny how so many things in life show up again and again. Even after I wasn’t in your classes anymore, I loved coming down to run an errand for Mr. Moore and then we’d end up talking for at least 45 minutes.
You are always encouraging, inspirational, and optimistic. If there were even just a few more people like you on the planet, we’d be much better for it. You’re truly one of a kind, Deluz. You told me I was on a journey when I was a freshman. You’re right, and I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m where I am on it because of you.
High School Journalism/Yearbook
I will always be grateful for the skills I learned in your classes. I still use the copy of Stunk and White I got for our intro to journalism class freshman year. I’ve used it every year or my college career. I had since freshman year of high school what some people were using for the first time. I still use your saying “don’t hit the reader over the head with a two-by-four.
Since high school, I’ve written for both of the campus newspapers, I’m a peer editor for a department’s journal, and I’ve excelled in my writing classes because of what I learned as a Muse and Marquee staffer. Thank you for your support over the years and for teaching me how to be a better writer.
12th AP Literature
Honestly, I don’t know how you dealt with our senior class. We were awful once the senior slump hit hard. I’m pretty sure I turned in my Macbeth essay four months late and you still gave me credit. Thank you for being patient and understanding even when we were at the height of senioritis.
But, I did fall in love with “Jane Eyre” in your class. I even took a whole class on the Brontë sisters last year. Thank you for exposing me to one of my favorite stories and authors.
9th Grade Science, SECME
My first take at science writing was in SECME, and in less than a month I’m graduating with a degree in science communication. Thank you for the opportunity to try what would become my passion in SECME, and for taking the time to work with me on it. What seemed like me just placing first for the essay at the SECME competition was actually finding what I want to make a career out of. Thank you for your help and guidance.
High School Speech/Debate and Creative Writing
I will always admire you because you have the magic power to manage the circus that is the Dreyfoos Communications Department. I don’t know how you do it. Maybe that’s why you didn’t notice that group of us crying in class that freshman year. I’m just kidding. In all seriousness, you are an amazing mentor and teacher. I don’t know how anything would get done around the department without you, and I sure know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. You were always supportive, even though you teased me for wanting to go to freezing Wisconsin. But it was so worth it. I hope I’m doing the department proud.
I know you’re technically Mrs. Anyzeski now, but you’ll always be Ms. Weber to me. You’re an amazing role model and I was lucky to be one of your students. Thank you for everything.
LSC Social Media
I was honestly terrified of taking your social media class sophomore year. I had no idea what I was doing and thought I was going to royally mess everything up. But you taught me how to get over the initial terror and dive in head-first and do my best. Now, I want to do social media and digital marketing, and going from never using Twitter to using it daily (for better or worse). Here I am three classes with you later and you’re still making me do that. Though, we’ll see if I get a video up on here for 532.
No matter what my goals or dreams are, you’ve always cheered me on, when when I fell short. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your mentorship these past few years. Thanks for teaching me to face my fears and always supporting me.
LSC Visual/Creative Narrative stories
You want us to understand and appreciate everything the goes into what we do. I loved learning about the science and cultural influences of color in your Visualizing Science class. The AP style work we did in your class was valuable, since every job listing I’ve so far asks for skill with it.
You genuinely care about all of your students, and you make sure our interests and identity don’t get lost in the shuffle. Just because we’re writing about a STEM subject doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Thank you for teaching me that I don’t have to sacrifice my creative writing style to write about science.
Thank you for being the best NAMA Mama anyone could ask for. You’re supportive of all of us and our aspirations, care deeply for all of your students, and you push us to do our best. NAMA was a great experience that proved agricultural marketing is what I want to do. Your love and compassion is evident in everything you do. I’m lucky to be a recipient of that. I’ll always be grateful.
Thank you all so much. You’ve changed my life.