For all the students who tell me how much they owe me for this, that, or the other thing: know that I owe this woman every bit as much, and more, starting with a general science class in 8th grade when I wasn’t all that sure where I was headed in life, and going all the way through however much biology and chemistry I could get out of her. Every opportunity I had to go beyond Hilliard in the sciences, this is the teacher who opened those doors to me and showed me what was possible. Hopefully all I’m doing is paying the debt I owe her forward.
Happy retirement, Janet Higginbotham Conner. (You’ll always be Miss Higginbotham to me.)