Thursday, March 20, 2008

Role Model

In case you were wondering, there are only 6 shopping days left until Ms. Hilbie's birthday.

What? You don't know who Ms. Hilbie is? You've never heard of her?

Well, she's a bigtime celebrity at our house. Every detail of her life fascinates. We know whenever she changes her hairstyle. We know the names of everyone in her family. We know where she likes to shop and her favorite things to eat. Her name pops into the conversation at least once an hour.

She is my daughter's first grade teacher.

And she is bigger than any rock star.

"Ms. Hilbie says we're supposed to..." "Ms. Hilbie always..." "Today, Ms. Hilbie..."

"Mom, you can't do it THAT way...Ms. Hilbie does it like THIS."

Not only does Ms. Hilbie know every knowable fact about spiders, bats and chameleons, she is also married to a real-life firefighter and has an adorable six-month-old daughter. Last week, she missed a day because she had a dentist appointment and her favorite color is purple.

Ms. Hilbie reads stories, gives math tests and has a basket filled with granola bars for hungry kids who forgot to pack a snack. She helped my daughter polish up her reading skills and made her self-confidence shine.

She is better than any rock star. And I'm gonna get her a really good birthday present.

17 comments:

Heidiram said...

Speaking of teachers and birthday presents, my girlfriend has a daughter in kindergarten. Besides the fact that this teacher is completely WACKO . . . she handed out a letter to the parents informing them that her birthday was on such and such a date with a detailed list of her clothes size, shoe size, favorite restaurants, places where she shops for clothes . . . She was also gracious enough to include in her letter "please do not give me gift cards to ____________ or to ____________ because I never shop at those stores, don't like the quality of clothes there" etc. etc. Can you believe it? I was APPALLED. Talk about giving teachers a bad rap.

Shawn ~ Eclectic Whimsy said...

I haven't a clue how I stumbled on your blog but I think it was about a week or so ago and this is probably the first time I commented but that was quite possibly the greatest post I've ever read. :) What a riot. Ms. Hilbie sounds pretty fantastic. This totally made me smile. :) I hope Ms. Hilbie has a great birthday. :)

anna jo said...

I kept reading this as ms hillbilly.

Ilene said...

Oh, are you going to get her the mug that says #1 Teacher?

My sister, a teacher, LOVES those presents.

Bridget said...

That was so cute. Maren's teacher can do no wrong in her eyes either. It is a great thing to have your teacher as the "rock star" of your life. Very sweet of you to remember her birthday.

Lindsey said...

Ahhhhh teacher worship... There are worse things. :)

The MomBabe said...

What the? Seriously? You're getting the teacher a present? Man, I'm gonna be screwed when my kids are in school....

FUN-ky Mama said...

I love teachers like that! I hope you have fun shopping for her.

crystal said...

After reading iline's comment, I'm going right out to buy myself a mug that says "#1 Mom."

If you don't do a follow-up and post what you get Mrs. Hilbie, I'll be left adrift...

Anonymous said...

It is so fun reading this auf Cesky. Their typewriter is different with the y and the z in different places, and the numbers are replaced with all these funky little phoenetic signs, and no at sign. Plus the puctuation kezs are in some hidden place.

I remember zour first grade teachečr. She told zou Christmas was next Thursdaz which was when vacation started. Yzu had a total fit when we didn§t celebrate on Thursday. You knew we were doing it wrong. Love, Oma

Lauren said...

I loved this. It has happened here too... that the teacher is the know all end all, and what I say simply cannot be correct. It makes me want to show my kids my college transcripts sometimes... ;)

I have a friend that has a daughter that came home calling, "center time", "sinner time". When she tried to correct her daughter and explain that it really should be pronounced, "Centers" her little girl insisted that, "THAT is what Miss "so and so" calls it so that is how it is really sounds, Mom." Well, my friend said semi-jokingly to the teacher at her first parent-teacher conference, "Oh, and could you please tell Hannah it isn't, 'Sinner Time'?" She said the teacher said, "Oh, I am so sorry sometimes my Southern Accent takes over!"
I am so glad your daughter loves her teacher, though! Great job getting her a present. Your experiences as an educator will make you the perfect gift giver. :)

Lauren said...

Hey, I like the new template...I didn't know where I was at first!

Rochelleht said...

That is too cute. We've had our teacher for two years now, that's how cool she is. I love that you used to be a teacher and know how to show appreciation to your kids' teachers. That rocks.

katie said...

she sounds like a rock star. I am interested to know what you'll get her - Jden is in love with his teacher this year as well. The present wouldn't be for her as much it would be for making Jaden happy... as I'm sure is your point as well... ;)

I received your present in the mail yesterday...

YOU ARE THE BEST! THANK YOU!

it is the cutest, and your card you wrote was great. Thank you!!!

Jill said...

That's awesome. Sounds like a cool lady. It's nice to have good role models in this world still.

Thanks for your comments too...and thanks...I wish I was that young! I was just starting college 11 years ago!

andrea said...

hmm. i feel it's okay to say what i'm going to say, because after heidi's story, i can't possibly look bad!

i'm very birthdaytistical. like egotistical about my birthday. and being a teacher, i always make sure the students know several days in advance. i like to look at it as a good opportunity for them to refine their social skills, practice their gift giving skills, and schmooze me up for a better grade.

and for anyone who is NOT my student... there are only 9 days left until my bday.

Melissa Walker said...

It's fun to hear it from the family side of "teacher-worship"--I don't think my students did the worship part-they were in 7th grade and no longer belong to their teacher's fan club! But, I did have 4 of my classes get together and throw me a surprise birthday party complete with presents--it really made my year! And this same group also threw a surprise baby shower a year later. (I was lucky enough to move up to 8th grade with them!) There are times when the students and the teacher really click--then it's great on both sides!

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