FC: Dear Mr. Jobst, | ...
1: From all of us, to you. Happy Retirement!
2: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way." Dr. Seuss Mr. Jobst, Thank you for the gift of poetry. I find it is a beautiful way to connect with people and a wonderful gift to give. I hope you fill your time with new and grand adventures! You and Mickey will always be in my prayers. Best, Sonia Kim (2008) | Mr. Jobst, I've always considered myself a writer but after 3 grueling years in the honors track I began to question why. You made me remember why writing means so much to me! The way you teach your classes and the enthusiasm into which you delve into each piece of literature we study truly "awakened" me. Thanks for such a wonderful year! Have a happy retirement and enjoy your grandson :) Sam Otto (’10)
3: Home There are no sharp corners in this place. Everything is worn into shabby patches and ambiguous shapes. It stands in a sort of tiered slump. No edge un-battered, no color un-faded. The floors creek and sigh, the furniture groans, The ancient wooden deck lists unsettlingly to one side. Strings descend from a weather beaten hammock And weeds squirm insolently along every border. Home is totally contradicted, By the life that hums within these languid parameters. Our voices bang about at all hours, Dance light from room to room. We come and go. We run and shout and laugh, And if we’re lucky, catch a few fleeting moments of repose. | Our reward Do not steal magic from children Time steals it fast enough. They know that there will be crying No need to tell them life is tough. Remember we believed in magic, Believed so hard we made it glow. Loose that power with our innocence. Fear not, for it must be so. Do not tell them how the night feels, When there are no spirits there. Do not take from them the paintbrush, They use to make their small world fair. For we all shall catch their color muted, To tint pale days with edges hard. The art we make in early naissance, Shall someday become our reward. | Meghan McCarter PCHS Class of 2010
4: Dear Mr. Jobst, I hope you have a happy and peaceful retirement! Thanks for leading me through junior-year Honor's English and AP English senior year with enthusiasm and care. When I think back to your classes, I remember lots of poetry, intense discussions, and silly costumes. I also sincerely thank you for helping us through the emotional time of losing a friend and fellow classmate. This year we will both be starting new chapters of our lives. I hope that you enjoy your newfound freedom as much as I hope to enjoy starting veterinary school in the fall. Cheers to pushing through life's struggles and embracing new adventures! Best Wishes, Lauren Schlosser PCH Class of 2007 | Emmeline Kuo, Lauren Schlosser, Stephanie Willyerd, Allison Shenker, Jenny Cahill | Mr. Jobst, I have truly enjoyed this year and all that you have taught me and helped me with. I have always felt extremely comfortable in your class. I am so thankful that you decided to put off retirement for one more year and I was able to have you as teacher and got to know you as the amazing teacher you are. You have made my senior year in English a very memorable one and I know you will continue impacting student’s lives even after your retirement :) ~Amanda Mehrsheikh (’10)
5: Mr. Jobst, Thank you so much for helping me find my voice last year and encouraging me to submit my poetry to the Wednesday Club of St. Louis. You instilled in me a love and passion for English that I will carry with me wherever I go and no matter what I end up pursuing in life. I feel honored to call you my teacher. You care for all your students not just as members of a class, but as unique individuals. Many thanks, and best wishes. Sincerely, Ginny Morrel ('09) | Happiness Raymond Carver So early it's still almost dark out. I'm near the window with coffee, and the usual early morning stuff that passes for thought. When I see the boy and his friend walking up the road to deliver the newspaper. They wear caps and sweaters, and one boy has a bag over his shoulder. They are so happy they aren't saying anything, these boys. I think if they could, they would take each other's arm. It's early in the morning, and they are doing this thing together. They come on, slowly. The sky is taking on light, thought the moon still hangs pale over the water. Such beauty that for a minute death and ambition, even love, doesn't enter into this. Happiness. It comes on unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really, any early morning talk about it.
