I became a Zinn acolyte my first term here at SOU. A few weeks ago I had a card from Dr. Wilkins-ORiley Zinn, professor of education with this postscript, “Hope to see your next year after my fall sabbatical.” She died this August.
Zinn ran workshops on teaching and learning. She had cool exercises for us, many developed during her year of blogging everyday, which we often never got to. We just started talking about teaching and couldn’t stop. I write a blog but I have no words for this. I miss her positiveness, her collections of, well you name it, books, games, toys, quotes. She surrounded herself with artful stuff and wrote poetry. She had high standards for her students, drove all over southern Oregon to teach teachers, was always too busy, and just really cared. She worked to help her students find themselves as teachers and human beings. She helped me that way. I will always miss her.