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BC: Congratulations Ms. Iraheta!


1: Thank you Ms. Iraheta for all you have done in our English class. I knew we were hard to handle most of the time but we all appreciate it very much. Hope you have a good retirement! Thanks Nikki Dekker ‘11 | Ms. Iraheta, It was really nice having you as my last English teacher if my high school life. I hope you enjoy your last year teaching and enjoy your retired life Christy Huey ‘11 | Thank You

2: Mrs. Iraheta, You are amazing. Thank you for being who you are and being such a wonderful teacher. Love, Katelyn Turtletaub ‘11 | Mrs. Iraheta, You’re such a nice teacher!! Thank you for everything you did for your students. Hope you have a wonderful life! Joyce Zhang ‘11 | Dear Ms. Iraheta, Thank you so much for a great last high school year of English! I always looked forward to your class because it was such a great time, yet I learned so much. I am sad that you are leaving!!! Thank you so much for everything and you will be missed!!! Sincerely, Alexandra Haas class of 2011 | Ms. Iraheta, You are definitely one of the best teachers I have ever had in my entire high school career. You have taught me so much throughout my years of having you as a teacher. You have inspired me to take up English as a hobby to tutor children in. Your skills in English have helped me so much throughout college. I'm happy for you that you are coming to an end in your career as a teacher. Now you will have all the time in the world to yourself. I hope you have a great retirement Matthew Tsubota Class of 2010

3: Ms. Iraheta, You are the cutest girl ever! Have fun with everything <3 Michelle Carino ‘11 | Hey Ms. Iraheta, It's been awesome having you for English for the past 1.5 years. Have a great time in your retirement! Tiffany Ho '11 | Mrs. Iraheta, Your class was definitely one of my favorites throughout all four years of high school. I always looked forward to your class as I knew it'd be fun, whether that was because we seniors made it crazy or because you made it hilarious. Thanks for helping us create great memories during our most important and unforgettable year. Enjoy your retirement! - Nick Hampton, 2010 | Ms. Iraheta, Thank you for teaching me for 2 yrs. Your class was awesome and I will definitely miss it. I hope you have fun after you retire. Thanks for your dedication and time! Jordan Wong ‘11 | Ms. Iraheta, Thank you for being such a great teacher and putting up with our crap. It takes a lot of dedication to deal with us and I appreciate it more that you know. Paige Mughannam ‘11

4: Mrs. Iraheta, Thank You for being my English teacher senior year; it was a very fun class. Thank you also for giving those Friday writes because I know people who failed their English entrance exam, it was because they didn’t write essays all of senior year. Thanks for writing my letters of recommendation. Have a good retirement Jared Jew ‘11 | Dearest Mrs. Iraheta, Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for us this past two years. I loved being in your class and I’m glad I had you as your final class on your last year here. You will be missed! Thank you for everything and enjoy your retirement! <3 Ashmere Prasad ‘11 | Hi Ms. Iraheta, Oh~ I’m gonna miss you so much because you’re a really nice teacher! Thank you so much!!! Hope you have a wonderful life Annie Shih ‘11

5: Mrs. Iraheta, Thank you so much for all the fun times in English class. You’re an AWESOME teacher. Adrianna Fernandez ‘11 | HELLO MS. IRAHETA!!! It was such a pleasure having you as a teacher my Sen10r Year at SMHS. You were always a true spirit and such a goddess dealing with us rowdy kids. CP English really was a fun experience and a class that I will never forget. I will truly miss seeing your smiling face when I come back periodically to visit San Mateo. Take care and I wish you all of the best on your retirement. I see a lot of relaxing getaways in your near future! :P Much love, and bearcat spirit, Marisa Bonahoom Sen10r Year CP English Class of 2010 | Mrs. Iraheta, Thank You! Thank You! I’m so glad I have you this year. I’ve learned so much about Hamlet from your class, I think I have Shakespeare-obia. Anyways I enjoyed your class, I just hated those Friday Writes. Thanks so much for all the memories! You’re so cool, Ms. Iraheta. Elenoa Petelo ‘11 | Mrs. Iraheta, This is my 1st yr having you but that was enough to see the wonderful person you are. Thank you for all you did & for all your advice. I am so going to miss you big time. Enjoy & stay awesome! Kim Bautista ‘11

