My sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Hazel Haley and close friends. I to have loss loved one's, so I understand some of your pain that you are feeling. May it do the same for you.-2 Kings 20:5. Says I heard your Prayers, I saw your tears, I will heal you. I hope that you're comforted knowing that a stranger will have you and your family in their Prayers tonite.
Jesus was also a wonderful teacher and touched so many lives. Although dear Ms. Haley may be gone from this earth presently, we must understand that we all can have a hope of seeing our loved ones again. In John 17:3 states, 'So that we all can have everlasting life, we must learn to know God and the one whom he sent Jesus Christ'
I had Ms. Hazel Hailey for English IV Honors, and she made quite the impression on me. I was probably one of her only third generation students, since she taught my mother and my grandmother. I went on to graduate from the English and Creative Writing Program at Florida State University, and I am now enrolled in a Masters in Education for Adolescent English at City University of New York. I plan to follow in her footsteps and teach high school English, as well as write several books. She was a superb teacher, and she will be sorely missed by her students.
Class of 2003
hi my name is haley to owe and one more thing I would love to meet you.
Hello: To the family of Mrs. HALEY: My thoughts goes out to the family at this difficult time in their lives. Let GOD help this family find peace and comfort through the bible scripture. Eccl. 9:5.
I first met Ms. Haley when I went to her class once for a tutoring session. Little did I know she would one day be my English teacher. Ms. Haley was the best. In a classroom full of kids, she made you feel like you were her only student. Ms. Haley was one of a kind and although she was small in stature, she had a huge heart made of gold.
Class of 2003
Please accept my deepest condolonces. It is so good that Ms. Haley had the oportunity to live to that age of 96 because the scriptures say that our days are 70 and if by special mightiness they are 80. (Psalm 90:10) I am sure that you have so many fond memories that will comfort you and bring you joy and love that you had for her.
I remember Ms. Haley from my senior English class in 1958. I was very surprised to hear that she was still teaching there 45 years later. She will be missed by generations of LHS graduates.
I had the privilege of having Ms. Haley for AP English and she was a wonderful, sweet, kind heart lady. Since, I just arrived from Cuba; she always help me in a sweet spoken voice. She welcome every morning and greeted each student as they entered her classroom everyday. She had a different method of teaching allowing her students to engage in discussions with one another as well as with her. She had a positive outlook on life and always wanted the best for her students. She treated everyone as her children. We were your children Ms. Haley, we loved you dearly just as much as you loved us. Enjoy heaven with our father, we will all meet again some day. Rest in Peace!
I had the privilege of having Ms. Haley and she was a wonderful, sweet, kind hearted lady. My locker was in the wing where her classroom was and she spoke to all the students every morning and greeted each student as they entered her classroom everyday. She had a different method of teaching allowing her students to engage in discussions with one another as well as with her. She had a positive outlook on life and always wanted the best for her students. She treated everyone as her children. We were your children Ms. Haley, we loved you dearly just as much as you loved us. Enjoy heaven with our father, we will all meet again some day. Rest in Peace!
LHS Class of 2003
Florida A&M University Class of 2007 & 2008
Only found out today by accident. A wonderful, warm-hearted woman who made my year teaching at Lakeland 1999-2000 a lot brighter. Few people can ever have touched so many lives....
Ms Haley!! How are you? Because of you, I rarely use the word "mad". Instead, I use "disappointed" when something goes bad. I miss you and thank you for teaching me and my big sister.
You are an angel here and up there. I won't be surprised if you ended up teaching other kids who are in heaven with you right now.
God Bless You!!!
I had the honor of becoming a "bud" of Ms. Hazel on a trip to northern Spain in 2007.
What a joy she was. I am most grateful our paths crossed in life.
Mrs. Haley was a blessing to us all!
I had Miss Haley my senior year, class of 1987. I always kept in touch with her and had the honor of seeing her last October at my 20 year reunion. We sat in her living room for over 2 hours and discussed EVERYTHING !! She touched my life in a way I can't explain. I am blessed to have known this angel. She will be forever in my heart :o)
I will always remember how this lady loved Shakespeare. Now,I can truly say that I will try to pass this love of amazing literature onto my children because of what she taught me. Thank you. God bless! LHS '81
I was the fifth of five children in my family to have the pleasure of Miss Haley's company and wit. She never compared us to each other, unlike other teachers, instead she taught us as individuals. My parents became good friends with Miss Haley in the 70's. In fact, I always thought they were conjuring ways to torment my brother and I with the proper use of the English language. It worked, whatever they conspired in, none of us care for "street talk lingo" or "gutter" talk. The use of distasteful four letter words were removed from our vocabularies and replaced with much more appropriate words.
I thank Miss Haley for instilling in me the guidelines for raising children. Though she had none of her own, she was "Mother" to thousands. I wanted to take her with me when I graduated, but she asked me if I wanted to deprive the next generation of her knowledge. She is missed.
You were a fabulous lady who will truly be missed. God bless you.
LHS class of 1979
You are amazing and will be missed! You were an inspiration to the whole city of Lakeland.
Wouldn't it have been great if Miss Haley could have read all these tributes? They are like flowers that we never send our loved ones while they are still alive!
Liz, class of 1955
Hazel Haley was a great teacher!! She had great passion for teaching, and she loved all of her children. I am glad that I had a chance to experience her great english class! We will always remember you, as you have placed yourself in our hearts. We love you and we miss you!
Wonderful Memories of a Wonderful Teacher !
WOW! Wonderful Outstanding Woman! Ms. Haley was truly an Angel on earth. It is rare that you meet someone who inspires and touch so many lives. You will be truly missed by many. RIP Ms. Haley.
Ms. Haley was by far the most memorable teacher I had. Her Honors English class was such a blessing to me. She certainly has left a legacy in her students. Class of 1974.
Ms Haley I remember seeing you always smiling at school and I at the time thought that teacher is a happy lady. I thought her class must be a riot, full of energy! Amazing at the dedication of your professionalism. I am proud to be part of the school you taught at thank you for making lakeland nulli secondus!!!! GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY. class of 1981
Mrs. Haley you will be missed by all, Your smile and your loving words Family stay strong I know you love her but God loves her best. Mrs. M. Foster class of 1992
When you have a teacher who prepares you to succeed in college and the future, you have had one of the very best. She was one of the very best teachers for so many students. Class of 1957.
It was wonderful to be inspired by Hazel Haley, she was a jewel to experience.
Class of 1975- Marion
Class of 1978-Brenda
My dear, sweet Ms. Haley. I've followed news of you through the years since I was fortunate to be one of your Class of 1957 "children" and cherished the times I was able to see you when I returned home for LHS class reunions. My parents were fond of you, and I felt like I was special to you (but that was the way you treated us all!) I read the wonderful writeup on you in the Lakeland Magazine online and copied and saved it all. My family and I also watched, with pride, the stories about you on TV. Now I just learned that you have gone home to be with our Lord in Heaven and I know you will be joyfully met by many loved ones there. Ms. Haley, upon reading notes from other "children", in the Lakeland Magazine, I realized what led me on the path to my career. Your honors English class increased and polished off my knowledge of grammer and writing ability, which was also enhanced by our studies of literature. Ms Virginia Davis, then taught me the basics of journalism in her class and also on The Bagpipe, our high school newspaper. Following graduation, I went on to work at the Lakeland Ledger as 1 of 3 Proofreaders for a couple of years, then on into advertising before moving away. After almost 20 years, I retired from The Sebring News-Sun (a New York Times Florida chain newspaper), where I also performed numerous functions and positions. I especially loved writing a weekly society column and as the assistant society editor, covering stories and writing many articles and photography. I still plan to write a book(s) one day! I wanted to tell you this the next time I saw you - so now you know and I THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will miss you and always hold you in my heart. Ann (Brooks/Davis) Carter
She taught me to write in 1964. I still remember the A she gave me for "My favorite things". And she picked me to be in the senior class play,, an unforgettable experience.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved, inspiring family member. To be a teacher for so long, took alot of heart. I just wanted to share a comforting thought with you from the Bible. At Revelation 21:4,"He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Isn't that encouraging? Jehovah God has promised that he will take away all death, tears, pain, suffering. This will all only by means of God's Kingdom in which we pray for in the Lord's prayer as found at Matthew 6:9,10. With death being done away with Jehovah God will make the provision of a resurrection, therefore giving you the prospect of seeing your loved once again in a Paradise earth. Once more I am so sorry for your loss.
Rare is the person who touches so many lives and makes them better. We will miss you so much but will always have and cherish what we learned from you about the joy of life. Thank you for making me one of your "children".
God bless a great teacher and a friend when you needed advice.
Dear Ms Haley,
You are such a treasure and will be greatly missed, but we all will have our fond memories of the times and lessons in LHS and your English Classes. You changed my life with your wisdom and caring and I so love you for it. Rest in Peace.
Dorothy (Gay) Rouse class of 1951
We are so sorry for the loss of Ms. Haley. May there be comfort in the loving memories of her.
Here is a photo my father, Rex Toothman, treasures. It was taken in October, 1947. The occasion was a parade through downtown Lakeland for Fire Prevention Week sponsored by the Lakeland Junior Chamber of Commerce. My father chaired the event for the Jaycees and persuaded Hazel to drive in the parade behind the wheel of an antique fire truck that once served the city. That's my Dad at 25, standing at the back of the truck. He and Hazel were teaching together then. Check Hazel out with her her long, red hair!
