Mrs. Laura Nicholls was my favorite teacher at Nanuet Senior High School. Yesterday she retired, after 40 years of service.
High school was not the best time of my life. I was awkward, shy, and it was hard to make friends. Despite that, I was blessed to meet people who made a real difference. Laura was one of them. Some of my friends and I referred to her as “Art Mommy.” She let us sit in the art room at lunchtime. I felt safe there, and un-judged.
I always felt encouraged in her class. She always made me feel like there was so much more out there for me to see, and it was all within my reach. Laura was also there to listen, and was at the ready with sage advice and a galvanizing kick in the proverbial rear. Keep on going. Don’t let anything (or anyone) stop you. Continue reading