S: Memories of Mrs. B - Hugo Reid Elementary School - Fourth Grade Class 1979-1980
FC: Memories of Mrs. B From Your Fourth Grade Class 1979-1980 Hugo Reid Elementary School
1: Hugo Reid Elementary School Fourth Grade Class, 1979-1980 | Karyn Acuna Celeste Bernardini Chuck Besocke Tim Chandler Billy Darlas John “JP” DeHaven George Geis Ron Gustafson Maura Hudson Geoff Irwin Steve Julio Teresa Kiddie | David Pitts Paul Porter Jeanne Proctor Lisa Puglisi Trina Roberts Mark Smith Jocelyn Stouffer Ricky Swartzentruber Juliet Wagner Mark Welch Michelle White Shannon Wholey Kenny Zacharson
3: May 2011 Dear Mrs. Burkhalter, A couple of months ago, my mother happened to give me a box filled with pictures of myself while growing up in Arcadia. She had kept all of my Hugo Reid class pictures from second grade at the “Little School” to sixth grade at the “Big School”. I happened to post a few of them on my Facebook profile and one of them was from your fourth grade class. The response from old classmates to the picture was a great trip down memory lane. Through this, we learned that you were due to retire this coming May after dedicating yourself to children for thirty plus years. I am a teacher myself and teach sixth grade in Huntington Beach at a middle school. I have been teaching for twelve years and have taught all grades except eighth. I even attempted high school, although that last only a week and I was out of there. =) Most of my years have been dedicated to teaching all subjects at elementary school level, but presently I teach math and science only. I am still amazed that I am a math teacher. I remember struggling at it so much in fourth grade. Math was very scary to me and because of that I didn’t try to understand it, but then you helped me to understand. I remember you encouraging me to not give up and to put forth the greatest effort I had and even if I still did poorly, I knew that I had tried my best. You taught me not to be afraid of math just because I struggled at it and it wasn’t my best subject. The Resource Department at my school asks me every year if I would take the resource kids and now it is to the point to where every year I ask to have them. I know how those kids feel because I struggled in math just like they do, and every year I tell them the story about how my fourth grade teacher made a difference in my life by helping me to succeed in math. They love that story because today I am a math teacher and they know that you really did make a difference! I am so happy that I got to share this memory with you, you have made a difference in my life and I know many other lives. You are a great educator and I will always remember how caring and patient you were with me. You have dedicated so many years of your life to helping me and many others grow into respectable members of our communities. Thank you for everything that you did for me, you are a great inspiration and I will always remember you! Cheers to a happy and RELAXING retirement! Your former student, Tina Bruno Dandridge
5: My favorite 4th grade memory was having my first boyfriend Tim (Chandler) Entrekin in that class. He moved away at the end of the year. Also I remember everyone did a huge unit on Indians and I was out with the chicken pox. Mrs B said to just forget it and not worry about ever making any of the work up from it because she did not want to have to go through it again! Ha ha! It was a great class and she was always one of my favorite teachers! Enjoy your retirement, Mrs. B! :) Lisa Puglisi
7: I was so scared to enter Mrs. B’s class as a fourth grader because rumor had it that she was a “screamer.” And every now and then she would indeed let someone have it for cracking some joke (usually Billy Darlas or Kenny Zacharson if I remember correctly). But she was so devoted to teaching and so kind to me (even looking the other way when I probably did deserve a reprimand). I also remember her working very hard to create great opportunities for me in school. Thirty years later, I still have strong and fond memories of a terrific class that made me love school. Best wishes to Mrs. B from Charlottesville, Virginia for a wonderful and well deserved retirement. George Geis
9: It is quite something to remember precise phrases, Narnia books read, the points on point charts awarded, the spelling quizzes, the stern looks given, even the antics of fellow classmates when you’re only nine or ten. Yet I can recall all these memories and more with great affection, and I owe it all to my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Burkhalter. Mrs. B was the queen of one-liners, I remember – more notably the exclamation “Oh rasberries,” and the admonishment “Can’t never did anything.” It’s the latter that I find myself now using quite often on my five-year-old daughter Miranda whenever she uses the word “can’t.” I say it with the kind of zeal I know Mrs. B would expect me to give, in that crazy accent of hers. It can’t be delivered any other way, and I generate the same exact response we all used to give – a groan, and then a renewed attempt. Hey, it really works! Mrs. B, I hope you know how much love your kids had for you – you scared us, yes (in a good way!) but we came back wanting more every day we walked into your classroom. I will never forget how hard I tried in your spelling bee’s, how carefully I made tissue paper artwork, and how much I enjoyed creating my Desert Trip Plan Log to Palm Desert. Yep, still have that. I also have my report cards from every year of elementary schoolapparently the year I was in your class I got N’s every quarter for “avoids needless talking.” I wish I could say I improved there, but nope, never did! Mrs. B, quite simply you were the best teacher I ever had, and I am proud to say that my will to exceed expectations is in great part borne from the lessons you taught in and out of the classroom. Thank you for being such an inspirational teacher, and best wishes for a wonderful, relaxing retirement! Maura Hudson
10: Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook Once Tina posted the picture of our fourth grade class on Facebook, the memories started pouring out. Here are a few examples... | J.P. DeHaven Nice lady. Lover of Steve Garvey and Ding Dongs. She also gave out those great candy sticks as rewards.
11: Juliet Wagner Such a great teacher and fun class! | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
12: Steve Julio Here's my all-time favorite memory from this class (maybe all of grade school): we came in from recess really loud one day, and Mrs. B was pissed, and went off on all of us, in her typical loud (but loving) rant. Then she stopped and said, “Where’s Tim (Chandler)? who wasn’t at his desk. Then Tim pops up from under his desk and in a desperate and fearful voice yells, “Is the big monster gone?!?!” Mrs. B cracked up. | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
13: Teresa (Kiddie) Rodney Mrs. B – probably my favorite teacher of all time. | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
14: Jocelyn Stouffer Mrs. B was most definitely one of my favorites... she had the best book list! | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
15: Celeste Bernardini I think that was one of my favorite classes!!! By all means my favorite teacher! | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
16: Shannon Wholey My favorite too! Remember the point charts we had taped to our desk and we would get prizes like popcorn on Fridays? | Remembrances of Mrs. B from Facebook
17: We, the fourth grade class of 1979-1980, wish you a relaxing and happy retirement. Thank you for being our Mrs. B!