A great Lady we will all miss.
Dawn Stokes class 0f '68
Miss Haley showed me that teaching could be a rich, rewarding, and joyous way of living. I attribute my decision to become a teacher to her influence. She instilled a love of learning in me. I hope that in a small way, I can be a positive influence in my students' lives. The legacy Miss Haley left behind will reach far beyond the scope of her own classroom. What an incredible woman! Thank you for giving it your best.
great teacher , and will be missed by all of us.
Miss Haley had a huge impact on my life and is one of the best (and probably the most memorable) teachers I had. I will always be one of her children.
Jeff Strouse Class of 1988
I had the pleasure of being a teacher at LHS with Miss Haley. She was such an inspiration to both the faculty and the student body. Lakeland will not be the same without her. I don't know of another person that impacted so many lives like she did. I only pray my former students and players feel the same about me as hers did about her. What a legacy she leaves behind!
Even though it was her last breath on earth, it was her first breath in Heaven. May the Good Lord comfort you and grant you peace.
LHS Class of 81
LHS Class of 77
I have such fond memories of Creative Writing class (class of 1974)with Miss Haley. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Hazel, we never got to meet, but you mentored your neice quite well.
I can't think of stronger, resourceful women then Mary Sr., Mary Jr. and all the stories about Hazel. You have left big shoes to fill.
However, Mary can do the job!
You were a wonderful teacher and I always enjoyed going to your class.
You will surely be missed....thanks for your own brand of education
class if 1960
I am so glad that I was able to be one of your many children.
Thank you for all your love and widsom.
Holly (Carrell) Yeager - LHS c/o 97
GOD HAS HER IN HIS LOVELY HEAVEN WERE ONE DAY WE WILL MEET.
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORDS OF WISDOM AND SO MANY YEARS OF DEDICATION
God's speed Miss Haley. You were dearly loved and will be missed by us all. You were so precious to all who knew you. I am grateful to have been in her class. And, I also enjoyed talking to her at my son's baseball games for LHS 2000-2004. We should all adopt her philosophy on kids. They are special and need us to tell them so.
Hazel Haley was an inspiration to all of us. How fortunate Lakeland Senior High was to have this wonderful lady to guide our way. She will be in my prayers.
Mary Ann Mershon
Class of '53
I've never met Hazel, but I have heard and read a lot about her. She was an amazing woman & an inspiration to us all.
I never met Mrs. Hazel Haley, but I think that she gave all her time and love to all her students and family. I just know that we lost a special person in this world that we are all going to miss her alot, but remember that god has her in his arms and giving her alot of love from all of us here, someone so kinds and special will never be forgotten. god bless every one and my prayers are with you.
You taught me while I was in high school and I will always miss you
Thank you for you undying devotion to your students, I count myself lucky to be among them. You were truly an amazing person and will be greatly missed in many hearts. I look forward to the day when I can finally travel to England and see all the wonderful things that you were able to experience and taught us about in your wonderful classroom.
Discovering the comet of language in your universe made my sky infinitely worth watching. That streak of gobble and taste in your English IV class long ago has enlarged my universe and I am a comet watcher. I learned passion and the itch of poetry from your careful choices. You taught me to touch all the best words and shine them with care in my search to own flying, tasting, and savoring rarified skies. For you, the lesson was vital, fully winged and necessary to prepare us all for that plunge into the power of humanity. You helped teach me to practice my daily ethics. Your patience with all of us inspired me to become a teacher also. For that one kindness, I am eternally grateful and remember you each time I teach the Mighty Shakespeare. One profound discovery came later-- my own son was lucky enough to also have you as a teacher and he adored you. To hear him expound on your graces was a rediscovery of all the wonders I had not forgotten, but needed to dust. For the gift of wings and comet madness, we thank you for your gift of gab and your grace of wit. Thank you, darling Hazel. I will always love you for calling me "dear child" even when I thought I was old. Thank you.
I send you and your family our thoughts and prayers. I thank you for sharing such a great person with so many students over all those years. Never once did Mrs. Haley ever act like she was there for any other reason than that she loved teaching. If we all could share that kind of devotion and love with one tenth the people that she touched. Thank you, Thank you. We are all blessed to have known you.
As a parent of two of your students, I'd like to express my appreciation for the positive influence you had in their lives. Ms. Haley, my most heartfelt 'thank you'.
Ms. Haley spoke at my daughter's graduation from Florida Southern College, and I will tell you that the students and guests were talking about her for days, in fact my 89 year old father still talks about what a great speech.
This is obviously one of the most dedicated teachers and I know she will be truly missed.
My sympathy to the family
Mrs. Haley, You were an inspiration to so very many students as well as teachers. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and friend during the time that I spent at Lakeland High School. Andrew (Jack) Crew
You blessed me in more ways than you know. You spoke at College graduation (FSC DEC 2001), and you were awesome!!! I only wished I could have been one of your highschool students. You will be missed. Know that you are loved.
Didn't know Ms. Haley, but I am so overwhelmed by how many people she touched during her lifetime. From the entries left here, you did your job very well! RIP.
Miss Haley, I refer to you so often and to the impact you made on me. You truly were an inspiration and a wonderful motivator. We were blessed to have you.
Gone...but never forgotten. You will always live in the hearts and minds of everyone you have touched.
I do not know where to begin with this entry. I was a '99 graduate of LHS and I had my first experience with Ms. Haley when I was in the Tenth Grade. I was naive then and did not know that it was Ms. Haley who stopped me one morning and asked, "Child, could you please help me with the thermostat control?" Little did I know that two years later I would wind up as one of Ms. Haley's "Darlings."
She never menced words to my class; always told us how things were and that we were very much important to not only herself, but to our own self. I found myself one day in AP Chem and I was summoned via intercom to her room and I was shocked to enter her room and she had the biggest look of disappointment on her face. She had recently graded one of my papers and gave it a failing grade. She spoke with me, never a discouraging word, and gave me a second chance. Before I knew it, I was determined to not let her down because she had faith in me. She had faith in all of her children.
I never had a chance to tell Ms. Haley how much I did appreciate her and how sorely she will be missed. I do know that her legacy will live on through all of us. God speed Ms. Haley.
Hazel Haley...YOU "INSPIRE" ME
This is so sweet. I hope the family is doing all right. My BEST wishes.
I was born and raised in Lakeland and was one of five children. I think I'm the only one who didn't have Miss Haley for a teacher; however, I do have something I would like to share with those who knew and loved her.
My father (Deane Hart) went to high school with Miss Haley in 1932 and I was able to locate this darling picture!
Most certainly a life well lived!
It has been a lovely journey this past week to be reminded of the "jewels of wisdom" passed from Hazel Haley to all her "Dears". I have revisited memories thought forgotten of praise for speeches given, trust as I wrote dreams in my journal and grammar made understandable. Knowing Miss Haley in my adult years was a blessing. She continued to encourage and praise. Ever witty, ever genuine she issued mores lessons learned by action than word. I am pleased to include the life of Hazel Haley in my life narrative. Thank you Miss Haley - Enjoy Paradise.
A jewel among the coal was tossed.
It sparkled bright and pink.
Picked up by many,
some carried, some lost, caused others to ponder and think.
It's brightness now set in a paradise found is lost to the coal now that is scattered.
But "my dears" jewels from coal in diamonds have formed from care of the pink jewel.
Ginger (Miller) Whittington
Class of 1977
Thanks for a job well done! You were a great encouragement to all the writers and scholars. No angles for you! We loved you presence.
We are Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey! Miss Haley your journey on earth is now over, but your spirit and memories will remain in the hearts of others forever!
"THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES"
Jaudon Thomas Cline (Class of 1966)
Miss Haley influenced my life in so many ways. She taught us LIFE--not just English. I'm so glad I kept in touch with her with Christmas cards for 51 years--just to let her know how her many little lessons made me into a better person and responsible and educated adult. Thank you, Hazel
The Alpha and Omega of LHS English teachers. Miss Haley is missed by us while she is home with God.
Class of '52
You will be greatly missed
I never knew Ms. Haley, but from what I have heard about her, I wish I had. She sounds like a wonderful teacher who loved to be with her students. I wish I could have had her as one of my teachers in the future. But, she rests in peace now and I bet she is now teaching in heaven. She has found a better job up there, teaching people who have died that still want to learn. She is a great person whom everyone loves and maybe one day, we will all see her in heaven and she can teach me there.
This wonderful woman will truly be missed. Class of 94
I am very sadden by the lost of a very special angle, she has gone to be with the Lord and the rest of the angles you will be very missed.
Although life will go on without you, there will never be a moment in my life that I can not reach back and think of you. We were just talking about you the day we found out about your death. You will be greatly missed. We love you Miss Haley
I will mis you dearly mis haley but as you always said we shoudn't say that u are gone to a better place I will just say tha u have took a long eternal vacation.
Thank you for your years of service, dedication and your great advice. You will be missed.
Class of 1994
What a privilege to read all the tribures to Hazel Haley. She was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. I remember seeing her the last time I was in Lakeland. She was on her way home from church and we stopped the car and talked to her in front of the little convenience store across from the
Library It was an honor to get to talk to her again. She was one of a kind and we will never forget her!!!
Lakeland will miss this 'great ladyl'!!
Hazel Haley was an exceptional teacher and Friend. She, loved to come to Dreadnaught football games. I always kept 2 seats in the press box for her, if there was bad weather. A great lady whose soul will live on, in others! Good Bye!!
