Mad for…Theresa

Even when alone, be cheerful, remembering always that you are in the sight of angels. –St. Therese of Lisieux

Stunningly beautiful, isn’t she? I’ll admit I’ve had hair and skin envy forever! This is Theresa Clark. I’ve known Theresa for several years as she has been a junior high teacher at St. Louis de Montfort for….quite a while. She’s right in the middle of teaching my youngest at the moment. I’m sure that last Thieme kid leaving the building will be a tough loss for her, ha?! One thing that confounds me about Theresa is that she NEVER AGES. She taught my oldest son, Nick, in 7th and 8th grade and he is a junior in college now. Theresa looks EXACTLY the same. I always wonder to myself what is her secret?

Theresa is a phenomenal human being and very famous dog lover. To say that her dog, Tillie, is beloved would be a major understatement. However, that is not what I most adore about Theresa. What makes her outstanding to me is that she is just plain cheerful. No matter what her day is like, Theresa can be counted on for just a gorgeous grin. Her smile is one that melts hearts. She smiles with her whole face, and even her eyes twinkle. It’s almost as if she instinctively knows that it simply doesn’t take any more effort to see the good than it does to focus on the bad.

Theresa warms others around her with her positive glow. I’m sure she doesn’t always FEEL perky and sunny, but it’s what she gives the world, and our world is one in DESPERATE need of such selflessness. On one of my most difficult days of 2019, I ran into Theresa at church at SLDM. She had no way of knowing that the news I had received that day was really tough, she simply did what she does and she smiled at me and said, “Good morning, Mrs. Thieme!” It was a tiny moment to her, but to me that day, it felt like the Lord smiling at me and just telling me to take a deep breath. I needed a little bit of Jesus and there was Theresa with her kindness. She goes out of her way to smile and her laugh is just genuine and lovely. She’s got a great sense of humor and I have to believe she’s a joy to have as a teaching partner. She throws light into the world, it’s just who she is!

Theresa, I feel truly fortunate that my three sons have had such a genuine, faith-filled, and lovely human teaching them social studies over the years. As a parent, it’s very heartening to be greeted with a smile by my child’s teacher– it’s a thing you never fail to do– even when I know that a classroom full of hormonal teenagers must have gotten the better of you now and then. I’m thankful for how hard you work, how much you care, and who you are! The Thieme clan will surely miss Theresa Clark!! You are a big scoop of awesome!

“There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.”

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