April 19, 2008

RIP Ms Ryder

I was sad to learn this week that my elementary/jr high/high school art teacher Marcia Ryder lost her battle with cancer on April 1st.

She taught in the Kittery school system since the early 80's when she had to push her art materials from class to class in a shopping cart because we didn't have a dedicated art room. In high school (where we did have an art room), she let me spend my study halls sitting in on her class when I wasn't taking art as part of my official class schedule. She inspired me a lot, having spent her entire life dedicated to her passion. I'm trying to do likewise.

She and her husband had a blog where they journalized the various stages of her battle. It's very touching.

Thank you, Ms Ryder.

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