6: Mr. Jobst, You are one of those teachers that leave a lasting impression in a student's mind, one of those special teachers that you can't help but remember. I always appreciated how you didn't try to separate your personal life from your professional life; we could see the love you had for your family, your students, literature, and life every day. You taught us unique ways of looking at life through poetry and writing, and I will take some of those experiences with me for years to come. Thank you for touching our lives in such a gentle way. Thanks! Alyssa Curran Class of 2006 | Tom Morrel, Class of 2009
7: Mr. Jobst is a great teacher who has not only helped me become confident in taking the AP but he made a long lasting impression on my senior year of high school. He is constantly helping other students and is continually open for classroom discussion. But beyond talking about literary works, Mr. Jobst shows everyday strength that inspires students and makes a deeper impact with students individually. One of my favorite discussions that we had was when he talked about the power human choice and the influence that individuals have over each other. It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to take Mr. Jobst's class for my final semester of high school English. Gregory Ballesteros AP English 09-10 | Greg Ballesteros & Rachel Park Class of 2010
8: It was Mr. Jobst who taught me about the power of words. And as I try to recount how much Mr. Jobst means to me and how much he taught me about life, ironically, I cannot seem to find the right words. Throughout the two years that I had Mr. Jobst in Honors English Junior Year and AP English Senior Year, there are so many memories, anecdotes, and great times that come to mind. | For example, reading the novel Catch-22 and Mr. Jobst’s explanations on the absurdity of life are still things I think about everyday; I think about the absolute absurdity that exists in everywhere in my understanding of society. I think about reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, which moved me in terms of how I look at race in everyday life and quoted the book for a research paper for my Education Studies class at UCLA on race and education. I think about how Mr. Jobst gave our class a test on whether we actually read the novel Crime and Punishment in an anonymous quiz, in which questioned my own naivety and reality of my own classmates. And I think about reading his daily poems at the beginning of class, such as “Short Order Cook,” which may of seemed silly on the outside, but had a lot more depth when I looked within. These are all things and lessons that I have learned from his literature and from his classes that I truly have carried with me everyday. | But these are material things. And while they are all lessons that have helped me grow as a reader, a writer, and a person, Mr. Jobst is more than just a teacher; he is one of the most caring, wonderful, and genuine individuals I have ever met. Quite frankly, Mr. Jobst taught me about life. And he taught me about love. Not necessarily a romantic love, but a love for each other and a love for the world. If there is anyone I admire most in this world, it is Mr. Jobst not just for his passion he brought to his job everyday or his amazing skills as a teacher, but for his unbreakable optimism for living despite the most horrible hardships that would break most people. When I came to class each and every morning and saw the love he has for his family, his students, and quite frankly, for everyone and everything, I could not help but become a better person myself. | However, I am just one of the hundreds of students Mr. Jobst has touched throughout his teaching career; I personally am not only a better student but a better person because of Mr. Jobst. He once gave the quote in class that said, “but may great kindness come of it in the end.” In my everyday actions, I ask myself, if what I am doing will create the level of kindness Mr. Jobst exhibits everyday, then I am doing alright. | With your retirement Mr. Jobst, all I can ask is that great kindness comes with it in the end for you as well. Thank you for everything you have taught me. I admire you more and more everyday and realize how special of a teacher you were to all of us. Just by being you, you continue to be an inspiration and I thank you for that. Congratulations on your retirement! -Barry Goldenberg Honors/AP English 2005-2007
9: Dear Mr. Jobst, I realized how much of an impact you have had on my life, and you probably don't even know it. I don't know if you ever knew that I wanted to be a teacher in high school, but I did. I had decided to major in history so that I could teach that and I had always loved government, so I added that as my minor. But one day I was in an advisor's office going over my classes, and she mentioned that I should maybe think about adding something else to make me a more "marketable" teacher since Social Studies teachers are pretty popular right now. She suggested English. I told her I'd think about it, but I didn't think I'd do anything about it because I'd never seen English as a strong subject for me. | But as I was thinking about it, I remembered what an amazing teacher you were to me. I remembered the passion that you had for English and that I had a lot of those passions too--particularly for reading. So I decide to go ahead and add English to my college courses. And it has been more fun than I ever thought it would be, and I think that as a writer I have grown because of that decision. Now, I will be graduating with the ability to teach history, government, and English classes. You have been an amazing influence on my road to becoming a teacher. There are a few teachers that I hold in my mind as goals to shoot for, and you are one of them. I can't wait to get my own classroom and inspire at least one other kid like you have inspired me. | I hope that when the days get hard, as I am sure they will, you will remember that you have influenced a lot of people and that it is going to create a ripple effect throughout your students’ lives. I hope this finds you on a good day and that there will be many more good days to come. All my love, Kimberly Willyerd Hawks PCH class of 2005
