Thursday, November 23, 2006
New MA classroom wing dedicated to McCrosky
By SUE WATSON
A crowd of students and teachers at Marshall Academy were joined by community leaders last week in a moving dedication of a new wing for kindergarten classes in memory of the late kindergarten teacher Caroline McCrosky.
Her son, Alex, joined in the celebration of his mother’s contributions to education of children.
In brief remarks, elementary principal Diane Greer joined together the Thanksgiving celebration with thanking McCrosky and said, “She has touched our lives.”
Ashley Forester, a former student, called McCrosky a great woman and a great teacher - who helped her look forward to going to school.
“I remember looking forward to going to school each and every day because she made learning for me so much fun,” Forester said. “She taught me how to write my letters correctly, how to count, and even how to be a caring person at such a young age.”
McCrosky loved her students and tracked their progress upward after they left her class.
“She would still keep up with all of us and make sure that we were OK,” Forester said. “Even as I have gotten older, I still would love to go help her decorate her room for the new year. Although she is no longer with us, I will never forget her smile or the memories I have had with her over the past 12 years at Marshall Academy.”
Steve Gresham, president of the Marshall Academy Board of Directors, called McCrosky an extraordinary teacher, one of many the school has had over the years.
Alex McCrosky said his mother taught in a number of schools but spent “the lion’s share of her time” at MA.
“She was a patriot,” he said, alluding both to the definition of the word and the symbol used as Marshall’s mascot.
“She zealously supported and defended this school, and that’s what she did for us,” he said. “She wouldn’t have wanted this (dedication) for herself, but she deserves it.”
Pastor Milton Winter remembered McCrosky as a dedicated member of the Presbyterian church, always sitting in the same seat at Sunday School.
“I knew Caroline as one of the most faithful members the church ever had,” he said. “I believe she is with us in a not-far-away place. It is a happy day for us and for her.”
Winter said the best way to remember McCrosky is to teach the children and honor God.
And he prayed, “Thanks for the gift of hope and to follow the examples of those who went before us, that teachers now will teach little children in the same way today.”
McCrosky taught kindergarten at MA 20 years and died last year in July of heart disease.
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