When I heard this week’s theme for The Gallery, I knew just what photo to share. This photo was taken back in 1996 when I taught third grade at Rodney B. Cox Elementary in Dade City, Florida.


Only my second year teaching and I had so much to learn and that school and those kids taught it to me.  Between old red brick walls, they taught me quite a lesson about myself and the world they we live in.

Academically and professionally, it was my toughest teaching year by far.  But it also the most spiritual, rewarding and uplifting experience in all my years of teaching.

I grew professionally and became a great teacher, thanks to Cox Elementary and those kids.  I believe I became a better person too.

I loved those kids and the person they taught me to be.

The Gallery: Every Wednesday


  1. Sandra says:

    WOW! That’s me on the top right end. I came across this photo when I googled Cox’s phone number so that I could register my son for school there!

    • Denise says:

      OH MY GOODNESS! My heart just beamed with pride. Please find me on Facebook. I would LOVE to connect with you, Sandra. You were one of my favorite students and I have such fond memories of your third grade class. It was truly one of my favorite teaching years. xox

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