After many years, this past week an exceptional teacher, Mrs. Susan Fedrocy of Grand Haven, quietly retired from the Muskegon Heights school system. She will be missed, I am sure, and I did not want this event to go unnoticed in this community.
I was inspired to write this letter about Susan because inspiring people is what she does best.
Through her example, she has taught me that moments matter. Whether it was listening to her stories about teaching in a very challenging situation, which she did, or managing her own family, she has provided me with ample evidence that we become who we are by maximizing moments. Moments like the phone call just to check on someone. Moments like always having the time for the lost art of a simple driveway conversation while picking up kids. Moments like offering up one of her famous chuckles because it’s free.
And moments like Susan and her husband, Greg, providing lunch for the Muskegon Heights band after the Coast Guard Festival Parade, which happens every year. They have maximized a moment that has turned into a much anticipated community event that does nothing but elevate that wonderful band full of exceptional kids to its rightful place. For that one day, the dead-end of Slayton Street is turned into Bourbon Street, and the members of the Muskegon Heights band are the stars. That moment matters!
So, if you happen to see Susan around town, seize the opportunity to say, “Thank you, Mrs. Fedrocy!” As a teacher, I’m sure she never gets tired of hearing it because she probably didn’t hear it enough.
— Boyd Colbry, Grand Haven Township