LHS c/o 1984
Although I did not know Ms Haley, our son was one of the many students whom she taught and we remember the fond stories he brought home to us about her. God is most certainly receiving a angel to her mansion with him.
Ms. Haley was my teacher for two fabulous years. She was a huge part of my highschool years. Since I graduated in 1992, I went into teaching myself, and I hope that I am half the teacher to my students, that she was to me.
She was unforgetable. She has inspired so many that her legacy will live on. (c/o '93)
Hazel Haley had a strict policy of no food in her class. But having her for 1st period was hard without food, so Ben Rainey and I always cleaned up our mess...she never said anything as she knew there were two of her favorite doughnuts under a sheet of paper on her desk.
A wonderful TEACHER...who has now made it HOME!!!!
1966...LHS...my memories are as clear as if they were yesterday, I'm sitting in the desk type chair, Ms. Haley is on her stool saying "Ladies and gentlemen....
My fondest memory of Ms. Haley was as an adult when I worked beside her at the Junior League Thrift Sale as a "bagger." She would call out the price of an item and hand me 3-4 items to place in the bag before calling out another price. Each time she winked at me and smiled. When our shift was over and we were leaving she put her arm around me and whispered,"Dahling...God will forgive you!" Ms. Haley, I am one of those children who grew up to be a teacher, most of my years with Polk County Schools. You touched each of us, regardless of the career paths we took, but I pray that we will touch at least one person as you did us. I still write Thank you notes within two weeks and I promise, I am a Southern Lady, too!
Miss Haley is the sole reason why i am in the entertainment business..having trouble expressing my thoughts during an oral book report, i decide to 'act' out the book..thus sending me on my way..from disney to stand up comedy..i have done it all...currently on tour with The Mahoney Brothers whom i have been with since 2000...www.jayswanson.com..thank you miss haley for your guidance...i'm sure you'll make all the following angels wipe their feet...
She was an inspiration to me! I am so glad I got to hear her speak my senior year of high school. Teachers like her and others that I have had over the years helped me choose my decision to be an elementary education major now. Thank you Ms. Haley!
LHS is a school of rich tradition and legacy. Ms. Haley is an example of those things. She will forever live on in the hearts and minds of her "children" as she lovingly referred to us. Students of LHS, past, present & future classes make her proud because you know she is in heaven bragging about the MIGHTY DREADNAUGHTS, the school & students she loved. Of course in a very lady like manner and we don't want to ever let her down.
She is gone but will never be forgotten.
Job well done my good and faithful servant.
RIP Ms. Haley.
Class of 1989
I will always remember that Miss Haley stood behind her students 100% and made it well-known, even in the face of the most powerful people on campus. She taught me more than just about English my senior year. She is a forever inspiration in my life and future endeavors.
Tribute to Hazel Haley:
You were so special to us in 1956 and we still remember the life lessons you taught us.
As a teacher at BMS, I found Mrs. Haley's imprint even in my own classroom, and even though I have moved around since, I still have some of her work, although I never learned from her personally. Many of my colleagues during my time in Polk County spoke of Hazel Haley and I felt as if she was a legend for educators to live up to. I know she has touched generations of people in ways she never knew.
A fellow educator,
Dearest Miss Haley,
I attended your funeral today. The church was so full, I was ushered right down front, across the aisle from your pew. What wonderful tributes to you were said, some of which made me cry, others laugh. After the service, I rode past your home, and Earl was sitting there with shiny tires, ready to go! I will always remember you as my best teacher! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Rest in peace, beautiful lady.
When I think about being in high school, my mind quickly returns to 1966 at LHS and Ms. Haley's classroom. I can see her and hear her say,"Ladies and Gentlemen...." as though it were yesterday. She didn't have groups, she had expectations and there were few who did not strive to live up to what she expected from her "children." My fondest memory of Ms. Haley was years later when I worked beside her at the Junior League Thrift Sale. She called out the prices and handed me the items to bag while someone totaled the price she called out. Every time she called out a price for an item, she handed me three or four items to slip into the bag for that price. Each time she looked at me, smiled and winked. When we finished she said, "Dahling"thank you...God will forgive you!" and walked away. I never let her forget that act of kindness! So many of us are in Polk County Schools over 40 years later. I pray we have touched at least one student like she did us.
So many times we look at heroes as tough rugged men but Hazel Haley was a true heroe and one who saw good in all. Our loss and the heavens great gain. class of 68
Hazel Haley’s wonderfully unique spirit lives in all who were honored to become one of her “children.” She not only taught English, but deftly threw in a heavy dose of life lessons (always tempered with humor) that made her students yearn to come back for more. She inspired everyone to “Live life to the fullest” and to politely do our best at whatever we set our own minds on doing. She shaped and molded her “children” into young ladies and gentlemen and, in her own special way, prepared us all for life’s adventures. I went on to pursue a career in writing due, in large part, to her encouragement and support. And for that, I am forever grateful. No one who had the opportunity to cross Ms. Haley’s path will ever forget what a special life force she possessed. Her zest of living and learning made us all not only strive to do our best, but to work at achieving even more. She was truly “Nulli Secondus” and will live on in all who were privileged to know her.
Mary Richard, Class of 1977
It was very sad to hear about Ms. Haley. I graduated from Lakeland High in 2006 and was honored to speak to her every morning in the hallway. I never had her as a teacher, but knew her passion for teaching. She's about the only person in the world that wouldn't give teens a bad rap. I loved her! May she be in a better place.
I will miss you Ms. Haley! You were an inspiration to us all. You gave me some of the best advice someone could give. I was sad I wasn't able to take your class since they made you retire. English 4 just wasn't the same without you. Take pride in knowing how many youth you have touched over the years. R.I.P Ms. Haley. You will be missed!!
I have never met Ms. Haley but I have known teachers like her. I was also lucky to read several articles about her since her retirement and was deeply touched by her desire to teach for so long. I feel we are all diminished a bit by her absence.
Before senior year when I became a student in Ms. Haley's class, English was my least favorite student. She made the subject that more enjoyable. I will always remember her petite frame and how she used to tap me to let me know that she was going to the ladies room :-)
Praise God for what He did in your life and through you. You are missed! Class of '04.
A Mother to all children at Lakeland High School. You will be missed, and always remembered by all.
Ms. Halley was the most inspirational teacher ever. It was she that really gave me the desire to do well in school. She'd say "An A is an A, so when I give an A , my students get the highest A, 99%. If the class failed to listen or were acting up She'd say "You Twits!" We'd laugh but also knew that we'd better listen and straighten up. I'll miss her greatly.
Miss Haley was a wonderful teacher, she will be missed.
i am deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful teacher. my sister and i were both lucky to have been her "children" and i personally enjoyed having her as a teacher as i know my sister did as well. She will be greatly missed but i am sure she will keep her on eye on everyone from above
I remember walking down the English Hall and her ever presence around. I was not fortunate enough to have had her as my English teacher but my father and aunt were. Class of 1989
I remember walking down the English Hall and her ever presence around. I was not fortunate enough to have had her as my English teacher but my father and aunt were. Class of 1989
What a wonderful lady and teacher; I will never forget our 50th Class Reunion, August 2005; we visited the class room that I attended in 1955, and she was right there. The most amazing thing is how she remembered your name after all those years. Rest in peace, Miss Haley.
Joan Braswell Sutton, Class of '55
What a wonderful lady and teacher; I will never forget our 50th Class Reunion, August 2005; we visited the very class room that I attended in 1955, and she was right there. The most amazing thing is how she remembered your name after all those years. Rest in peace, Miss Haley.
Joan Braswell Sutton, Class of '55
I am in the class of '91 and Ms. Haley will always have a special place in my heart. I was quiet in class but she brought out that shyness and recognized that I had a lot to say after reading my essays. Ms. Haley will always be remembered as a wonderful, caring teacher.
You will be missed. Class of 89
I'm Class of 1958, so it was a long time ago when I had to write those interminable weekly essays. But they stood me in good stead: Writing was the foundation of my career, and now my daughter is a writer, too. The world needs more teachers like Hazel Haley.
I didn't know Ms.Haley but from reading the articles in the paper and some of the things former students have to say about her, it makes me proud to serve and protect this country for such a great lady. God Bless Ms. Haley
I was a new teacher and doubted my instincts. Ms. Haley spoke to our group and reinforced my instincts. I never let anyone cast doubts on my faith in kids after that. She cannot be replaced!
What an inspiration!! Ms. Haley is the one Teacher that made you sad when the weekend came because you wouldn't see her for a couple of days. There have been, and are alot of great Teachers, but there will never be another Ms. Haley. Thank you for making a differance in many people's lives. God Bless You. He did us, with your presence. Class of 1979
The world and LHS will truly miss you in more way than you will ever know.
Class of '68'
It is a privilege to have been one of your "Dear Children."
I praise God for your ministry.
Mrs. Haley was a great teacher and an even better person. I consider myself truly blessed to have been taught not only course lessons but also life lessons by a gifted soul. We will all miss you Mrs. Haley.
I did not know Miss Haley. I only knew of her. After reading the article in The Ledger this morning, she was a person I would have love to have met and known.
Rest in peace, Miss Haley. Your life was full and heaven is surely a better place now that you are there.
Dear Miss Haley,
Although I've often acknowledged to you what a tremendous effect you had on my life as my English teacher, mentor and friend, our visits during recent weeks have affected me most profoundly. I find it impossible to express how much I'll miss you.
