California Dreamin’…Jack Coolery…

Now and then someone comes into your life that leaves an ever lasting impression. Whether it be through songs, or words, or actions, they leave you with those fond memories that can never be taken away.

Two years ago I had the privilege of gaining employment at our local high school. At almost sixty it can be quite intimidating to start a new job with a new boss in a new place. But I did just that. The opportunity brought me home to our county so I did not have to commute any longer. It also allowed for my husband and I to car pool, save money on gas while enjoying each other’s company on our daily drive to work.

It wasn’t long into my employment as the principal’s financial secretary that I knew I was in the right place. In two short years I have learned so much from a person who has been in the educational field for the past forty-one years.

Mr. Jack Cooley is a man of many talents. He is a top-notch disciplinarian and can head off any nonsense before it takes place. He knows of the pending doom with the kids before the kids know. He can smell a fight while it is brewing in the minds of the culprits and erase the issues before coming to fruition.

He knows every species of butterflies, every word to every song ever written, is a great drummer, loves physical education and biology, can carry a tune and whistle a song to completion without missing a note or beat. He has a great sense of humor, a genuine passion for education and an honest-to-goodness old fashion love for his family. He is a true renaissance man!

It was a perfect fit as his secretary. He told his jokes and I laughed. (and yes they were mostly all funny) We sang together; however he can carry a tune much better. We could finish each other’s sentences when discussing issues at hand. And it wasn’t long into my employment that I knew I had nothing to be intimated by.

Godspeed to you Mr. Cooley. As you end your forty-one year educational career through the Rappahannock High School commencement services on June 19th may you take your “Rite of Passage” with you into your much deserved retirement years!

Live Life to the Fullest and Follow your Dreams

see you soon…

Adding “just kidding” doesn’t make it okay to insult the Principal.
Nancy Cartwright


About jant1951

Grandmother, mother, wife, sister, friend, aunt. A professed love of theatre. Retired from Verizon. Financial secretary at Rappahannock High School. Married to "The Mechanic Man". Love to travel. Born again Christian! View all posts by jant1951

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