We all know someone who just has that special way about them. The right words flow at the right time. They can turn hysteria into calmness. Caring and helping is their nature. This describes a very special lady that I have worked with for the last ten years, but have known for even longer. Kathy Capps helps run the attendance office dealing most of the time with discipline. In other words she deals with students who get in trouble. And let me tell you that she can set a student straight when needed and ask them why they did such a stupid thing. She is also our nurse. If we have a medical emergency she is the one that gets there first and takes care of things. And if there is any kind of activity going on at our school such as football, baseball, soccer you can just about bet that Kathy will be there. Both sons, Matt and Chris graduated from Alexander and it just comes natural to her to be involved. Kathy is really proud of her children and she should be. Chris is in college and Matt plays baseball for the Minnesota Twins.
Last fall Kathy lost her husband Mike unexpectedly. They were married for 43 years. To help cope with the loss she cooked. And I mean she cooked a lot! I would walk into the mail room and there would be enough food to feed a small army. This went on for months. It was delicious. So I invited Kathy to come to my classes and share some of her cooking expertise and life experiences. She is a natural with the students. They loved listening to her stories of her life and of course the cobbler she prepared.
What Kathy had to share about her life was extraordinary. Yes, there were some tears shed. But, she made us think about our life, family, and friends and taking the time to be nice to each other because it could be the last time we spent with that person. We don’t want regrets!
We really did enjoy Kathy’s visit. It was wonderful! Also, a big thank you for sharing with us as she puts it one of “her thrown together recipes”. It is so easy! My students raved about it.
- 2 cans of pie filling any fruit will work
- 1/4 – 1/3 of package of yellow cake mix (put the rest in a zip lock bag)
- 1 stick of margarine or butter
Put 2 cans of pie filling in a 9 x 11 in. pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Serve hot with whipped topping or ice cream.
The Teacher Cooks