Jean Hauger Bunch, Class of '61
Miss Haley was my favorite teacher and a wonderful lady. I am honored to be one of her children. When she assigned a book report we'd always ask how many words it needed to be. She'd always say, "Write until it's finished." I'm so grateful for all the life lessons she taught, how she cared about each of us, and how she took the time to read and grade everything she assigned. She is truely the definition of the word "Teacher."
RIP Ms. Haley.....You should find a picture of her in the dictionary as defining the word "TEACHER".
Everyone knew Mrs. Haley at LHS, whether they were one of her students or not. If you weren't, you wish you were from everything you heard. She is a dear soul and all of us are enriched from the wonderful gifts of love of life and knowledge she shared with everyone. Peaceful journeys, Hazel.
Class of '87
I can only repeat what has been written so many times before. Thank you for changing and impacting so many lives in a positive way. Thank you for having the patience to allow the greatness to come out in all of us and the wisdom to know when we were on the wrong path. Thank you for the support you gave me when life through me a curve ball my senior year. I know the Dreadnaught nation will miss you greatly and the world is a lesser place without you. I will miss you.
Miss Haley was a fantastic teacher and one of the most interesting people I have ever had the chance to talk to. See will be greatly missed and I feel honored to have had the chance to be taught by her. I love you Miss Haley. Class of 1999
Miss. Haley inspired generations of teachers as well as students. She understood fully why we teach: to inspire young people to be the best that they can be. A struggling student finding success, a morning smile and an afternoon "thank you" from our students is worth more than money can buy. I feel blessed to have known you. You are an inspiration.
Few teachers are remembered 30 + years after graduation, but she certainly was one of them. You will be missed. Class of '77
Thank you Miss Haley, for not seeing color, but ALWAYS the individual beauty in every student you taught.
DEAR MISS HALEY,
THANK YOU FOR MAKING ATTENDING SCHOOL AT LHS SUCH A SUPREME EXPERIENCE! I LOVED GOING EVERY DAY AND I KNOW YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY,AND GREAT FRIENDLY STUDENT BODY, HAD A GREAT DEAL TO DO WITH IT. IT WAS ALWAYS SO REWARDING TO SEE YOU AT THE DREADNAUGHT FOOTBALL GAMES AND IT MEANT SO MUCH TO ALL OF US AND MY DEAR FRIEND DR BOB PEDDY, FOR YOU TO BE THERE.
MY ENTHUSIASM FOR LHS IS STILL ALIVE AFTER MY 1954 GRADUATION BUT I BELIEVE ITS' MOTTO "NULLI SECUNDUS" HAS TO BE SHARED BY BOTH AN OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL AND A TRULY ONE OF A KIND FRIEND-TEACHER!! MAY YOUR IMPRINT ON ALL YOU HAVE TOUCHED, LIVE ON AND ON!!!! " NAUGHT" WITH YOU FOREVER.
She is an awesome teacher. I feel honored to have been one of her students. She will always be remembered.
Class of 2000!
There will never be another teacher as special as Ms.Haley. She will forever be an elegant lady. She will always be loved and deeply missed. She is now an Angel to watch over all of her many children, and I feel very fortunate to have her looking out for me! Love you Ms. Haley
How well I remember Hazel's first words to us in 1950..." You will study English and Literature, but you will learn about life , respect and loyalty...". How Blessed we are to have been one of her "children" !
Dick Mason '53
Ms. Haley was one of a kind, there will never be another like her.
Class of 1973
You were the teacher who instilled in me a desire to set the world on fire with words. Now, after college, raising a family, and being a grandmother x5, I am able to finally realize my dream of writing poetry, two songs, my first children's book and a second book in progress. Thank you for what you have done for me, as well as what you did for all your other students . . . as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. There will not be another Hazel Haley. My sympathies to all.
Just read a story about Miss Haley in The Miami Herald. What a wonderful teacher! Wish I would have known her. Kudos to her school district for knowing a good thing when they saw it by allowing her to teach for as long as she liked. The whole world can learn a lesson from you - seniors are wonderful! My condolences to all who miss her.
Miss Haley was the BEST. She was ALWAYS respectful of others, which is why everyone had so much respect for her. I pray she remembers her children in Heaven (remember we were her children!). I know I will remember those days I spent in her class AMAZED at the respect even the most ornery students gave her. She commanded it, and she received exactly what she commanded. Thanks for the wonderful last year in grade school English Miss Haley. Until we meet again in Heaven, you will be missed! Class of '86
If I can impact one life in the same positive way Hazel Haley impacted mine, I will deem my life a success. What a treasure she was!
Miss Haley...or H-cubed, as she called herself was the ultimate teacher. She was motherly, understanding and a LADY. She will be missed terribly, and I only wish my children would have been able to experience her "class".
Ms. Haley you will be missed by many, thanks for all the memories.
God Bless you and rest in peace.
I feel very honored to have been taught by such a great person. She will be missed by many. LHS C/O 89
What memories she had of Lakeland High School.
Although I was not one of Miss Haley's students, she was a friend of my mother's, taught my brother, and her influence at LHS extended far beyond her classsroom. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Saturday, before Hazel Haley's death, was a day of honor for me. Mrs. Haley and I spent the morning together which began early, 7:30 AM at her front door. We drove to Winter Haven where she was the keynote speaker for Kappa Delta Gamma's district meeting held at Polk Community College. Our group met for breakfast, which Mrs. Hazel refused, "I ate earlier this morning, but I will drink a cup of tea." she said. Later, she and I slowly walked to the auditorium to await her precious speech. As we strolled we talked, laughed, and shared our independence about health care, her trip to the Disney hospital, and her dream of traveling to Ireland and England this summer. During the meeting, we sat side-by-side and whispered like naughty school children. We shared our love of teaching and our respect for the young people of today. We were nostalgic about days long ago, while dreaming of the future. On our return trip to Lakeland, (we left earlier than expected due to Mrs. Haley's reguest, "I am tired and need to go home when you can leave and take me.") Leaving the building took time since everyone wanted to touch her after hearing her inspiring and humorous speech. On the drive back to Lakeland we never stopped laughing and talking. Politics was uppermost on her mind. Religion, her fear of traffic that passed her on the right side of the car, and the cost of homes in the antique district. She recalled all of the Selph's who were once her students. Sadly, I was not among the group; however, I learned from her by being in her presence at church, through her speeches at events, and by word of mouth. All that I can say is: my Saturday was truly blessed! When I left her at her front door, a feeling came over me that I would probably never see her alive again. Those feelings are often a curse, and that is one I didn't want to experience. Reading the comments from her former students is a testimony to her great wealth as a teacher and a person. How I wish that my sympathy expressions will be as thoughtful and numerous from the students I have taught when I die, but one can only wish, since Hazel Haley was truly one of a kind. We shall never see the likes of her again. However, we can aspire to become the person she saw in all of us.
Dear Miss Haley,
You were the very best teacher I ever had in all my school years. You will be missed by many, and remembered by all.
A super special lady.
Ms. Haley, my eternal thanks to all you taught to everyone who had the privilege of meeting you. I think about you often while remembering the intracacies of grammar and writing. RIP in this new chapter of your life. You are an amazing woman!
Thank you Hazel for teaching above and beyond standard and often mundane curriculum. Your sharing of your life experiences remain thought evoking and the most cherished of lessons.
Miss Haley told me I was capable of
much better. I've been working on it ever since. Thank you Hazel for
defining the word "teacher."
Ward Humphreys class '65
Both B.V. Smith and I (Doris Flautt) benefitted from having Miss Haley as an English teacher. We have both had many memories and I guess we thought she would go on forever. Her life was devoted to reaching so many students and I think that was the secret of her success. She reached us all. B.V. and Doris Smith
Miss Haley was one of the most delightful people I've ever known. Highly intelligent, witty, and charming, her presence will be greatly missed. What a legacy she left behind!
She was a treasure.As one of her "kids" I can truly say she was one of the most dedicated,loving human beings i've ever met.
As an early neighbor of the Sales family,Iwant you to know that your love for my family and now to hear of your great love and devotion to Ms.Haley will never be forgotten.I share your sadness at her passing but also share the joy that one day we'll all see her again.
Bob Allen LHS'65
Although I never had Miss Haley for a teacher, my sister, Nina Hauck - 1954, did and always spoke highly of her. She has left a deep impression upon the world in many ways and will be remembered for a long time. Blessings to her family as they grieve their great loss.
Miss Haley, I will never forget how to say "medieval". We must have chanted that word 25 times before you thought we had it right. Now, it drives me crazy when I hear someone say it wrong.
Sometimes, it's the little things that leave a lasting impression.
I hope you and William Shakespeare have had the chance to meet up there in heaven.
As a member of Miss Haley's Senior Class of 1957, I have long appreciated the fact that I was fortunate enough to have been one of her students. She truly taught all of us so much more than English, but it was because of her that I became an English Major and teacher. No one who was in her class could have ever been the same once she taught and influenced them for a year. A year of her teaching lasted a lifetime for me, and I will always be grateful that she was a part of my life.
Mattie Hall Hazelrig, Class of 1957
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Dear Miss Haley. Being in your 6th period English class was a great way to end each day at LHS. All who were lucky to know you will never forget you -- outstanding teacher, mentor and very good friend.
Beth King Rulof Class of '58
She leaves us all a beautiful example, Finishing Well!
