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Long-ago student thanks math teacher in Hillsborough



We published a story last year in which a math teacher at Wharton High School took issue with the grading scale of the Hillsborough County school district's end-of-course exams.

joe.leadership.team_.1.jpgThrough the miracle of Google, one of her past students read the piece and was moved by it.

With both parties' permission, here's his letter:

I have been trying to locate my 7th grade math teacher, Maxine Stark, from Woodrow Wilson Jr High in Glendale, California (1972). When I did my Google search, your Feb 5, 2012 article about Hillsborough students passing mid-terms came up.

Your quotes of Maxine Stark lead me to believe this person is likely my former teacher. She was tough, but fair; just like the quotes in your article. She was also the first teacher to push me to do my absolute best and to lead me to believe I had what it takes to succeed in life.

I have always had her in the back of my mind as I continued through my education and career. Because of the confidence she instilled in me I did very well in school, earned a law degree and practiced for 18 years. For the last 8 years I have been the CEO of a community bank in the Seattle area. To this day, I thank my lucky stars for having such an amazing 7th grade teacher.

Assuming the Maxine Stark in your article is also my former teacher, I would love to contact her and thank her personally for everything she did for me. Do you have contact information for Ms. Stark?

Thanks for writing the article. It was an important piece. We all need to take a little more responsibility in our lives. Giving every kid an A regardless of effort is not the way to build a better society!

Thanks again.

Joe Adams
CEO, 1st Security Bank of Washington

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 9:35am]


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