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November 15, 2012


Austin Brazee

Hi Paul,
With patience comes rewards, you have been rewarded and blessed.
What a nice tribute to your efforts and career.
You made a difference! Success!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Thanks very much, Austin. In many respects Jeff and I are alike, we both work hard, love to connect with people, want to perform at the highest level we can muster, and enjoy connecting with the whole range of people who are in our lives. I sure do feel good about making such an impact.

Bambi Good

I love your description of what this means to you and am thrilled that you and Jeff have each other in one another's lives. I hope all the students and parents who treasured you will know about the event and be able to honor you.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

I'll bet I speak for all of us teachers who believe we make an impact on our student's lives. I'll bet you agree that in addition to the content we teach, we want to instill values of fair play, pride in work, effort and persistence - especially after failing, and sense that we're all in it together. I did this with Jeff and his class and now watch as he passes those values on to the younger writers and tech people with whom he works. It's a gift all the way around.
Thanks, Bambi

Joanne Yeomans

just fabulous!

Ann Baker

How absolutely wonderful ! To make a positive difference in someone's life is the highest gift to be given . You have both done that for each other. Good work pt.

Cathleen Cavanaugh

Hi Paul,

It doesn't get any better than this!! Congratulations on a really wonderful honor. i have had wonderful teachers through my academic life, and I make sure they know the affect their teaching had on me. And I watch the teachers that my boys have had, and have now, and am amazed every day at the lightbulbs that go off in their heads. It doesn't get any better than this....

The boys are Seniors, and deep in the application process. So far, so good.

Have a wonderful time tomorrow night!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Hey Cathleen, we've been chatting about your boys from the year before Kara Taylor became one of their teachers!
Great initiative that you've acknowledged teachers who've had an impact on you, I often had fond recollections of my teachers but never did acknowledge them in person and regret it. I know you've been actively engaged with your sons education and as a teacher I can tell you it makes a world of difference.
Hard to believe how fast the years have flown by, isn't it. Amazing your boys are Seniors! And yes, so far, so good.
Thanks so much for responding.

Kim Cromwell

"In 2000, I submitted a commentary to WBUR, a local NPR affiliate, on a teacher’s thoughts about his first day with his new students.

“We’re going to pair your commentary with another one submitted by a man from Brookline who wrote about taking his son to his first day of second grade,” the producer told me. That father turned out to be Jeff! Neither of us knew the other had submitted stories. The producers loved the angle. “You could write a book about this,” they said."

I remember hearing this story on NPR! How can it be so long ago? Wow.....

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Now THAT is history! So glad to be connected with someone like you who heard such an important part of that connection Ive had with Jeff since way back then.
Yep, how can it be so long ago. And wow…

Charles Zuckerman

Hey Mr. T (I know that moniker is long past - ever since some 80s action TV show - but it is who you will always be to me),

I remember visiting you in Brookline your last year at Pierce asd somehow I cannot believe it was eight years ago. I found this page from Jeff's site and am so amazed and pleased to hear what both of you are up to and to see how powerful you both have been to the people around you. You stated above that you take it as an article of faith that as teacher you have a lasting impact on the lives of your students. Well let me assure you (and Ginny, and Nona, and all the rest), that it is not an article of faith, but an article of fact. For me, for David, for Korey Whitfield, for an endless sting of students out in the world who are better for your efforts and who themselves are making a difference becuase of what and more importantly how they were taught.

For all the memeories and lessons (even if I still can't spell),


Terri Lerman

Hello Mr. T-I too loved having you as a teacher. I am a teacher myself now! You might remember me as Terri Goldman. I hope you are well and can't wait to read Jeff's book.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Dear Charles,
Article of faith/article of fact: thank you for your comment.
I'm sure teachers like Ginny, Nona, and certainly me appreciate your confirmation that we make a difference. Even better is your comment that you, your brother David, Corey and others do the same for the next generation, that how you were taught is as important as what you were taught.
And i had to chuckle about your spelling. After the talk you gave to my fourth graders many years ago, it was clear that it hasn't interfered with your vision of great architecture!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Hey Terri!
Thank you for the compliment, Terri. I sure do remember you. A good amount of my students have become teachers themselves, I'm happy you can carry on the tradition, hope you have memories of 4T that you use in your own classroom. Where/what do you teach? Jeff remembers you and your classmates too!

