Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Feb. 14, 2013
I grew up in Roanoke and every now and then my mother sends me news and tidbits from the area but this morning when she said Mrs. Chubb-Hale was on the front page I had to find the article. Although you spoke about history, civil rights (the journey thereof) and Roanoke’s past you could not have found a more phenomenal woman than Mrs. Chubb-Hale to interview.
I was fortunate enough to have had Mrs. Chubb-Hale as my 6th grade teacher at Wasena Elementary many years ago now and the lessons she taught stay with me today. When asked who my most influential teacher has been I never hesitate to say her name. She incorporated lessons about equality and respect in everything she did.
There are so many thoughts and memories going through my mind at the moment that it is hard for me to truly grasp what I want to convey. The crux of it all is that Mrs. Chubb-Hale changed my way of thinking about the world and definitely for the better.
By this point in time she has probably touched thousands of children’s lives (and adults) and all of them probably share the same opinion. If at all possible I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass this message to her.
Terry Jo (Hicks) Bennett
6th grade class of Wasena 1981