Teacher Joe: The kids were his calling
No, wait, he is teaching a writing class to a group that includes Moses. “Your 10 Commandments were TOO LONG!” Joe is shouting, but nicely, and with a smile.
We were once invited to speak to a social studies class at Manchester High School West. The class was polite and attentive, but it didn’t matter. The classroom was adjacent to that of English teacher Joe Sullivan, whose enthusiasm for the topic of the day (it could have been adjectives, for all we know) was such that little could be heard in our room except Joe Sullivan.
“Mr. McQuaid,” he said apologetically, (he was five years our senior but he was unfailingly polite and courteous) “I can’t do it. I miss the kids.”
So he went back to teaching. And now we will all miss him. But we will always hear him. Laughing. Encouraging. Cheering on his kids.