Her name is Karyn Sue…
Let me tell ya about a special lady I know. She calls herself an educator, mom, and wife. Many call her Punky, friend, sister, daughter, taskmaster and other more specific titles. All will tell ya a different story about a very special lady.
Her special golden crown frames a round face with lovin’ eyes and a quick smile that will brighten a room quickly. As a child this crown was thin and curly, so curly that many called her curly top. In adult years it has become so thick it takes two perms to curl it. Her youthful body shows some indication of bearin’ two strong boys, but that’s just the pacjkagin’.
I am always intrigued by the contents of this packagin’. I’ve seen the gentle touch of a mom nursin’ a child, the firm hand on the bottom of an errant child, and the song leader around a camp fire. I’ve heard stories of a firm taskmaster leadin’ a group of little people through a crowded baseball game. (One remark was it looked almost like a mother goose leadin’ a flock of goslings)
I was present at her graduation from college so I know all the hard work she put into that degree that allows her to teach. I was present at her weddin’ so I know all the hard work she puts into her marriage. I was watchin’ when she assisted in the recovery of both her parents, both with major physical and mental issues. I witnessed the pain of watchin’ the break up of her parents nearly thirty year marriage. Her love of life has brought an example of love to many that have watched her grow. I think she does most of her top quality educatin’ by example, both in and out of the classroom.
We all know the extra work it takes to maintain a degree in education. We all know the dedication it takes to be a great teacher year after year. I’ve seen this gal drive hundreds of miles in a thirteen week quarter to take an extra course to sharpen her skills. Take a nursin’ baby to class with her to fulfill his needs and not miss an important class.
I’ve witnessed her performin’ above and beyond the call of duty fer her school and her kids. When was the last time you or I stood in the rain to sell programs at a ball game? When did we have the endurance to git up after only a few hours sleep to cheer on a child at a soccer match? When was the last time we took the time to tutor a child in need of math help? When was the last time you or I took our last dollar to buy the ingredients fer a good bowl of soup to take to a sick friend? All of these and many more are daily activities of this dedicated woman.
We as a country have failed our educators. In most communities the garbage haulers are paid more than the folks we entrust our children to on a daily basis. The special blessin’ of life is the dedication of the many teachers like Karyn Sue Wetzel. She is the example that will entice more young folks to join the ranks of great educators. I know this is a true biography since this wonderful woman is my little girl, my daughter, and I’m damn proud to tell ya that.