My thanks to an amazing teacher is long overdue. Mr. Kevin Smith was my sixth grade teacher at Blackall Memorial in St. John’s during the 1973-74 school year. He was my first male teacher and a very positive role model. I will always remember how he wrote the word “EMPATHY” in large letters on the chalkboard during one of our first days in his class. He advised us that it would be the most important concept that he would teach us. He would also read to us from The Daily News paper keeping us informed about current events.
Thank you, Mr. Smith for those inspirational life lessons. You were ahead of your time!