I could fill an entire book with stories of how my 5th/6th grade teacher inspired me, encouraged me, empowered me, became my friend for life. I’ve certainly regaled my three sons with tales of her greatness. Yet now, when I sit down to write a blog post, the words won’t come. So I’m borrowing these from my best friend since 2nd grade:

The world lost an amazing soul today with the passing of Elyce Kaplan, beloved teacher to so many of us.

Thank you, Elyce.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Curtis Weber says:

    I would love to read that book, Debbie. She was such an important person in my young life, and we kept in contact a little through the years and distance—Christmas cards every year. I can still see and hear her infectious laugh. We love you, Elyce.

  2. Teri says:

    I am the mother of a student who had Elyce in both grades 5 & 6. (Jeff Patterson) Not only does he speak often and fondly of her, but I also wanted to write from a parent’s experience. This lady was memorable for her great personality and amazing teaching talent. Just a wonderful human being who has left her mark on so many. I will try to obtain her book and read it soon. Many thanks for posting this blog and opportunity to respond. Rest in peace, Elyce.

  3. Deborah says:

    Teri– So kind of you to take the time to share your parent’s take on Elyce’s powerful influence. You know, I’ve often wondered what became of Jeff, and in fact have googled him and looked for him many times on Facebook. I remember him fondly as a really nice boy whom I was sorry I didn’t get to know better. Perhaps you can pass along my email address to him? Would love to hear from him.

    As for that book about Elyce, It’s just a fond musing. I did, though, name a character after her in my novel HONK IF YOU HATE ME. The character was a male teacher–ha!–but I went with her name as a tribute.