Challenged by Hallmark to share a story of an inspiring teacher, I went blank. though I have a number of fond memories of school, I can barely keep in mind the teacher’s names — even those that I adored.

But I’m quite sure that Facebook was invented to jog memories such as this; my former classmates were able to assist me piece together one of my treasured I-never-thought-I’d-forget-it memories.

This morning, I sent out this request:

Umm, do you recall any type of details about our Olympics of the Mind trip? I believe it was in 2nd or 3rd grade? With some teacher? about some topic? To some destination? I’m composing on a deadline…ha!

Thanks to their superior memories as well as quick research study tactics (like reading old journals or asking their parents), my fellow Mind Olympians worked once again as a team, as well as I now have a clearer memory of our most remarkable teacher, Ms. Flanagan. She set me on a path of travel, creativity, as well as list-making as well as I’m sure she doesn’t even understand it.

About a million years ago, a team of five third graders from my bit town competed in the Olympics of the Mind against a whole heap of other grade institution kids. We were in the Cruppets (abbreviation for innovative Puppets) division.

Me as well as my hazy memories

Our team composed as well as performed a fantastically ridiculous quest about Benjamin Franklin being blasted into the future while flying his kite in a storm; he ended up in the eighties as well as found remarkable things like the microwave oven as well as the contemporary publish office. We likewise did a number of superfun brainstorming challenges. According to Brad’s old notes, I was extremely great at this.

It tickles me to discover this as Whitney as well as I are currently working as consultants to a few companies, particularly by facilitating brainstorms for them (not to meniton developed this right here website as well as our two books). Apparently, I have Ms. Flanagan to say thanks to for my present task prospects.

We had two fearless parent coaches as well as one wonderful instructor to wrangle us as we composed the script, designed the set as well as puppets (while whispering about boys as well as drinking pop), as well as prepared to dominate the world with our amazing Mind Olympic feats.

Like the youngsters on Glee, we went to a number of competitions: District, Regionals, State, as well as World. Zgadza się! Unlike Glee, we skipped right over Nationals as well as kicked butt at the world Finals (Thanks Canada!) by coming in 4th place.

Since my mom was out of town, she couldn’t go along with me to new jersey for the finals, so Ms. Flanagan took me instead. Ms. Flanagan was my Mr. Schuester. In addition to being our team’s mentor, she made it possible for me to see the world. We rode an airplane together on the outbound leg. as well as on the return trip, I rode an airplane BY MYSELF! Co za dreszcz. Sure, I was scared however I was feeling so extremely capable having just put in a around the world competition of awesome.

I later found that miss Flanagan went on to ended up being primary as well as just recently retired after 24 years in my elementary school. I’m sure she was the preferred of many.

Last week, in the midst of Holden’s birthday planning as well as the lead as much as Mother’s Day was instructor Appreciation Week. While it was a great deal for me to juggle, I wished to make sure to provide thanks to the instructors in our lives who make such a difference with handwritten notes, cards, as well as a little gift. We cannot anticipate which instructors will set us on the unique path to our future.

So, here’s to remembering all those instructors as well as moments we swore we would never forget!


This jaunt down my hazy memory lane was sponsored by Hallmark, who challenged me to keep in mind since life is a special event moments!