10: Mr. Jobst had a profound effect on my high school experience. I had always loved to write, but I never shared any of my poetry with a teacher before. In fact, up until my junior year (when I took Mr. Jobst's Honors English class), I had never considered my poetry worthy of attention. That year I began writing more, and when I showed Mr. Jobst my poems, he encouraged me to keep writing. He helped me enter the Wednesday Club Poetry Contest my junior and senior year, and came to the reception when I got an honorable mention. Mr. Jobst is a caring, compassionate teacher, and I will never forget his time, encouragement, and most importantly, passion for his job. He never made me feel like I was bothering him by showing him my poetry, and he increased my confidence as a writer. I will always be grateful for his support during high school. Emily Wasserman Parkway Central '06
11: Mr Jobst- You were without a doubt my favorite teacher in high school. I was always impressed with your kindness and sensitivity. I'll never forget when you dressed up as William Bradford. Thank you for being an amazing teacher. Michelle Forquer PCHS Class of 2007 | Hi Mr. Jobst! You taught me how to think critically about poetry, but also how to appreciate the beauty of a single word, the cadence of a line. More importantly, though, you do what you love, and you love what you do - and the example you set continues to inspire me. All the best, Anna Dardick ('09)
12: From the moment Mr. Jobst stepped into our classroom as J Alfred Prufrock, I knew that I was going to be in for a very interesting year! When I learned that he was going to continue on with us to our senior AP class, I couldn’t wait. From these two years, academically, I learned so much. I learned to think more creatively and NEVER use the verb “to be”. I attribute my score on the AP to all the preparatory essays we wrote. But even beyond my academic learning, I learned about life. I learned how to be a better person and see things from new perspectives. Thank you, Mr. Jobst, for you caring concern for each of your students. You played an important part in my growth into the person I am today. Best Wishes! Stephanie Willyerd PCHS class of 2007 | Megan Gilbertson, Grace Peng, Mr. Jobst, and Becky Wright | Mr. Jobst, Thanks for being such a great teacher, one full of wisdom and humor. From your guidance in class to your guidance with NHS. My life will be forever changed for the better because I had you as a teacher. Stephen Ong (’10)
13: Mr. Jobst, thank you so much for all you've done for me. Thanks for convincing me MSA was a good idea, and then helping me get in. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks for helping me write my college essays and understand Catch-22. And thanks for making English class musical. --Grace Mosley (’10) | "In medio stat virtus" Kevin Guo, William Sun, Mr. Jobst, and Kristy Yang NHS Officers Class of 2009
14: I will always remember Mr. Jobst as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. Although he officially taught English, Mr. Jobst's greatest accomplishment in teaching probably lies outside the realms of a "typical" English class. That is, he allowed each of his students to recognize that the familiarity of everyday life has blinded us from all the beauty that saturates the world we live in, and each day he encouraged us to go out and appreciate every moment we have. For this reason, his students have the advantage of living their lives a little bit more fully than most people. One can only agree that such wisdom is what distinguishes Mr. Jobst from a "typical" English teacher, and instead is what causes everyone who was fortunate enough to know him to instead remember him as a superior one. - Andrew Protopsaltis ('09) | Dear Mr. Jobst, Thank you for making English so amazing this year. Your class has really built my confidence in writing essays. I appreciate all the time you spent with me, editing my work and talking about life. I will never forget AP English, and I will definitely miss you next year. Best regards, Christal Wang (’10) P.S. You taught like a Steinway.
15: Hi Mr. Jobst! I'm so glad that you decided last year to teach one more year. I had heard about how awesome you were for several years and was quite panicky when rumors spread around that you were retiring before you could be my teacher. Thank you for fueling not only our intellectual sides but also our creative sides as well. This year I have learned, among many things, how to better integrate my art into all aspects of my life. I feel like I have more of an artistic voice than ever before. I can wait to continue sharing my sketchbook with you in the years to come. Also, I just wanted to tell you that I think you and Mrs. Jobst are two of the bravest people I know. You have shown our class what true love and courage is and I am honored to have been taught by both of you and am praying for you. Love, Joyce Hankins (’10)
16: Hi Mr. Jobst! I think it's pretty obvious that your class was easily one of the best classes at PCH. You made words come alive, and I've been able to use so many things that you've taught me--academic or not--outside of high school. Everyone at Central is going to miss you. I wish you all the best! Love, Becky Wright (’09)
17: Mr. Jobst, A few weeks ago in my Spanish class, my professor shared her favorite verb with us, “jubilarse”. At first glance, I anticipated that this verb is a cognate and means “to jubilate”. Much to my surprise, “jubilarse” actually means “to retire”. I could not help but smile at the connotation of the false cognate and immediately thought of you. One of the most important lessons I learned from you is to appreciate the beauty of language and words. Your class was a highlight of my high school career. Thank you for your devotion to each of your students. You have worked very hard for many years, so go forth enjoy your retirement. May your retirement be filled with jubilation! Congratulations, Anna Delabar (’09) | Mr. Jobst- Your love of poetry is contagious, as is your desire to learn. Thank you for sharing these gifts with us. Best of luck! Jenny Elfanbaum (’09)
18: Words by Will Hack (’09) They say that you write best what you know from personal experience. In my personal experience, words are crap. Myth #1: Words order the world. Okay, sure. Where is this observed? A peace treaty? Your war started with a declaration, too. Did you solve global warming, words? Did you end global hunger? What have you done for me lately? You think that you help convey meaning. Look at it from my perspective. Actions speak louder than words. As in, actions mean something, and words don’t. That time you spent, spewing air, scraping rock on tree? You could’ve been doing something, man. Saying goodbye isn’t such sweet sorrow. Leaving is. Saying “I hate you” isn’t a punch to the gut like a punch to the gut is. The words “I love you” mean nothing. A tear, a look on a face, a smile and a twinkle and something that cannot be described by words. Words just can’t get the job done. Face it, words. You suck.
