Dr. Ann Calahan tearfully accepted a precious gift from her longtime friend and former schoolmate from Winters, Lynann Simpson. Both are teachers and members of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society as was Simpson’s mother, Eula Kruse who passed away at the age of 90 in the year 2000.
Simpson recently honored Calahan by giving her mother’s red Texas shaped DKG pin with the organization’s Greek letters to her.
“Ann Calahan effects education in the state of Texas in many ways,” Simpson said.
Calahan is the department head of Tarleton State University’s Curriculum and Instruction and she also teaches classes there, training future educators that will move out in many directions in many school districts. She serves as President of the Stephenville Independent School Board of Trustees and this year has been participating in the Leadership Class of Texas Association of School Boards to further her own training.
Simpson said it is fitting that one of her mother’s former students receive the pin.
“Ann, the red pin with our Delta Kappa Gamma Greek letters is a reminder of how many people you affect in education, but it’s also special because it was the pin of your Winters High School senior English teacher,” she said.
Simpson said her mother taught school over 41 years.
Calahan said the first thing that came to mind when she thought of her teacher was “MacBeth.”
Calahan said Kruze was fair with high expectations for her students and, “Our senior year was not a blow off year.”
Calahan remembered Kruse saying on the first day of school, “We’re going to write and write and write because when you go to college you are going to know how to write.”
When Calahan was asked how she felt about the gift she said, “First of all it validates me professionally. But what’s really special about it is that it’s from Lynann - my special friend - and her mom who was my teacher.”
Calahan said in her household growing up it was just expected for her to get a college education. But she said it was Simpson’s mother that started her on the path to college and to becoming a teacher.
Both women remembered Kruze’s favorite saying and smiled warmly when repeating it.
“If you’ve strived to do your best, that’s good enough.”