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Manfred the epitome of perfect teacher

I just attended my son’s high school graduation tonight (Sunday), and one figure stood out. It is Gerry Manfred.

He spent 43 years teaching high school math, and is one dedicated individual. What was so special about his retirement is that he wasn’t burnt out or had enough, it was just time.

When his retirement was announced, I was impressed by 390 graduates who gave him a standing ovation. Here is a man whose voice has echoed down the hallways of University High School for decades. I was 1 when he started teaching, so that puts me at 44. It wasn’t the adults in the arena who started the standing ovation. It was the senior class.

His impact has been there for nearly an eternity for me, and it was special to see that he was as well respected now as he had been some 26 years ago. You don’t find people like that often.

There is a gift about the man that is unique which allows him to cross timelines and fads, and really identify with the kids. He probably had more ex-students in the arena who knew him, than in the graduating class. If you ever want the epitome of the perfect teacher who cared and knew how to teach, he is the man. Trust me on this one.

James Nance

Spokane Valley

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