19: Mr. Jobst, this was one of the first pieces I wrote for you, but not the last: Light after a rainstorm Is a beautiful Shine. Sun through the Trees Shine off puddles One side of a house Still in shadow Oh I want to see the sun Sincerely, Erin Cromer (’10) | The charm of your Essence accentuates the grace of your Presence Jerry Hu (’10)
20: Mr. Jobst, I can honestly say that you are the most memorable teacher that I have ever had. You are truly incredible and I am so lucky to have been blessed with your presence this year. I have learned so much from you, yet never found myself stressed out with the workload. You are one of the only teachers that feels comfortable sharing their outside life with us, which makes us feel comfortable confiding in you. Our class has gotten so close this past year and we have you to thank for that. You are amazing teacher and your compassion shines through every single day. You've inspired me to value all the love I have in my life and not take it for granted. You are incredible in every way and we will definitely keep in touch. Thank you for everything, Lindsay Appelman (’10)
21: Mr. Jobst, Thank you so much for giving us all a wonderful senior year of English. Looking back, I realize you taught us much more than how to write our A.P. writes in 40 minutes or less. I feel like we had an extremely amazing class, and I have learned so much from you and everyone in it. One of the biggest lessons I have learned this past year is that life is not fair, and terrible things can happen to good people. I find your stregnth in your faith inspiring, and I hope someday I can obtain the strength that you have shown to all of us. The way you conducted our class was also enjoyable. Your positive outlook on life, which you shared with us through your songs and poems, I found contagious. I believe I can safely say every one of us will always remember our A.P. English class. Thank you so much for everything! Emily Sisson (’10) | Dear Mr. Jobst, It was really great having you as a teacher my senior year. You really made the class fun! You will be greatly missed by all but we will always remember you and all the fun we had in your class. Thank you for everything. Andrea Stark (’10)
22: Dear Mr. Jobst, Even after an unparalleled year in your class, I don’t have the words to express what a powerful influence you have been on me – on all of us – both as a teacher and a mentor. Your Raskolnikov impersonations and guitar serenades are absolutely unforgettable, but the enthusiasm, tenderness and sincerity with which you approach each aspect of your job have affected me deeply. I could easily discern the genuine concern you presented for each student, both as a developing mind and a developing individual. The school will not be the same without its patriarchal figure next year. You truly became a father to our class, and I believe we all felt at home in your classroom. Thank you so much for everything you have taught me about English, but more importantly about life. Enjoy your retirement! With love, AnnaLeah Larson (’10)
23: Dear Mr. Jobst, We have been through a lot together this year. Thank you so much for always being there with your unique perspective. English classes are always different, but this year will truly stand out among my senior year. Love and best of luck in the future, Connie Chen ('10) | Dear Mr. Jobst, This year with you has been phenomenal - poetry sessions, convocations, the memorable Catch 22 quiz, our Awakening field trip, hearing you sing “Charlie on the M.T.A” in class, watching your face glow with love as you speak of Kiernan - there will never be a class quite like this one! Thanks for a great senior year, and happy retirement! Love, Joy He (’10)
24: Dear Mr. Jobst, Thank you so much for the many years you spent at PCH. I wanted to use this time to reflect on how much you changed my life - by showing me how to view the world in new ways, and how to express my impressions and views of life through creative writing, essays and poetry. I appreciate your continual willingness to talk anytime, about anything, and you are one of the best teachers I ever had... which says a lot, given that I now have 4 years of college and one year of graduate school under my belt! Best wishes for a happy retirement! Kim Morrell, Class of 2005
25: Riddles As I stand on the green grass I can’t help but wonder What the giant is thinking Is he rising or is he sinking? I think he is trapped in an earthly grave Trying to claw his way out Being swallowed by Traps, Fear, Doubt -Cosmin Dumitru (’10)