John Sims, a great man, was a mentor & friend to me from my 1st SBAC Social Sciences Workshops 25 years ago right up to a recent family event. I began Teaching when Quinn Wiggins & John Sims brought our county's Soc.Stud. Teachers together for great inspiration & collaborations. John kept good humour & insight at every juncture when the "Edujargon" & clerical crapola threatened to make Our Callings redundant & dull... A Social Studies Saviour of sorts.
John Sims popped up at Westwood Middle School as a Subst.Teacher after retirement and with all positivity encouraged us to "Keep Fightin' This War On Ignorance!". I loved bumping into him about town..."Drake! You Pirate!" John would exclaim, "Keep Those Minds Exploring! Sail On!"
Recently he crashed our twins' 2nd Birthday Party spilling out into the lobby at the Lakeshore Towers. We knocked back a number of brews, talked of great topics; "All Under The Sun", & enjoyed the company of toddlers, teens, young & old adults into their 90's. All there loved him. I learned of his Kentucky life and we made plans to enjoy sunsets from his high perches here "on the rotting peninsula" and up there...
Every time I reflect on Our Profession (near daily), or go to The Towers, or travel to The Bluegrass State I think of John Sims with happiness & honour. Thank You Sims Family for such an inspiring fellow, such a good comrade! Our World is a better place for having shared him here.