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Last night before I grabbed my murder mystery set in Newport, Rhode Island, I read an article on Sully in which the author connected thoughts of heroism and just doing everything right with the current election.
I woke up this morning thinking about the Master Teachers’ Wall in the Georgia Nelson building (can not recall if we capitalize this word at GCDS). There are many colleagues on this wall I consider heroes -- I would venture the word icons as well. So, today’s thoughts on the school’s history stem from my mind leaping one point to another.
I “plagiarize” from an article I wrote for our "Headlines" in 2013:
Thanks to Rosemary Fetter’s CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN, there are a number of pages devoted to not only excerpts from the many citations read at the first reception held on May 8, 1998, but also the history behind the wall. The library has a copy of this book, as do I, if you are interested in learning more about the school’s history. I also have a short video created for the school’s 75th anniversary.
Here is a brief history of the Master Teachers' Wall:
After Nancy Priest’s retirement in 1995, Ben Duke ’68, the Development Director, with able assistance from Marilyn Foster, the school’s publications coordinator, created the Master Teacher Program, “to honor those . . . individuals who had left their distinctive marks on Graland” and had served the school for twenty years or more. This tradition has continued since the initial reception in 1998. The wall provides solace on stressful days. I have had many a conversation with some of the pictures.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.