Letters to the Editor
Updated: July 23, 2012 6:17AM
to David Nemec
I am writing in response to the recent article concerning Superintendent David Nemec’s upcoming retirement, and I want to thank the Franklin Park Herald-Journal for highlighting the success of a incredible educator that has been a part of the Franklin Park community for a long time.
When I first walked the halls of North Elementary School, I remember my first encounter with Nemec as principal. He walked out of the main office clothed in a professional-looking suit (my mother always referred to him as a “sharp man,”) but this by no means made him an intimidating adult to a young 5-year-old girl. The friendliness that poured through his smile was contagious and from that point on Nemec became a role model for me to achieve every goal that I could set forth to make him proud of his students. Obtaining the Student of the Week pizza lunch with the principal was a priority every school year to demonstrate the effort I put forth to become a star student.
Nemec also introduced me to my favorite hobby: reading. Watching Nemec participate in school events such as Dr. Seuss Day by reading the classic Cat in the Hat to the North Elementary students encouraged me to immerse myself in books with as much affection and excitement for stories that could be heard in his voice as he read to us. Reading books is a rewarding experience for children and causes kids to explore all kinds of fields of study that can develop into a strong desire for higher education and a stimulating career.
Thank you to the Franklin Park Herald-Journal/Pioneer Press team for informing our community of the history of an magnificent man whose actions have influenced many children to extend boundaries and overcome obstacles so that learning is a priority in every household.
Congratulations to David Nemec on his well-deserved retirement and may every educator that arrives to join our school districts have the same determination and work ethic as our superintendent.