Former student’s kind words touched Marysville teacher

  • Thu Oct 7th, 2010 9:54pm
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By Kristi O’Harran Herald Columnist

Cheryl Hogle says the Oct. l edition of The Herald brought sunshine to her heart.

She was featured in this column, “Retired Marysville teacher a cheerleader and supporter.” Hogle didn’t know, until she read page B3, that a former student wanted to say “thanks” to her mentor.

“I started to cry and that made reading more difficult,” Hogle says. “I was finally able to get to a place where I was capable of reading and rereading the article.”

Sunny Moyer sprung the surprise.

“I want to tell you the story of a women who has touched my life, as well as hundreds of students over the last 20-plus years of her teaching career,” Moyer said. “Mrs. Cheryl Hogle has a look that can change the actions of a person, and words that can change a life.”

Moyer began school at Marysville Alternative High School as a freshman. The school is now called Mountain View High School. She said she was bullied, harassed and harshly judged, all no fault of her own.

Hogle offered advice and a friendly shoulder as Moyer successfully finished high school and nears graduation at Central Washington University.

“I walked to the paper box, not something I usually do because of health issues, grabbed the paper and started the jaunt back up the hill,” Hogle says. “I set the paper on the table, grabbed a cup of coffee and started reading Section A, grateful that were a few positive stories in there.”

Then she began the B section, and a headline caught her eye.

Hogle wondered who the teacher was?

“There are not words right now,” she says, “to tell you what this means to me.”

The last few years have been difficult. Her husband died. She retired with health issues.

“Through it all my ‘kids’ were there,” Hogle says. “Their cards, phone calls and Facebook messages helped to brighten a very sad time in my life. They were my life line.”

She says knowing you influenced a student is precious.

“It’s a wonderful feeling. Hoping that your words and actions will make a difference in their lives, and the lives of those they touch, makes all the hardships of being an educator worth every minute.”

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Celebrate salmon and orcas Saturday.

Orcas eat salmon. People will also eat salmon at the party.

After spending most of the summer in the San Juan Islands, orca pods are venturing south into inland waters for the fall and early winter months, traveling down Admiralty Inlet chasing blackmouth and chum salmon runs into lower Puget Sound.

Orca Network and Whidbey Watershed Stewards, for the first time, offer “Orca/Salmon Month” in Island County.

“FinFest” begins at noon at Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Drive in Freeland. Admission is $5 for adults. Planned are family activities, educational programs and a presentation about salmon by University of Washington Professor David Montgomery, author of “King of Fish” at 4 p.m. and Brad Hanson of NOAA Fisheries, who studies whale diets at 7 p.m.

Lunch is $8 and dinner is $15.

There also will be a salmon barbecue, music and a silent auction.

For more information, go to www.orcanetwork.org or call 360-579-1272.

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Hear some music, make a few bids and support Camano Island piano teacher Bonnie MacPhail.

A benefit is planned for 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Leatherheads Pub &Eatery, 10209 270th St. NW in west Stanwood.

The auction begins at 4 p.m. and music will be provided by Michael Gotz, Heartstrings, South End String Band, Michael Wooten Bluegrass and others.

In May, the 54-year-old MacPhail’s teaching came to a halt when an artery burst in her brain, says her music partner Nancy Bednarczyk.

She had brain surgery Aug. 25.

“Bonnie was born with this malformation in the artery and never knew about it,” Bednarczyk says. “She is overwhelmed with the amount of love that our community is showing.”

For more information, go to www.helpbonnieheal.com.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, oharran@heraldnet.com.