To the Editor:

Mrs. Virginia Buehler was a very talented teacher. She knew how to run her classroom, teach two grades at once, address different learning styles/abilities, hold children accountable, play the piano, and make us all feel like individuals. I knew I was fortunate as a child that I had her as a teacher in that special school.

We had the most wonderful playground, and when the weather was especially nice, or when Mr. Hane, the building custodian had just cut the grass, she would let us all stay out for recess for a little while longer.

Who could ever forget our cultural evenings? The fun and exciting plays that Mrs. Buehler would orchestrate along with our music teacher, Miss Sebastianelli, were priceless memories for us all.

I remember back in October 1982, she has something special to share with us all: her son, Scott, carved a pumpkin in the most striking resemblance of the face of E.T. (it was such a popular movie at the time and we all talked about it so much). When we all saw the "E.T. Jack O' Lantern" we all said, "wow!" I remember the smile she had on her face at seeing our shared reactions.

I could go on and on and share more memories about her and the Paupack School. How blessed we all were to have her as a teacher.

I wrote to her in 2004 when my first son was born. I included a picture and thanked her for making a difference in my life. I also included this quote in the letter, because it rings true of Mrs. Buehler:

"One hundred years from now, it won't matter what kind of house I lived in, what kind of car I drove, how much money I had in my bank account, nor the clothes I wore; BUT the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child".

Mrs. Virginia Buehler touched a lot of people's lives as well as their hearts. Great teachers are invaluable.


Heather (Thomson) Piontek

Green Bay, WI