Joyce & Lane: Lessons end; friendship begins

  • Article by: Gail Rosenblum , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2012 - 12:55 PM

Lane Christianson, 44, was at his childhood elementary school in Maplewood when he saw a name on a classroom door: Mrs. Bell. He wondered, THE Mrs. Bell? He wrote an impromptu note: “I don’t know if you remember me …”

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musashimaruOct. 6, 08 2:21 AM

Nice story!

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papalarryhOct. 6, 08 6:06 AM

I had a teacher named Mr. Thomas, when I was young. He didn't have any 'favorite' students. He gave all his students everything they needed & wanted to learn. But, he also wouldn't let some students abuse or bully others. He was just a wonderful teacher and human being. He was one of the few pleasant memories I still have of growing up and going to school in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Thanks for listening, Papa Larry H (Barron, WI)

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KklblueOct. 6, 08 6:10 AM

I have a teacher like that. My fourth grade teacher followed my progress all through college. I invited him to my wedding. I ran into him last spring and he still was interested in what I was doing. Its awesome.

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Nicholas1Oct. 6, 08 8:29 AM

Finally, a GOOD story to read. Nothing political or controversial a good way to start the morning.

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nghitoOct. 6, 08 8:52 AM

Good teachers need more accolades.

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taworne1Oct. 6, 08 9:23 AM

My wife served as interim dean of her school at the college where we both teach. She could have had the job permanantly - a raise of about $28,000 over her professor's salary. She was not interested. She is an educator. She has had several student return to tell her that she made a difference in their lives. Recently a student's father drove 90 miles to thank her personally for helping his son to become a teacher. While her student, he became a father, married, and divorced. His father said without her support he would never have finished. Find that teacher that made a difference in your life and thank them TODAY.

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firefanOct. 6, 08 9:28 AM

This is a man who pulled me aside my junior year in high school and said to me "You are not stupid, why do you pretend to be?" Today that would be considered harsh - in 1975 it was the first time anyone had seen me as having potential. He and his wife became my mentors helping through the maze of college applications and when I began observations for my own education degree allowed me to come back to my old high school to observe him and my old social studies instructors. Because of Gary Gray I went from being the class clown to outstanding history grad and the teacher I am today. We hear so many bad things about teachers - the Mrs. Bell's and Gary Gray's of the world have impact far beyond our time spent with them.

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kwaseaOct. 6, 0810:46 AM

I attended that Maplewood school during the same time and can attest for all of us who were not lucky enough to have her, we were all jealous! She was viewed as the BEST 3rd grade teacher ever by all of us even back then. What a great story.

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n350354Oct. 6, 0811:31 AM

I thank you! I still think of you often and appreciate the thoughtful care you extended to me during times of doubt and wonder. Those years are golden in my mind -- and I place you all on the highest stage that features the best people I've ever encountered in life.

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mprock21Oct. 6, 0811:43 AM

Nothing more? Just a puff piece saying that grown man contacted an old teacher? Heck I do that all the time and it isn't anything newsworthy. There isn't even anything about the man's growing up or childhood or really what the teacher has been doing other then becoming a principal and getting her Phd... What REALLY made that man want to contact his old teacher... BORING....

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