In a message dated 10/20/2006 8:54:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Susan Menkes, I don't know but, Susan on Long Island - her I know.
Congrats to you, you deserve it if only for being such a nice person.
I always told my students: I don't care if you become a great artist
or a top scholar, it's most important that you become the sort of
neighbor I want to live next door to.
Don't forget, there are lots of Susans out there, doing their thing
everyday. Give them a pat on the back too. We all need it from
time to time.
Susan, We love you, Woody
Hi, Woody and All!
So many wrote to congratulate me- thank you all! I had wanted to highlight
just the last lines of Woody's e-mail, but it would have been out of context.
Those words-"There are lots of Susans out there" are very true and very
I'm lucky to have received the USA Today Teacher Team award, but, I also
accepted it on behalf of All the hard working art teachers across our country.
And, there ARE many, many of us who work so hard, touching the lives of our
students through our passion- art! This award helps validate what we do. The
USA article actually quotes my superintendent, "We have tried here (in
Jericho, New York) while meeting all mandates, to embrace the arts. It's about
the integration of art into everything we do." Yes! That's my wonderful
superintendent (and whole administration) who, as USA Today wrote, allows me to
"position the arts near the top of her...community agenda, despite today's
Maybe other superintendents will see this and get the right idea. I thank
USA Today for the PR on behalf of all of us in art ed- and for all of you who
also give art ed a good name through your hard work, compassion, and
dedication. All of us working toward a common goal can make it all happen!
Susan on Long Island