One of the benefits of being a teacher is to have a former student come back and thank you for making a difference in their life. The praise usually comes a few years down the road and the compliment is one of the most gratifying experiences one can receive.
Ladean Kendrick, of Stillwater, received those accolades when former student McClain Robinson submitted his essay to the "Why Eskimo Joe's Should Celebrate My Teacher." The first sentence in McClain's winning entry says it all: "Eskimo Joe's should choose to celebrate teacher Ladean Kendrick, because seven years ago she changed the course of my life." For the rest of McClain's essay and information about the contest go to http://www.eskimojoes.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=50.
I want to say "Thank you" to Ladean and all of the other great teachers in Oklahoma who are making a difference in the lives of their students.