Our school community has suffered a tremendous loss. Our colleague, elementary teacher Phyllis Albert, passed away unexpectedly February 29, 2012.
Phyllis came to our district in 1972 as a teacher at Canterbury. She resigned in 1975 and then returned to CH-UH to teach at Noble in 1985 and continued her teaching career there until last June. After her retirement last year from NobleElementary School, Phyllis returned this year as an ELA support teacher at Fairfax.
Phyllis was a fantastic teacher. I had opportunities to observe her work as part of the Instructional Rounds initiative at Noble. Phyllis was not only an superbly effective in her instruction, she was masterful in cultivating relationships with her students. She was one of those teachers that I wish my own children would have had in elementary school. Phyllis was loved and respected by students, parents, and colleagues and was a loyal and outspoken member of our Union. She was never shy in expressing her views on district or state policies, yet her primary concerns always focused on what her students needed to be successful.
We will miss Phyllis. There is now a deep void among the members of the NobleElementary School family. We extend our sympathies to Phyllis’ family, her colleagues, and the students whose lives she touched over the thirty years of her teaching career.
Tom Schmida, President