GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our fifth tribute highlights the work of Lower School assistant teacher Linda Fowler—known fondly to everyone as "Flower."
Linda Fowler—known fondly to everyone as "Flower"—has brought warmth, humor, and positivity to the GFS community for 29 years. As a Lower School assistant teacher to Carol Corson, Cheryl Pinkus, and, most recently, Hal Morra, she demonstrated curiosity, care, and playfulness in the classroom, whether she was teaching her students how to do the Jitterbug during lunch or donning her crown as the self-appointed "Handwriting Queen." (She was also known for her creative fashion sense and, according to Cheryl, was the first teacher to wear short skirts with patterned tights to school!)
"Flower always wanted to be a student as well as a teacher," says Hal; she assisted him in first grade and then in third grade, when he switched classrooms. "She asked endless questions, especially about our math and social studies work, which pushed us both to dig together for answers and deeper understanding. I will miss Flower terribly. She was my introduction, my guide, and my steady companion throughout our years together."
Flower was a leader among and mentor to other assistant teachers, beyond generous with her time and always there to support colleagues and students. In addition to her skills in the classroom, Flower has many talents: She is an amazing cook, was president of the Rhododendron Society, and is a competitive tennis player.
Recalls Cheryl Pinkus, "Flower could teach anything and take over for me in an instant.
She has a heart of gold, and has brought humor, warmth and a generous spirit to our little community."
It's hard to imagine Lower School without Flower. We wish her all the best in her retirement!