LHS - Class of '79
I've used Ms. Hazel Haley as "My Hero" to start numerous workshops for teachers. I never met her, but I feel connected to her. As an educational mentor and consultant, I feel that it's important for new and aspiring teachers to hear her story. Bless her for giving me a reason to get out of bed and keep teaching.
To be loved and appreciated by so many is so wonderful. Miss Hazel you will always have a special place in our hearts. We were so blessed to have you here on this earth. Now you can rest,for your works has inspired multitudes of children,parents,grandparents and our community.
Proud to be one of your "children" from the class of '73. Whenever I see the word "that" I still cringe inside. Thank you!
Your work here on earth was done, and what a fine job you did! Rest well, Ms. Haley - you will be missed.
Sally Rambo, Class of '68.
Hazel Haley was an exceptional teacher and human being. She, in her own unique way, relished unconventional thinking and instilled independence in all who were fortunate enough to have known her. A priceless woman whose soul will live on in many ways.
What a wonderful woman. If only we had more teachers like her in todays school system. She didn't teach with the "preprinted" books -she taught with her heart, with such a passion to educate the kids of the future. She loved each student for who they were and believed in them. She was one of a kind
I was feeling sad about not being able to attend Hazel's memorial service on Monday. Now after reading through the 35 pages of messages from former students and others, I am realizing that no service, no matter how well planned, could do a better job of remembering her to all who read her Guest Book. What a legacy! As her long-time friend of more than 60 years, I want to express my personal appreciation to each one of you for taking the time and effort to express your thoughts and feelings in such beautiful ways. Your Mama would be proud of you!
Our days on earth are like grass, like wildflowers we bloom and die. The wind blows and we are gone - - as though we had never been here.
The seeds of Hazel Haley's life will sprout and bloom forever made manifest by her positive energy and the great spirit she sowed in the lives of countless others. Class of '47
Miss Haley taught much more than English. She taught Life, Faith, Respect and how to live a full, productive life. I will miss seeing her when I visit Lakeland.
Thank You for all of the wisdom that you bestowed upon me not only about English and Shakespeare but most importantly about life. I am truly blessed to have been one of your "children". Lakeland High School is just not the same without you! May this new journey of yours be far better than the rest! You will be missed. Class of 2002
Into the hands of the Lord a true Angel has gone to rest.
She will be missed dearly!
I didn't get a chance to be taught by Ms. Hazel Haley but I remember her from my years at LHS. She taught my sister and everyone I know who was taught by her, loved her. She is truely someone to be remembered. c/o 2002
If more people had the same compassion for teaching and life that Miss Haley had ,what a wonderful world we would live in.
Thank you for reminding a self-righteous 17 year old that God's goodness could be found everywhere if I would just open my eyes. You were right.
God Bless you...my memory of you and your teachings has inspired me in many ways throughout my life.
Ms. Haley was truly a gift as a teacher and a person. She will be truly missed, but remembered as a person who changed our world.
You taught my grandmother, my mother, then me. It was an honor and blessing to be one of your "children". Your lessons will live on in the thousands you touched.
Miss Haley was the best teacher I ever had, and inspired me to become a teacher myself. I am at the beginning of my career - year number one - and when things get tough, Miss Haley helps me out. I try to treat all my own "children" with the same respect and dignity I learned from this wonderful woman. I can only hope to be a tenth of the teacher that she was, and I never got a chance to thank her in person. Thank you, Miss Haley, you left the world a better place than you found it.
Too many "very's" (I hope that's the correct way to spell it) stayed with and helped me all my life. I'm still too wordy;not that you didn't try to change that. Jon and Bobbi were your best.
She will be missed
Class of 1958
You were rougher on me than on most of my peers, Miss Haley. But yu made it clear it wbecause ai wasn't living up to my gifts. That always irritated you. When lesser talents did better work she'd look at me with those wonderfully sad eyes and say, Glore, you're no damn good." But the affection was palpable. She picked me to play the lead in the
Senior Class Play and made me a star. She knew I was a writer, though, and is singly responsible for a career that has spanned well over 50 years as a middling playwright,award-winning copywriter, and still-budding novelist.For me, it was love at first sight, and the romance continues to this day.
A more gracious person never lived.
What fun we had in senior English class in 1961! I remember my classroom seat and that my locker was right beside your door. Your words and deeds as my beloved teacher have served me well throughout my life and will continue to do so. Your kind words are passed down through the generations as I say to my five year old granddaughter Maddie, "Young ladies always say thank you."
In 1981 when I joined the LHS faculty, I felt honored and delighted to be your colleague and friend. We had many happy years celebrating your "Pink" birthdays, working on SACS together and teaching in the Hazel Haley building. When I saw you at school or in public, I always loved your affectionate smile and had to give you a big hug. In 2003 I was amazed that I was retiring and that you were continuing to guide your flock of children as you had for over 60 years. You did live life to the fullest and I have no doubt that you are doing so with your Lord and Savior. Dear inspirational teacher, fun-loving colleague, warm, gentle friend, I will miss you because I love you dearly.
Class of 1961
You have left a legacy, not only for your students, but for all of us teachers that are trying to follow in your footsteps. You lived a charmed life!
Hazel Haley.. You truely were my favorite teacher even now in college. You taught me more in one term than many have in a lifetime. I was proud to be one of your "children". I will always remember you being cute about naming the stuffed animal I gave you for your birthday.. i think you finally settled on Hazelle:).. Thank you so much for being such an incredible and inspiring person. You will truely be missed!!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
She was a National Board teacher long before NBPTS started.
May here immediate family and all of her "children" be blessed in this time of lost.
When we asked why we had to memorize something, Miss Haley would say, "because this is something educated people know." I have since learned that she was absolutely right!
Miss Haley continues to influence my life, forty-six years after I graduated. She was a wonderful teacher, prepared us for college, and gave us skills useful for a lifetime. She will be missed. She was a wonderful, unique and fantastic lady.
Ms. Haley was a fantastic teacher and person. Her spirit will continue to live in all the lives she touched.
My deepest sympathies to Lakeland Sr. High and all her thousands of children. Class of 1993
You were the kind of teacher that made a differance in so many lives. Thanks for the many great years. May you rest in peace.
Wayne Culp class of 81
She inspired many young people!
YOU WILL BE MISSED CLASS OF 1975
YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED......
I was a part of her last class at Lakeland senior high school. I will greatly miss her. Class of 2006.
Miss Haley taught me that good writing is LEAN. I also learned some important lessons in practical etiquette during her annual Prom speech. To my delight she was also the key note speaker at my FSC graduation, where she told some fantastic stories of college girls behaving badly in the 1930's. She really made an impression on me. HAC class of 1997.
She was truly a gift to all. I was fortunate enough to have her not only as a teacher, but what I consider a life leader. Her love of education spanned far beyond the everyday routine of the text book, she always made everyone laugh. She greeted me everyday with a simple wink and a pat on my back. My senior year was made all that more special, by having her as my inspiration.
Mrs. Haley you will be greatly missed, but I will cherish your memory forever. Because of you I was able to see beyond Polk County to the enchanted history of England and look outside the box. I challenged myself then and now, as you showed me that I can be anything that my heart desires.
Lakeland Senior High c/o ‘02’
University of Florida c/o‘06’
Miss Haley posted this letter on the LHS web site in 2002:
"Welcome to Miss Haley's Adorable Page"
"A few lines written with love to my former students--all ten million of them. When at the precocious age of sixteen I graduated from Lakeland High School--that splendid yellow-brick memorial to greatness on North Florida Avenue--little did I dream that a short sixty years later, I would have become the Ultimate School Matriarch, presumed to be the living annals of everything that has happened to every graduate over the past half century.
If you were one of mine, you will remember that I was never red-hot about the past; preoccupied, instead, with the future.
...As for Mother Haley, she still holds court over whatever takes place in room 6, where her dear students regard her as so mature that she will fall into a stupor if they should act ugly, so they treat her with the degree of reverence she so richly deserves. Just kidding.
I miss every one of you who have blessed my life, and I hope your careers are as fulfilling as mine has been. Let me know." Hazel Haley
To the best teacher that ever was and will ever be in the hearts of so many Dreadnaughts. Class of '77
SHE WILL BE LOVED AND MISSED. I AM FROM THE CLASS OF 1992
SHE WILL BE LOVED AND MISSED. I AM FROM THE CLASS OF 2003
EVEN THOUGHT I NEVER HAD HER AS A TEACHER SHE WILL BE LVED AND MISSED. I AM FROM THE CLASS OF 2002
I AM FROM THE CLASS OF 1993 AND MS HALEY WAS A SWEET HEART. I WILL MISS AND LOVE HER.
I can't imagine how diminished my life would be had I not had the good fortune to have Miss Haley as a teacher, mentor and friend. She sent me to Boys' State, taught me self-respect and to respect others, especially those of differing viewpoints.
All of "her children" owe a debt of gratitude to Streamline Sale and his family for "adopting" Miss Haley many years ago. She became part of their caring family--all of which added to her years of sharing her wisdom, humor and love.
Her presence will always be with us--she just has a new set of angel wings. God couldn't loan her to us any longer.
Class of '49
Miss Haley was an insightful and caring teacher and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Betty Browder Matousek, Class of '51
I remember your kindness from back in the day. Rest in peace, Ms. Haley.
