When I think about my life and how I got here today, I know that God has placed many angels on Earth to help guide me along the way. Two of those early angels were Mr. Backe – my 7th grade science teacher, and Mrs. Wright – my high school guidance counselor.
Mr. Backe – I am so very thankful for you! When I was in 7th grade, I moved to NW IN and started a new school. I had just left a school where it wasn’t “cool” to be smart. In my new school, I didn’t have many friends, and I really didn’t fit in. So, when it was time to dissect a frog, I thought – there is no way! So, I asked you to allow me to write a paper on it instead. And, I am so very thankful that you asked if I would just be there the first day. If I really didn’t want to do it, you would let me go to the library and write the paper. And, as you know – I LOVED IT! Not really dissecting the frog, but I loved science! And, I truly appreciated your support! That led to taking 5 years of science in 3.5 years of high school and eventually going into pharmaceutical sales. I wouldn’t be here without you!
And, I just realized that the “thing” that got me to love science was a FROG (Forever Rely on God)! Amen!
Mrs. Wright – I am so very thankful for you! You were always there for me in high school. What I didn’t realize then is just how much that meant. Teenage years are tough – especially for girls. And you were always there. You weren’t just there to help me with classes and prepare for college applications – you listened to a lot of silly girl issues that were the world to me at that time. I cannot thank you enough for that – and all you did! And, you helped me focus on pharmacy and eventually Butler. I wouldn’t be here today without your guidance and I am so very thankful for you!