Susan Bennett

Exciting and fun! I'll be thinking of you- enjoy!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

wow Jeff and wife and his brother Jon, a well known world class photographer,http://fellows.ted.com/profiles/jon-lowenstein
are on way here from Chicago as we speak, should be fun. Jeff says some of my former students like Eran Lobel from 1977 or so will be there! Imagine that!

Deirdre O'Connor

My heart was filled with tears of joy listening to the stories you both had to tell, watching a little boy turn into a man and a teacher into a mentor, friend. Turns out I have learned so much about you in the past couple of weeks reading Jeff's book online and I thanked Jeff for that last night. You chose the right path in life's journey. Not everyone can say that. And I am happy to be a part of your present journey.

Barbara Widett

I loved being at Pierce last night. It resurrected so many wonderful memories and I was reminded, once again, of what a spectacular teacher you are.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

I felt so acknowledged to see you, Pat, Elly,Chris, Debbie, Pam, Barbara H in the audience. Good teaching doesn't happen in a vacuum. I'd never have kept growing and evolving as a teacher without learning and being inspired by all of you.

Susaan Straus

All that good bread you have tossed upon the waters over the years returning to you.... wonderful.

Shelley Allison and Mark Flieger

Paul and Jeff -

Congratulations on a fabulous evening! It was REALLY wonderful, and we feel
lucky to have been a part of it. You were both very eloquent and
entertaining, and it was so great that so many people from so many parts of
your past, Jeff, were there to experience it. As you both know very well,
your relationship, friendship and bond are extraordinarily special and
certainly worthy of celebrating, as we did last night, and of sharing with
the world, as your book and web site will do. It's certainly obvious that a
huge amount of love, thought and effort went into all of it and your story
is incredibly inspiring. So again, congratulations.

It was great to finally see the hallowed Pierce School, both because of your
years spent there, PT and Jeff (and Nona, too), but also because my good
friend Chris's daughter is in her inaugural year of teaching there, after
student teaching there a few years back and really loving it. So it's fun
to have connections to multiple generations of Pierce School teachers. It
seems like a very special place.

Shelley Allison

You are right that the date of your NPR commentary was Sept. 2000 but Jeff has it on his web site as Sept. 2001. I know that’s not correct because I remember exactly where I was when I listened to that – the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 6 in Johnston RI on my way into work in Providence. I had to pull into the parking lot because I was having a hard time getting the station, being that far away from Boston, and really wanted to make sure I heard everything). By Sept. 2001, we’d moved to MA so I realized right away that the date on Jeff’s web site was wrong.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

WBUR hasn't yet found an archived copy of the September 2000 commentaries that Jeff and I recorded.

In 2001, on WFCR, an NPR affiliate in Amherst, MA, we recorded my original commentary "They Are Mine" with a new commentary Jeff wrote about taking his son Aidan to his first day of third grade. Quite honored that you pulled off the road to hear every word!

Bobbi Miller

Hi Paul !
Congratulations on receiving such a well deserved honor! You should know you have not only earned the respect and accolades from your students but from teachers in every Brookline Public School. What an honor for us to know you and learn from you.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.

Hi Bobbi,
What a fine coincidence to meet you at Stop/Shop and tell you about the book. Jeff and I were buying supplies for the event, which, as you see, was priceless, all we hoped it would be.
I was so lucky to spend my career teaching with smart, creative, hardworking, good hearted people like you. We all made each other better. Thanks very much for your comment.

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