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Community celebrates beloved teacher


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Alanna Lanman
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Alanna Lanman Sue Prescott-Kavinoky celebrates her retirement with all five of the Lanman boys, whom she taught throughout the years. .

Sue Prescott-Kavinoky said adios to her teaching career last month after 45 years of service.

Former and current students, friends and community members gathered at Estrellita’s Restaurant June 2 to commemorate the veteran teacher’s career, many emphasizing the lasting impact of her instruction beyond the classroom.

Affectionately known as Frau Prescott or Senorita Prescott, Prescott taught German, French and Spanish to Egan Junior High School students – and over the years, their children and their children’s children.

“The lifelong impact Sue has had on thousands of students is remarkable,” said Alanna Lanman, whose five sons had Prescott as a teacher. “Her ability to teach Spanish (German until 1995 and French in the early days) to each and every individual student, while communicating a love for each of her students, earned her respect from every student she has taught.”

Lanman, who helped plan Prescott’s retirement celebration, added that the longtime educator’s teaching style was “remarkable.”

“Sue sets a high standard of discipline mixed with humor and humble confidence,” Lanman said. “She has had incredible success teaching what we all call her ‘Miss Prescott Method’ to five decades of students. It is such a shame she is retiring. Each of my five sons says Sue is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had, even through college.”

More than 350 former students, colleagues and parents packed the restaurant to honor Prescott and her legacy. Another 150 former students couldn’t make the party but sent messages of support and thanks. Students shared memories and made impromptu speeches. At one point, the guests rose in a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes.

Former students testified to Prescott’s lasting impact.

“Thanks for showing that opportunity is ever present and ours for the taking,” wrote Mike Cardoza of Egan’s Class of 1984, in a letter. “Also, that not judging others is one of the highest forms of respect.”

Cardoza, a self-proclaimed study hall goof-off later studied German, graduated from Georgetown Law School, became a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in Iraq and is now CEO of a financial services firm leading “an enormously happy life.”

“I can still say, after all the great educators I subsequently encountered in high school, at Yale and beyond, that I learned more from you than any other teacher I ever had,” said Fritz Lanman of Egan’s Class of 1995.

Prescott earned respect and admiration from parents as well.

“What a blessing to have two of our children learn Spanish under your command,” said Lee Luca. “You not only taught them the language, but a love for the culture. You also inspired them to work hard and reap the rewards.”

Former student Margaret Lewis made a tribute video for Prescott to celebrate her 40th year of teaching. To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1WWTb81Ctc.

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