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'Our children are in desperate need'

Monday, January 22, 2001

Teacher of the Year issues a plea to SL parents.

By no means a small man, Guy Doud's voice echoed through the St. Mary's gym when he finished his presentation Thursday with Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."

May God bless you and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder

To the stars

And climb on every rung

And may you stay

Forever young

A former National Teacher of the Year, Doud delivered a simple message - every action, every word you do or say can shape someone else's life. Using stories from his own life as a teacher to explain, Doud kept over a hundred people entertained for over an hour Thursday night and moved many to tears.

Doud told the story of a senior girl at the school he teaches at who was upset because her father always prided himself on the accomplishments of her older sister. She hoped to live up to her older sister as well, not only to make him proud, but to convince him to stop drinking as well, Doud said.

"I remember sitting there - when a tear flowed down her face, it struck me," he said. "There's something more basic than reading, more basic than writing, more basic than arithmetic and computer skills."

The basic question, he said, is, "Who am I and what difference does that make?"

Read the rest of this article in the 1/20 Pilot Tribune.

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