Re: Fw: [TexasCzechs] Digest Number 2049
Thanks for sharing your wonderful heritage as a Czech educator...
Out of 335 student high school, there is one Czech student...a
--- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "Russell & Kathy Smith"
> Richard wrote:past and
> Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2005 05:46:20 -0000
> From: "Richard Kotrla" <rkotrla@s...>
> Subject: Re: Czech Educators
> To my fellow listers:
> Please continue to share stories and photos of Czech educators,
> present. I along with others have enjoyed reading them. Aspreviously
> stated, Czech educators made an influence on my life, and thosewho believed
> in education. My father's formal education ended at the 8thgrade. My
> mother went on to graduate from high school, but nofurther...However, to us
> five kids, they went to great lengths to stress the importance ofeducation.
> All of us gradsuated from high school, two of us have collegedegrees...I
> would like to believe that Czech educators, past and present,bring their
> values and culture into the classroom. I display a Czech flag inmine as
> point of curiosity. It's amazing at the first of the year whatcountry the
> students think the flag represents...they never guessCzechoslovakia...
> Richard Kotrla
> Education has always been important in our family. I now teach at
> State University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.I am a
> third generation Czech educator. My grandmother (Kate Horak)taught music
> and voice, my grandfather (I've submitted the pictures) taughtsummer school
> to Czech children, my father, though a minister most of his life,held his
> teacher certification in the state of Texas. Three of the fourchildren in
> my family hold teacher certificates in the state of Texas.Whenever I have a
> Czech student in my class they are so excited because I canactually
> pronounce their name. I never fail to educate my students on theimportance
> of the Czech culture in the state of Texas.