Four years and countless eyes rolls later

Drew Timmons, Assistant to the Adviser

Late last year, Cassidy Bell came by my office and talked briefly about her future. She told me that she wanted to be a high school teacher.

Because I had taught her three times — twice in newspaper and once in English II Honors — and because she was telling me this story, I assumed that she was, in her own way, letting me know that I had inspired her to take up the noble cause of teaching.

“Really? Because of me?” I asked, knowing the answer would brighten my eyes and my day.

“No! Because of Mrs. Hall,” she responded as she walked out of my office.

I couldn’t see her face, but I have no doubt that she had a bit of a smirk on it, knowing that she’d gotten a good jab in.

Maybe I haven’t inspired her to teach — I certainly think Mrs. Hall is a better inspiration anyway — but I consider it a blessing to have known, taught and advised Cassidy since she was a freshman.

We haven’t always seen rolled-eye-to-rolled-eye, but I’ve always admired Cassidy for her grit and especially for her sense of humor. I’m not sure I’ve ever taught a student who is so quick and so biting, and there is a good chance I won’t again.

I’m sad to know that she’s ending her run as a writer on The Prowl for a few reasons.

I’m sad because she is the first of the last three staff members who I taught who will be done at the end of this year, and that’s painful for myriad reasons. But I’m also sad because I think she still has a lot left to say, and I don’t know that we’ll ever have another school journalist who can say it in quite the same way. A unique voice is hard to find.

One more story from last year:

Cassidy asked me to complete a recommendation form for her. The form asked me to rate Cassidy’s work ethic, cooperation, etc. on a scale from 1-5. Because it was an important recommendation, I wanted to take it seriously.

When she came to pick the form up, I told her that I gave her a good recommendation but that I was truthful.

With a tone that only Cassidy can use, she said, “I’m never going to get anywhere if you tell the truth!”

Well, here’s the truth, Cassidy: I’m grateful I’ve had the chance to teach and know you since you were a freshman, and I believe you have the ability to do something special. I’ll miss your jokes, and I’ll miss you.