6: NEW YORK Home of the Big Apple | Dear Ms. Iraheta, It was so fun to be in your class this year and last year. I learned a lots of stuff in your class. Thanks for always being so patient with our class. Hope you’ll enjoy the time afterward. Kathy Zhu ‘11 | Dear Mrs. Iraheta, To be honest, you are probably the funniest and friendliest teacher I have had in high school. You get along with your students so well and we all love you! SMHS will surely miss you. No other English teacher will be able to replace you. I wish you luck and hope to keep contact with you :) -Lourdes Perez ‘11 | Dear Ms. Iraheta, It was definitely a blast to have Senior English with you this year. I hope you enjoyed all the years as a Bearcat. Enjoy retirement and good luck with your future endeavors! Thank you for being who you are and what you have done for San Mateo High School Eric Miramon ‘11

7: Mrs. Iraheta!!!! You were my Freaken Favorite English Teacher Ever! I didn’t even care How Loud I was in class you still Dealt with it and Kept your Head up High. 2010 Was a Great Year and a Successful Year Also, but 3rd Period Class Seniors were your Faviriote Class Ever! Aaron Lavulo,Tk,David Rango,James and Ramez,Jennifer,Etc..3rd Period class of 2010 Seniors was the Best Ever with you As our Tecaher,Cant even Believe you Kept up with Us. But after all we all learned SO MANY VOCABS! That you Test us on Every Week, Uggh! But in the End i Knew how to Use New Words every time I Learned Them. You’re going to Be Missed So Much but I know you'll be still around San Mateo High, Kickin it And Just Relaxing! Hahaha. Your Favorite Student Ever! Aaron Lavulo ‘10 | "Thank You Sara for always putting your students first and making my time here that much more enjoyable! I hope you enjoy every moment of retirement-you deserve it!". April Torres | Mrs. Iraheta, This year’s been amazing with you and I’m happy that I was able to have you as my Senior English teacher, I love already! Hope your life after retirement will be nothing but amazing! Telesia Unga ‘11 | "Thank You Sara for always putting your students first and making my time here that much more enjoyable! I hope you enjoy every moment of retirement-you deserve it!". April Torres | Dear Ms. Iraheta, Thank you for all your service to SMHS and being an influence on so many students’ lives. Have a fantastic retirement! -Jim Norman

8: Mrs. Iraheta, You were my teacher for 2 years and it was fun for both years. I hope you had a great time at San Mateo because we all loved having you here teaching us. Danny Hito ‘11 | Sara, You always remember that you are not just teaching students, but kids. You seem to always know that a little good natured fun can go a long way towards making your students want to learn and after all your years of teaching, you still seem to like the job and the kids. In this, you are a role-model to us all. Casey Teague | Dear Sara, Congratulations on your retirement. You definitely deserve it! You have put up with plenty of wild (but loving and funny) seniors. Your presence on campus will be missed! I hope retirement brings all you could hope for. Best Wishes Jessica Moore

9: Sara, It's been a pleasure and a privilege working with you for the past 11 years. You were the department chair who approved hiring me back then, so I owe you a particular debt. You are a very positive woman who is respectful of everyone. You’re funny and fun to be with. You have a genuine fondness for your students, and they appreciate it. Students invariably end up loving you. Many of them return years after graduation to tell you how they are doing, and how much your encouragement helped them on their path. You have always preferred working with the average student, as opposed to the high achieving student, the ones who need encouragement the most, and you’ve been successful in helping them gain better skills, more positive outlooks, and greater self regard. You’re a smart and talented woman who is also low-key. You doesn't toot your own horn, but you have plenty to be proud of. You are a philosophy major, a jazz singer, and a warm and welcoming person. You’re also one of the best looking 60-something woman I know! When you told me you were retiring this year, I was shocked, because I thought you were 10 years younger than you are. You are graceful in aging, in communicating to your students and your peers, and in supporting the goals of our high school. I will miss your calm and steady outlook, and your vast wealth of experience. I know you will enjoy retirement--spending more time with your husband and daughters and new baby granddaughters--but we will all miss you here. Sincerely, Patsy Fergusson | SARA IRAHETA IS AMAZING | Sara You are the calm centered person in our department. Everyone, students and colleagues alike, respond to this. Could it be all that jazz you’ve listened to? It's nice to have a mellow person teaching you what you need to know. Calm, mellow, kind—You definitely show true Bearcat traits. Not one to broadcast her talents, you also have an amazing ability to knit. In our group project a few years ago, your squares were perfection. It's great that, with this ability, you will have enough free time to outfit her new, cute granddaughters. Hey, you hired me! Another reason to appreciate you. Thanks for all you do! Jane McCabe