While visiting us two years ago, our daughter-in-law,a teacher, and daughter of a teacher was so impressed by the article on Ms. Haley's retirement and her dedication as a teacher. Even though we have never met Ms. Haley, she was truly an inspiration.
Miss Hazel Haley was an amazing woman and she will be missed dearly. One of my most favorite things that she ever said was, "Always take a moment to stop and look at the sunrise, for you never know when it will be your last."
I love and appreciate the opportunity to have known and been taught by such a wise woman. It truly is an honor to have been the last class that she taught.
Hazel Haley was one of the best teachers that I ever had. I looked forward to going to her class every morning. She was such a great lady and will missed by so many.
You were a great inspiration to me in my everyday life as my teacher. You always told me to PAY ATTENTION. We loved you, Herbert Weeks and wife of 58 years, Thelma.
Both of 1948 graduating class.
I can never forget the valuable quidance Miss Haley gave me about
life..in 1957. I remembered her everyday... Jim Kruk
YOU WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED BY EVERYBODY YOU TOUCHED OVER THE YEARS. ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME.
May God bless your sweet, patient and kind soul.
Thank you for touching the hearts and minds of so many during your many years on this earth.
Thank you for the standards you upheld for the little ones you taught, and to always remind your students to act like proper young ladies and men.
Thank you so much for teaching not only their minds but their souls.
You've inspired many to be more than they ever dreamed they could be.
You've left quite the legacy in all of the students and persons that have known and loved you throughout your lifetime.
Those that live in the hearts of others never die.
Blessings from the AAA Auto Club South in Lakeland. From her 'hello, darlin' to her 'see you soon', the smiles she gave everyone here will be remembered. Her love of travel and her adventures were great stories. Thanks, Miss Haley from AAA Auto Club South Lakeland
I didn't have the honor to attend her class as she only had English Honor classes; However, I met with her a couple of times and asked her to help me with one of my english papers for another teacher... She gladly accepted and she told me that I would go far in life and that I just needed to apply myself...
Since then my life has changed and I look at things in a different perspective... She helped me more than I could of wished for...
At Lakeland Senior High, Polk County, Florida, Country and World Wide you will be remembered....
"Thank You once again for a Job well done... you will be missed Mrs. Haley!"
CLASS OF 2005!!!
I worked with her as the professional yearbook photographer for many years. Her yearbook staff produced some of Lakeland High's best books under her direction. She was simply wonderful to work for.
How one woman can make such an impact on so many people is incredible. Even though most of us were only with her for a semester her life lessons live on. Everytime I write a paper I think back to the lessons she taught me while in her class. To this day I try to live by one of her most famous lines, "No one can make you feel inferior unless you let them." She might be gone, but her legacy will forever live on in her children. We love and miss you Miss Haley!
I never sat in her classroom but had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her on a number of occassions. She was always a joy to speak with and a class act like none other.
Miss Haley encouraged her students to dream and follow those dreams.
Class Of 1973.
Most of my high school memories are forgettable. Ms. Haley was one of the few teachers that inspired me to learn to love the English language. I credit her for laying the groundwork for a lifetime of writing skills and for the love of reading. Were it not for her influence, I may never had been so successful in graduate school years later. Thanks, Ms. Haley!
LHS Class of '71
May you continue teaching in the
We'll miss your laugh, jokes, and all the great conversations we had with you after class. You were always an absolute lady! Thank you so much for imparting your wisdom and knowledge. My sister and I still have our 'boo boo list'. Your class was much more than "English". In room 106, we were nurtured; developing into responsible and independent thinkers. Thank you so much for everything you gave to us! A true servant to the Lord, you have gone home to live. I am sure HE told you this already, but a job well done :)
Loving and missing you,
The Cooper-Jackson and Brown Family
Even though i never had you as a teacher. i have heard many things about you........you will be missed and never forgotten.
I remember my Senior speech when she corrcted several of the words I used and how grateful I was after we spent a year in England. The words I used in that speech would have been completely foreign to them. It saved me a lot of embarrassment. She was an excellent teacher and a wonderful person.
I was one of the LHS students who did not have Miss Haley for English, but at our 40th Class Reunion, she stopped to speak to me and we found out that she and my father Charles L. Helm had been in the same class at LHS. She has been one of the highlights at our Class Reunions and she will be missed at the 50th, in 2010.
Virginia "Ginger" Helm Caustic, (Class of 1960) Dandridge, TN
I will miss you next to me at the theatre
Goodby good friend. Thanks for the 'hand up' you gave my children through the years.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I hope God painted your room in heaven pink! You will be missed.
I didn't have you for a teacher, but you were a real pillar of Lakeland Senior High. You will be truly missed.
God has selected one of his most angelic angels to come home & rest. Ms. Haley was just that - one of God's best angels. She taught me (Class of '72) and my son (Class of '90) and had a profound impact on our continuous love for English. She made it a joy to learn. Heaven is rejoicing - an angel has come home to rest.
You have been an encouragment to me and presented me with the persistent curiosity needed to be a teacher.
Thank you Miss Haley . You were my favorite teacher of all time . Rest in peace .
I will always remember Ms. Haley - she was such a lovely lady! She truly loved every child she taught. I was privileged to be one of her ‘children’ during my senior year, and I learned so much from her - not just English, but about being a proper young lady (I will always remember her teaching our class the proper way to conduct ourselves at prom). Reading all of these posts has brought back many memories of her. She will be greatly missed!
I'm sure that Miss Haley's 'presence' will be prominent at our 50th year class reunion in October. These hundreds of tributes speak for her integrity, wit and charm.
Another such as this will not soon pass our way.
Ms. Haley you were an icon when I graduated in 1993. Though I never had the honor of being one of your students, you always had a smile for everyone you passed in the halls.
Polk County has lost a great educator and you will not be forgotten!
I have written thousands of reports, letters, music program notes, theses, etc... over these 30 years and I still don't ever use the words "very" or "seems," Miss Haley--you taught me so well. I will always love & admire what you did for so many.
Bon Voyage Miss Haley with love and respect
Blake Viele, Class of '77
You will be greatly missed. You were the greatest teacher I had in high school and I always looked forward to coming to your class first thing in the morning. God Bless.
It is so fitting that so many are choosing to write to you at this time...thank you for what you taught me personally and thank you for all you meant to LHS and Lakeland.
Miss Haley your love for teching yourg kids inflame yourg mines, submergeing it to break down wall. Your simple, insuperable, intent, all this time,a perfect plan for all to see.It will be a sad but joyful day, to see you go.
I never had the good fortune to have Miss Haley as a teacher, but I knew she was an awesome presence in the middle of teenage angst. What a remarkable woman she was!
I didn't even know you legancy when I entered LHS as a freshman almost 4 years ago...It wasnt long before I became fimilar with you daily question...Of How was school today....U asked me that question everyday walking to your car...you will be truly missed Physically but you sprit is still alive!
Truly and inspiration when I was at LHS.
Farewell Ms. Haley! You will never be forgotton, for there are so many lives that you have touched! To the sweetest woman a person could meet, we all love you!
Miss Haley will always have a place in my heart. She lived a full and beautiful life.
Miss Haley, may you enjoy heaven as much as you did Lakeland Sr. Thank you for all the wonderful years, that you gave to students such as myself.
Ms. Haley was one of the most influential teacher I've ever had. She helped me through some very hard times in High School, and put me on the right track to succeed. I feel very blessed to be able to call myself one of her "children." Ms. Haley, thank you!!
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
Hazel Haley was an inspiration to all of us to write and to read. I was editor of the Tam O'Shanter, school magazine, and she imspired us to write creatively and to read extensively. This has served me well throughout life. Blessings now to Hazel Haley.
What an honor it is, to be able to say I was one of her students. Rest in peace, Miss Haley, knowing we will always remember you.
I have thought of you often and know you were most of the reason I was able to even graduate with my class all those years ago. You taught me so much about not only English and writing, but about life. I appreciate your influence in my life. You have touched many and will be missed.
In 2003 I wrote Miss Haley a letter after seeing her interviewed on a national TV program. I told her how proud I was to be able to say that my two sons (Greg and Matt Tierney) were her students at LHS in 1987 and 1991. I went on to thank her for the positive role she played in their lives and for encouraging their interest in literature. Space does not permit me to reprint her entire reply but here is part of it from her handwritten letter.
"I have carried your precious letter in my purse since the day it arrived to keep it close to my heart. I wasn't comfotable pinning it on my dress for everyone to see. A letter such as yours, my dear, is a rare treasure and worth a dozen paychecks. You were most generous to honor me with a part in those boys' lives. Give them my love and tell them I remember them with joy."
Miss Haley will live forever in the hearts of everyone who's had the good fortune to have known her and to have learned from her.
God is excited to be getting his Angel back!
Miss Haley you were an inspiration to us all. The hundreds of us who have become teachers can only hope to continue the legacy you have left us. God Bless You and Rest in Peace.
Miss Haley was my best memory of my time at LHS. Even though I was never in her class, she was still my teacher and her life lessons are well remembered even today.
Miss Haley was truly a gift from God.
Miss Haley you were truly NULLI SECUNDUS...Second to none.
Katie (Daughtrey) Geohagan class of 1995
Miss Haley was Lakeland High and we were all her children. She will truly be missed by all that she ever came in contact with....Goodbye Miss Haley you will never know all the lives that you truly touched.
Miss Haley was the sponsor for the senior class play in 1966. Through her I received a true appreciation of the theater which I carry with me today. She touch so many on many different levels. God truly has a wonderful teacher by his side.
