Thanks to an incredible teacher.

As school in Westmoreland County ends, my favorite teacher, Trudi Ficklin?, is retiring from teaching. Mrs. Ficklin taught me home economics when it was still called home ec.

When I started at W&L I knew no one, I was scared, I was lonely, I was dealing with a drinking problem that most people had no clue about, in fact, this will probably be the first time my Dad knows abou tit.

My depression and anxiety issues started about the time I moved to W&L. Mrs. Ficklin took me under her wing, taught me things I would truly need in real life, things like balancing a check book, how to wash clothes, how to cook, how to take care of a family, and make a house a home.

However, she taught me so much more than that. She taught me that I was worth the time. She taught me that I was a good strong woman. She taught me that I could be picky about my future spouse (I was engaged in high school to an older guy, we were not a good fit. However, we are friends, now.)

Trudi Ficklin brought me into FHA, got me involved as the reporter for it, and writing my first articles for the Westmoreland News? about vocational education at W&L. Yes, that means I have come full circle now.

She taught me to believe in myself, to defend what I believe in, to learn from my mistakes, pick up and move on from them.

She taught me leadership as I moved into the role of President of FHA my senior year.

When no one else believed in me, she did. When I was done and ready to quit school, permanently (I didn’t bother going to school for most of a year at CBHS,) she listened to me, and helped me to realize that was a mistake.

W&L will be lesser without her. I’m glad Kyrstin? got at least one class with her.

Good luck in your next endeavor, Trudi! Thank you so much for everything you did for me, and for all your students, in your time as a teacher.