Mrs. Germanas holds a very special place in my heart, as I know she does for so many of her former students. In rereading the journal I kept for her high school English class (while cringing, smiling, and tearing up at the things I wrote as a very sad teenager), I am struck by how wise and compassionate her comments in the margins of the pages still ring to me today. I remember so many of the funny and perceptive things she said in class, after class, in passing her on campus, in visits to her classroom after I had graduated. Her class was my homeroom class in 11th grade, and every morning, after the obligatory reciting of the pledge of allegiance, she had us all turn to face a small poster of the globe, to which we recited a different pledge: this one was a pledge of allegiance to the world, to cherish every living thing. Mrs. Germanas was extraordinary. I hope she knows, wherever she is now, how dear she will always be to me.