Because I only came to LHS before my junior year, I never had the privilege of having Ms. Haley as a teacher. However I remember fondly how well-respected she was just not just as a teacher but as a person and mentor. She commanded more respect and admiration than any of her peers. When I heard of her passing this morning I was sad. However after reading more about her I felt that if there is anyone that deserves to be honored and remebered in such high esteem it would be Ms. Haley. God Bless You, Ms. Haley. We will always remember you. Brad Gilmartin Class of 1991
God Bless you Miss Haley! You always knew how to make us laugh!You will be missed by many!
I will never forget the smile on Miss Haley's face as she was riding in the car as Grand Marshall of the Lakeland Christmas parade two years ago. I yelled out her name and she just smiled so big and waved. She deserved it !
Ms. Haley was an inspiration to so many students, and my husband, Joe, and I really enjoyed the time we shared with her in the classroom. She was definitely a character that we will remember throughout our lives with great fondness. Her motivation for her students was unmatched. I'm sure LHS and the students there miss her. Joe W. Chiles and Louise Gachet Chiles (classes of 1951 and 1953).
God Bless your soul Miss Haley. what a wonderful legacy you leave behind. Thank you for all the years of dedication to the students.Truely a beautiful soul!! You will be missed
Mrs. Haley was the best teacher I ever had. She helped make me who I am today. She will be missed greatly. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her,
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Miss Haley has touched the hearts of so many and has changed the lives of literally thousands. Not only did she love her job as a teacher, she loved the children that she taught. She once told my class that although she never had any children of her own, she considered us all her children. Well here's to your homecoming mom.
Last weekend I had the pleasure and great fortune to have seen Ms. Haley speak at our Delta Kappa Gamma district meeting. Since Saturday I have been talking about seeing her and retelling her stories. What a wonderful celebration of life she represents. I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity; her students certainly were blessed.
The legacy of excellence in education, the love of your students and belief in them will always be remembered in Lakeland and throughout Florida.
The legacy of excellence in education will always be well known and followed in Lakeland and in Florida.
I chose a career in teaching because of Miss Haley. Parents often comment on my patience with the little ones and my ability to reach each student and really know them. I tell them we all learn from the best! Thank you Miss Haley for your example!
You have touched the lives of so many people. You will be greatly missed!
If someone asked do you know Mrs. Haley, most people would say yes. She is the type teacher that you did not have to take her class to know who she was. I did not have the pleasure of being one her students, but from the things I have heard I admired her. She was a strong willed lady and to see her teach so long is amazing. She will be an insperation to all that knew her and her legacy will live on.
I recall very few of my classes at LHS except for Miss Haley's. She was and is still an inspiration. I remember her reminding us she expected each of to act like proper young men and ladies. No one dared to be disrespectful.
I hope that I am making a difference in my students lives as she did in so many of her "kids" lives.
Never had her for a teacher, but I met her once while selling Christmas Cactus for FFA and what an impression she made on me in those few seconds! She was very soft and kind. She will be missed.
Miss Haley was a lovely and dedicated lady. I am happy that I had an opportunity to know her. She was a former teacher of mine. I was saddened when I heard the news. She was an example to everyone that knew and knew of her. She will be missed greatly.
Miss Haley was the best English teacher I ever had. She taught me in 1998, English IV Honors at Lakeland Sr. High. I was amazed to be in a class that was located in the building that was named after her. She loved the Royal Family in England. I still have my report on Prince Charles and Princess Diana. She cared about her students and lived through our weekly journals that she assigned us to write and turn in. I was in her class when Lawton Chiles, a former student of hers passed away. She also taught one of my Uncles. She will be missed.
While I was not fortunuate enough to have had Miss Haley as one of my teachers, her superior excellence requested of her students remains in my heart. She was not only a teacher, but a mentor for so many. A very gracious & wonderful person to have blessed so many lives. She will be greatly missed & her legacy to so many students will live on for generations. God Bless Her!
LHS c/o 1987
I remember well Miss Haley reading MacBeth aloud to us while perched on her stool using her most evil witch's voice as she stirred the cauldron. She told us one day when we were saying "I can't wait til some upcoming event", that we should never wish our lives away because when it came time for us to go we would wish for all of those days back. A wonderful lady that taught for the heart!
I am indeed honored to have met such a fine teacher.
I was envious in 1969, and still am, of those LHS students who had Miss Haley for English. I wish that she had been my teacher and that I had been privileged to have had her inspiring instruction.
We will miss you. You was my english teacher in 1988 God Bless your family and you
I didn't have you as a teacher. Just wanted to say that Ms. Haley was a lady that left behind a legacy that has changed the lives of so many people forever. She was such a blessing to so many. She touched so many lives that will never be the same. God Bless You!
Class of 1987
Ms. Haley was one of a kind. She touched so many lives. The world is a better place because of her. She will be missed.
I am proud to say that Miss Haley was my all time favorite teacher. I still remember sitting in class and just listening to what ever she had to say. she always gave such great advice.
I am proud to say that I was one of "Her Children"and so was my sister Susan.
You will be missed!
Everyone on the LandMar and BridgeWater teams are saddened by the passing of Hazel Haley. She was gracious enough to allow one of the five signature lakes within BridgeWater to be named in her honor. Her story will certainly live on in our community and in the hearts of the many students that were lucky enough to have had her as a teacher. We are all fortunate to have been touched by her story and glad for the opportunity to have memorialized her personally with the dedication of Lake Hazel. It is a proud honor to have one of what will surely be many testaments to this great lady and educator live on at Bridge Water.
Miss Haley helped me get over my shyness. I will always have a special place in my heart for her. I graduated from LHS in 1950
What an inspirational life you have led. You gave us... your children... your all, as any good mother would. You helped us to dream, to do, and to just be who we were ment to be. You will be greatly missed. Your legacy may not be caried by blood, but it is carried by all of us who entered your classroom door.
Harrison Class of 2006
My Dear Miss Haley,
You can never know how profoundly you touched my life. Without your kindness I would have never met or then married my husband, nor would we have had our beautiful son. My life would have taken an entirely different path. I thank you for path taken and your direction toward that.
So many other things, the inspiration to write my book, to write at all. There were so many wonderful life lessons I learned from you as well as my grammer. You will be sorely missed at school, at church and by all who knew you.
As always, my love and respect,
Miss Haley offered some the best advice anyone could hope to hear. It was an absolute delight to be in her company. For me, that proved true as both a teenager and later as an adult. What a life worth celebrating.
Class of 1985
Miss Haley made learning fun. She was a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. I was privileged to have been one of her students. What she taught me stayed with me and has helped me throughout my career and my life. Thank you, Miss Haley.
I didn't know her but heard nothing but wonderful things. My brother Jake had her and loved her. She really did give her whole life to serve others! That I truly admire!
She was an institution . . .
Many hearts and minds have been touched by such a warm hearted person who shared her love for teaching.
I will miss the twinkle in Miss Haley's big blue eyes, her gift of wit and graciousness. Miss Haley spoke at a dear friend's baccalaurate service in the mid 80's and remembered the three points that she made, "First, know yourself, secondly, be in control, and thirdly, hang onto the spark of God inside you."
I was saddened to hear of Hazel Haley’s death. She was, above all, a sweet lady who expected people to do their best, and showed everyone how to do it by the example of her own life. She motivated me to give teaching a try. It wasn’t my most successful experience, but I came away from it with a deeper respect for Miss Haley, and others who devote their lives to the noble work of preparing the next generation for life.
I offer my condolences to Miss Haley’s many “children.” I feel your loss with you.
Rest in Peace you were a great teacher and will be missed dearly
Lakeland has lost a treasure. I don't know how many times I have proudly proclaimed that I was one of her children.
I will always remember returning to her classroom after the Space Shuttle Challenger had blown up. The T.V. was on and not a word was spoken the entire class period. I feel the same now as I did at that moment. It is a tremendous loss for our community.
She was a special teacher. God Bless Ms. Haley. LHS C/O '86
I wish you a great time on your new journey (Heaven)...you have seen the world as we know it and now you are on to bigger & brighter things (Pearly Gates, Streets of Gold). I would not be surprised if you call us all by name as we all arrive one by one! Please say “Hello” to my God, Dad & Granddaughter, and William Shakespeare too! I hope your last check bounced! I, among many will keep wonderful memories of you and the things you taught, whether it be the proper use of the English Language or how to act properly. I am positive God will look on you favorably.
What an amazing woman with such a wonderful sense of humor. LHS will never be the same.
Class of 2000
Ms. Haley , What a great lady , teacher, and I will always remember her tremendous sense of humor. She taught my mother, my brother , and myself. Happy trails Ms. Haley
We just thought you would be there for us forever.
Truly one of a kind, an inspiration for
story after story.
After graduation in 1952, I never had the opportunity to see you again. My great loss! Thank you so much for all you did for so many of us who had the pleasure of passing your way.
