MASTER TEACHER: INARA HUMEYUMPTEWA (1980-2014)

The hallmark of a good school is its support staff, the amazing people who “make the trains run on time.” I am thinking of the crackerjack maintenance staff and our beloved secretaries/administrative assistants. In later postings, I shall introduce the “newbies” to Kay Hanson and Ray Esslinger.
 
Since my last posting mentioned the new library and Katie Dodge, the legendary library lady, I must honor Inara Humeyumptewa, the pillar of the library for more than thirty years. Katie Dodge penned this piece for the first Master Teachers’ reception.
 
“Inara has made great contributions to Graland in her more than twenty years in the library. In my years of knowing and working with Inara, I was always impressed with her remarkable serenity, her patience, her gentle sense of humor and her perseverance. She remains calm even in the face of confusion. Inara is dedicated to helping students, and teachers benefit from all that the Graland library has to offer. She knows the collection and its interrelationships. Whether she’s asked for a suggestion for a good book to read or has a request for research help, she skillfully leads library users to the perfect book or the information they are seeking. She has endeared herself to teachers and students alike because of her care for them and her interest in their needs.”
 
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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.