10: Sara, You are an engaging and thoughtful teacher who challenges your students and are one of the few teachers to assign a lot of writing to your classes. Students complete a weekly writing task that asks them to analyze an essay and respond to it. You use contemporary topics that challenge the reader. One student even nominated you for an award from San Jose State University as the most influential teacher he had at San Mateo High School. As for your friendship, I value the endless lunch hours we have talked about the school, students, our own children, and spouses. You have insight, intelligence, and humor. I will miss you. Ann Pappas | Dear Ms. Iraheta, You have been such an inspiration to me. From the moment I walked though your door my life was changed. You have taught me so much about writing structure and types of literature, not to mention everything we learned about Shakespeare. I love learning about the literary arts, and you class was always one of my favorites. Not only were your lectures riveting and exciting, you were always a snazzy dresser to boot! I’ve had more fun in English this year than I ever though I could. Thank you once again for all of the knowledge you’ve imparted upon me this year. When I go off to college I will always remember you as a paragon of what a teacher should be. What a tragedy that you will be leaving this year, never again to purge students of their ignorance. Enjoy retirement Sincerely Rebecca Shepler | Haaaay Mrs. Iraheta Thanks for being such a great teacher the 2 years I’ve had you! I hope you have a great life. See you soon cutie! Thanks again! Love Ginza Smith ‘11

11: Mrs. Iraheta, You were a great teacher for the two years I had you! It’s sad I won’t be able to come visit you next year. But enjoy your retirement and play lots of golf! Matt Warriya Erlick ‘11 | Ms. Iraheta, I had you my Junior and Senior year of High School. It has been a lot of hard work but overall a great class. Thanks Janet Davis ‘11 | Sara, You are the best to always take on the wildest seniors. Enjoy your retirement and be sure to come and visit. Best of luck, Ruth Micheletti | WE LOVE MS. IRAHETA

12: Sara! I can't believe you are leaving. I remember when I first got to San Mateo High School you were always there with a smile. :-) Who am I going to pass my crazy students onto now that you are gone? Enjoy the retired life... can I call ya when I need a good sub?!?! heh heh! Congratulations! I'll miss you! Nicolene McMullen | DEAR SARA....HARD TO BELIEVE YOU ARE OF RETIREMENT AGE...YOU ARE ALWAYS SO YOUNG AT HEART...CONGRATULATIONS - YOU DESERVE TO GET OUT OF THE RATRACE. YOU WILL ENJOY IT.....WILL WONDER HOW YOU EVER HAD TIME TO GO TO WORK..... TAKE CARE, BARRY MILLER | Hot Coffee to Keep You Warm

13: Dear Ms. Iraheta, I can’t believe time flew by so fast! It seemed like only yesterday that I was sitting in your English class doing a Friday Write, which by the way helped improve my writing skills significantly and allowed me to do quite well on my writing assignments in college. I have always had difficulties with reading and writing, but you made your class fun and enjoyable. Thank you so much for giving me a great senior year in high school and thanks you for always being there for me! Love, Lily Zhi Class of 2009 | Dear Sara, Lots of love and best wishes to you on your retirement. Enjoy all your free time and be sure to stay in bed late, especially on those cold, rainy mornings! I'll miss you, but remember: subbing would be a great way to stay in touch!!!!! Jeannie Kays"

14: Thanks Ms. Iraheta, It has definitely been a fun ride with you as my English teacher for the last 2 yrs. I’ve enjoyed all the conversations about sports especially the GIANTS and COLTS!! I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who is so into sports like me. Enjoy all your free time! You deserve it! Stephanie Low ‘11

15: Dear Ms. Iraheta, The year I had you as a teacher was fun. You are a funny teacher and also made the class entertaining. I hope you have an awesome time and enjoy your new job :) Maria Hernandez ‘11

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