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Derek Jones: Mr. Newman. In high school, I approached the principal to form a Gay-Straight Alliance. He came forward and let me know he would be the adviser for our group. It was a truly proud and heroic act as he put a lot on the line coming out like that. Mr. Newman, it’s been a few years, but I want you to know that you inspire me to this day.

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Jamie Gadette: Andy Hoffmann deserves peace and harmony for helping me through 11th grade with his humor, wisdom, energy and patience. Man, was our class a handful or what?

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Chelsie Booker: I’d like to wish Chris Mooney the happiest of holidays! She was, hands down, the best coloring instructor/preschool teacher to ever exist! Cheers to you, Mrs. Mooney!

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Jeff Reese: I had a very awesome teacher at Hunter Jr. High who helped me take a more objective look at religion and philosophy. It was a confusing time for me, being surrounded by nothing except for LDS dogma. Nothing in the religion seemed right to me and I was not getting anywhere and was even scolded when I questioned my elders about it. Thank you, Mark Martinson.

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Cody Winget: Wyatt Ekins was my high school German, English and creative writing teacher. He got out of teaching last time I talked to him, which is a tragedy akin to the Hindenberg. He was the best teacher and the funniest I have ever had. Great teacher, better man.

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Scott Renshaw: Not to get overly sentimental or anything, but every one of them deserves praise for devoting themselves to the art and craft of teaching. Damn, 20 years out of schooling and I still can’t stop trying to be the kiss-up teacher’s pet.

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Julie Erickson: A very Merry Christmas to Rodney Shaw! You changed my life forever. I wish we could duplicate you in every school in Utah. Go Utes!

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Ted Scheffler: I had a graduate seminar with the abstruse, always thought-provoking (if not exactly PC) literary critic Harold Bloom and my head is still spinning. Maybe because I could never figure out why he always called me “darling.” So Happy Hanukkah, Harold!

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Lia Pretorius: Jane McBride, French, and Carol LaForge, Theater. Both rare beacons of cultural influence and catalysts for expanded, critical thought in a town where ideas from one generation of teachers to the next were largely recycled. Happy Holidays.

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Jerre Wroble: U of U profs Milt Hollstein and Craig Denton. And a shout out to SLCC English prof Liz Montague for setting me on my path. tttt

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