Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Gail passed away at 4 this morning. Her husband and high school age son were by her side. Her struggle to overcome leukemia was over.

For those of us who were close to Gail, we honestly believed that she would beat this disease. Hands down, we knew that Gail could and would do it.

That Gail is no longer with us, to put it simply, we're in shock, without words.
As you look at the picture, Gail is third from the right wearing a white jacket. It was taken two years ago at a party to celebrate my retirement.

Gail was a wonderful teacher. Her love was educating kindergarten children. To Gail, there was nothing better than giving five year old kids an outstanding start that set the tone for their future educational experiences.

As her principal I know first hand that no one did it any better than our Gail. I used to kid Gail that she could "teach the pants off of anyone." That always got me a smile and a giggle.

Gail was a mentor to many teachers at our school and then later on as an associate for Dominican College. She was that good.

I'll miss Gail's infectious smile, her giggle, the love she had for mischief, and her gift to tactfully speak out in the face of adversity.

Gail was a wife, a mother, a friend to many, an associate for many more, a cheerleader for teachers, and the best person you could ever find to be your child's kindergarten teacher. She was one of a kind.

Gail: For those you left behind, we'll miss you dearly.

Rest peacefully.

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