Melinda as an educator
" I will always know Melinda as Ms Cochrane because the impact of her teaching will forever be with me. I still consider it a blessing, if not a real stroke of fate, that I ended up in her class. I walked into Ms Cochrane's a moody 14 year old with a feeble sense of self and walked out of it, quite simply, a writer. Ms Cochrane teased out that essential part of me that had always been present but that, for a time, was shrouded by self-doubt. She introduced me to writing as both a place of refuge and a means of empathizing with the world. She empowered my voice and instilled in me a special kind of confidence. It was in her classroom--with shaky hands and a nervous sweat--that I read my writing to an audience for the first time. Six years later I study creative writing at Concordia University. While I'm not sure where exactly my path is leading, I know writing will follow me there. Thank you, Ms, for sharing that gift with me! "
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