Retirement Milestone

Our long time friend Don Read has retired. He has been a member of our group for at least seven years and hosted our San Francisco workshop last year. One thing I noticed about Don is how he so quickly embraced all the little details of this work. He had a No Bullshit radar thing going on. Whenever someone has worked for over 30 years at something, whatever it is, they have kind of given their life to it. So now out there in the Bay Area (Moraga/Walnut Creek area), there is a great man – we don’t have to be world famous to be great – sitting on his back porch maybe sipping on a coffee and the rest of us need to raise our cups of coffee to him so if you are drinking a cup of coffee right now do that. Face west and toast Don. He deserves it!



8 thoughts on “Retirement Milestone”

  1. Thanks for your service, Don! I’m raising my can of PBR I’m having with lunch on this fine Memorial Day to you. Your students and colleagues were lucky to have you. I hope to one day say that I’ve been a teacher for 30 years myself.

  2. Here’s to you, Don! ::raises glass to the North (because in SoCal):: Thanks for your service to your students. You may have retired from a position, but you will always be a teacher.

  3. Im so glad that Don connected me to you Ben and Tina. He’s a stand up guy that got the ball rolling at his district for CI. Later, i went to other in-service days and saw Don there cheery and accomodating people. Here’s to you Don!

  4. I am going to get a coffee now, Don! And pretend it is a glass of fine sparkly prosecco or champagne in a tall glass flute. I will watch the imaginary bubbles float up and send you the most celebratory wishes and gratitude for your work!


  5. Wow! Thank you Ben, and thank you also Carmen, Sean, Robert, Steven, and Jen. Such kind and uplifting words!

    I remember walking by your table Ben at the Denver conference in 2014. I had gone to one three-day training the previous summer and had tried TPRS, but I quit at mid-year and rushed back to the textbook. I was hoping that attending a conference would help me to understand how to make this TPRS thing work. I found your books, sat in on your session, attended one of your evening work sessions, and I was recharged and ready to try TPRS again. I also bought your books and they gave me the day-to-day strategies I needed to make a story-based classroom work. Thank you for all of your ideas and for being so generous in inviting me to join that evening session at the conference! You made the difference for this teacher!

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