Saying Goodbye to a Great Educator

Jan 6, 2014

The education blog will be offline for a few days, as I head to California to say a final farewell to my grandmother, Janet Harrison. She was a talented early childhood educator, one of many women in my family with teaching in their blood. She passed away late Friday in Los Angeles, where she lived for many years.

Her sister, Renee, developed a method for teaching dyslexic children to read, and my grandmother always swore that she herself struggled as an early reader, and would likely never have learned to read without help from her sister. Perhaps it was the memory of these early struggles that made her such a compassionate and patient person.

My grandmother touched many lives as a pre-school teacher and later in life as a counselor. I will always remember her for her spotless kitchen, flawless cooking (tuna salad on toasted egg bread never tasted so good) and open arms. She was always there with a hug and a kind word for her four granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.