Slice of Life Tuesdays- Chapter 4

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Tonight many people gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Mr. Sheldon Proznick. He was taken from this world April 17, 2008 so suddenly. He was a son, brother, husband, father, teacher, mentor, coach and inspiration. Sheldon Proznick was a lover of life and he spread this love of life to everyone he met.
Mr. Proznick was my gr 8. teacher in 1999/2000, where more lessons of life were learnt then historic facts and where more laughs were shared then math equations completed and where memories were made, and kept forever in our hearts.
Mr. Proznick would be found patrolling the hallways of Aberdeen school , taking away hats, but always with a smile on his face and whistling a tune. Mr. Proznick acknowledged everyone and always asked how we all were. He was always there to help a student with a math problem or personal problem and he would have done anything for his fellow colleges.
Mr. Proznick was passionate about many things; his family, golfing, the Boston Bruins, hockey, and teaching. He was an inspiration to me to become a teacher myself. I went to him for words of encouragement and advice when I was applying for the college of education just over 2 years ago. We sat and chatted a long time about teaching, school and life.
Tonight at the prayers many people from all parts of his life shared their stories of how Sheldon had touched their lives. The church was full of heartbroken people who have been touched by him in so many different ways.
I know he is in a better place now looking down upon all of us, golfing on the finest greens ever, drinking scotch and whistling.
Mr. Proznick you have had a huge impact on my life through your stories, advice and words of wisdom. You were a fantastic teacher and I am grateful to have had the pleasure to be in one of your classes. You will be greatly missed by many. Thank you

4 comments:

GirlGriot said...

Ashley, I'm sorry for your loss, and for the loss so many are feeling. Mr. Proznick sounds like exactly the kind of teacher everyone should get to experience at least once. I'm glad you had that good fortune.

pati said...

I wish I could have had a teacher like Mr. Proznick. Alas, I cannot remember any teacher with all the wonderful traits you speak. I grew up in a town of 350 people, with a county wide high school of 250 students. I think it must have been difficult to encourage teachers to choose to live in that small of a community. Teachers are such an important part of our lives. It is wonderful if you can have a teacher that inspires you to love learning.

BK said...

Ashley,
What a great piece and opportunity to share your tribute to a teacher who touched so many. A great inspiration for you.

I love this line:

know he is in a better place now looking down upon all of us, golfing on the finest greens ever, drinking scotch and whistling.

Bonnie

Kevin said...

Stories like yours remind us of the importance of a teacher in a life, and our hope as teachers that we can be the one to inspire a student -- not just for today, but for a lifetime.
Kevin