Gods's Gift to Our Children
Even though I attended Mulberry High, I visited LHS on several occasions (attending functions with friends, various ceremonies, ect), and during one of those times, I met Ms. Haley. I don't remember the date (sometime in the late 60's), or even the occasion I was there, but the meeting with her will remain with me forever. As she walked past me, she smiled and spoke, and I answered her. She stopped and touched my arm, and remarked that she didn't remember seeing my face around school. I told her that I didn't attend Lakeland--that I was from Mulberry. She told me how lovely I was, and we began talking---I don't know how long we stood there--it was like time stood still, but when we parted ways, I had such a good feeling---as if I had been in the presence of an angel. I told my Mother later about the meeting, and she said, "she was just doing her job", but Ms. Haley wasn't just doing her job---she truly CARED. I never saw her again that I can remember, but as the years passed, I would hear her name from time to time from my husband (a couple of his siblings had her as a teacher), or from a young person I knew, and I would smile, remembering. One day I saw her picture in the paper, and all the years fell away, back to the time Ms. Haley took time to talk to a lonely teenager. She has her wings and a halo now--a true angel that will be forever remembered and missed by those she touched so deeply.
I was one of Ms. Haley's "children" in 2001. She will be forever remembered by our community and the several generations she taught.
LHS c/o '87 -
Although I did not have the blessing of being one of her children, I did get to know this remarkable lady when she graced the premises of my workplace to obtain her annual travel arrangements back in the 1990s. She was a remarkable person, a true gem and I am sure that former Gov. Chiles is taking her on a grand tour of Heaven complete with afternoon tea! Thank you for crossing paths with me and so many others! Your legacy will endure forever. May God Bless You and Keep You by His side.
Until we meet again,
Michelle (Smith) Anderson c/o 1987
Unforgettable teacher! She would rap that 18" ruler on her desk, and loudly coach me "Enunciate! Enunciate! Enunciate!" She was my first teacher demanding excellence of me, and gave me an awareness of needing to get more forceful and positive.
There is an infinite list of kind and wonderful things that thousands of people can say about Miss Haley and yet in my opinion none of them can completely capture the sincerity of her spirit, the depths of her curiosity, or her undying love of literature and children. Miss Haley not only had a gift for teaching “her children” (as she called us all) but she was a gift to her children. I am a proud graduate of Lakeland High School from the Class of ’98 and she quickly became my favorite teacher. Without realizing it she reignited in me a great passion for reading and writing that my 6th grade teacher, Ms. Best, had first lit. For that I will always be grateful.
Probably my funniest memory of being in Miss Haley’s class was when my best friend and I were caught skipping a play one day during her class. She did not turn us in to the office that time but she did let us know that we had been caught. A couple of months later Michelle and I happened to be home with the stomach flu on the same day. When we returned to school we were both called to the office for skipping class. We both turned in our Dr.’s notes and together the three of us had a great laugh and shared a big hug. To this day though I always think of Miss Haley when I see a picture of Camilla Bowles; I can hear her now calling her “Camilla ‘horse face’ Bowles”!!!
Good-bye, Miss Haley. Your smile will be missed indefinitely.
She was an inspirational leader/teacher for hundreds of LHS students. Her legacy will be remembered.
Miss Haley was such a wonderful and caring educator-so much more than just a teacher. She had such a great lust for life that she tried to instill in each of us. She will be missed.
Kim Sklenicka Murawski c/o 1993
Hazel, Bill and I are so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you. And my children are luckier to have been taught by you. The LHS family will surely miss their matriarch. God speed.
What an amazing woman, educator and Lakeland icon. Miss Haley will always represent the best of the best! I'm blessed she was my senior English teacher in 1971-72 and one of her "children". Rest in Peace
Mrs. Haley was one of the best teacher that I know and she will be missed.
You were a great teacher and mentor.
Great lady. She was one of a kind who put up with my two brothers and me. Thanks
Imagine a world if everyone strove to impact young people as Miss Haley did. We should ALL try to do the same. (class of '84)
I was fortunate to have Miss Haley for two classes, Senior English and Speech. I was able to successfully complete freshman English at the University of Florida because of her teaching. I had a successful career in Engineering because she taught me how to speak to an audience. Gone, yes forgotten, NEVER.
Miss Haley you not only taught me at LHS but also my children. You are loved and will be missed...We always loved seeing you at the LHS games. RIP Class of 1977, 2000, 2002 Ami Britt, Andrew Britt, Suzzane Averett Britt.
Hazel Haley was an inspiration to all teachers, students, and everybody who knew her. I am a student and I believe she created a great basis for teachers.
I remember you telling me that you have watched over me since before I was born. You taught my mother, worked with her when she was expecting me, and then later taught me.
Like thousands before and after me, I was blessed to have known you as well as have you as my teacher. I carry your teachings with me where ever I go. You showed me that all things are possible if we dare to dream it.
Heaven must be all a flutter, now that the fire cracker has arrived on the scene. May you continue to shake things up in heaven for the rest of us.
You will be greatly missed! LHS class of 1983.
Thank you Miss Haley for giving me the opportunity to pass along to my children, the knowledge that you gave to me.
You not only taught me academics, but life lessons as well. Class of '92
She was the most amazing person I have ever met. She will be missed.
She was without a doubt, God's greatest gift to us all.
May you rest in peace and thank you for being such an inspiration for all of the thousands of lives you touched.
Class of 77
I loved being in Ms. Haley's class. It was so cute that her room was pink (her favorite color). I loved hearing what wisdom she had to say. I am so proud to be one of Hazel Haley's 'children'. She will be in the hearts of so many people and she will never be forgotten. We LOVE you Hazel Haley.
LHS c/o 2005
Im a Graduate from 1977, What a
great Teacher and Person. She will be missed
A truly great person and teacher
Dear Miss Haley,
Many thanks for the life lessons you taught us from the grammar error tracking "Boo Boo Sheets" to how to properly shake hands. You were a true treasure.
Miss Haley was my most memorable teacher.
James Walter Elbon, Jr. (LHS class of ’59)
I delivered her paper; mowed her yard and had her for English in my Senior year. I have many fond memories of her and admire all that she has done. I know she will be missed by many.
I did not know her but met her once and found her to be a true lady.
What a beautiful life!!!!!
Ms. Haley made a life-long impression on me as an African American student in '78 considering the racial climate of the time. She showed genuine concern by encouraging me to have self confidence and racial pride.
Though she was a little "narrow-minded" of my use of the English language, she shared a few pointers of the language, by which I have greatly benefitted.
I also hold same sentiments for one of her former peers in education, Mrs. Hirshfield.
For a few years I taught two doors down from Miss Haley. One time, needing her wisdom, I went to speak with her during her planning time.
I asked, "Miss Haley, I feel so lost sometimes; when will I find happiness?"
She looked at me intently and asked, "How old are you, my dear?"
When I replied, "Almost 30", she threw her head back and cackled. "A child, you're a child!" she exclaimed.
Then she leaned forward, looked me straight in the eye, and imparted the wisdom I so needed to hear, "My dear, I don't think you yet deserve to find your way."
I walked out of that room a changed person. I am only one of many who have been so blessed to have been influenced by this great woman.
Miss Haley, what a wondrous woman you were to our children!
Miss Haley left a legacy of far greater value and importance than all of the "stars" with whom the media are consumed or of the politicians who show less and less truthfulness in their pursuits.
I am truly proud to have been her student and now wish I had looked her up when in Lakeland to visit family, in addition to sending the occasional check to her scholarship fund at Florida Southern College.
Kudoes to Streamline Sale who continued to chauffer her to LHS football games.
Miss Haley, we all loved you and knew we were loved in return.
ps: To all of the signers ahead of me please go back and correct your misspelled words and punctuation. If there is an afterlife Miss Haley will not rest until this is done!
A beautiful lady has left our midst. I thank God for letting her stay with us for so long.
I WAS IN MISS HALEY'S CLASS IN MY SENIOR YR(73). SHE MADE ENGLISH SO ENJOYABLE. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, MISS HALEY
Out of all the high school and college courses I've taken over the years, Ms. Haley was the one teacher that I still feel made a difference in my life. I had the chance to tell her that for which I'm greatful.
I think you said it perfectly Meredith. I wasn't priviledged to be one of "Hazel's kids" either, but know that she influenced many of my friends. LHS is truly blessed for being able to call Ms. Haley its own and for all her years dedicated to her students. She'll be missed and may she always look down on LHS with her loving smile. Lisa (Wagoner) Monda, LHS c/o 87.
The paper said Miss Haley never married or had any children. I have to disaggree. After reading 16 pages of entries in her guest book, I would say that she was blessed with many, many children.
I know you will be missed here on earth but Heaven is rejoicing on your homecoming.
What a testament to living life to the fullest. A great teacher and a great child of God's who has touched many that she never knew through the inspiration of just keep on living.
Miss Haley, an inspiration too many. God Bless you.
KT c/o 76
My LHS education was incomplete since I did not have the privilege of being one of Miss Haley's children. However, I know how she touched and inspired my dearest friends - and therefore, she touched me as well.
What an amazing lady. Her influence is spread throughout the world (did you see the entry from Australia?). How lucky we Dreadnaughts are to have had Miss Haley.
Even those of us who were not one of her children know how special she was.
Some teachers you never forget...some you remember fondly...some come to mind often. Hazel Haley was all three. She meant so much to so many. She will be greatly missed, but, never forgotten.
Miss Haley is by far my most favorite teacher and encouraged me to become a teacher myself.
No matter how many years had passed, Miss Haley always referred to me as one of "her children" and always called me by my name.
The world will not be the same without her, but her legacy will continue-through us.
Beth Ward Pfleger
Class of 1986
The generations of students she not only taught, but loved, are a privaledged group. She continues to live on through us and we lift up our hearts with thanks that we were blessed to be one of her "chidrens". We love you H2 - enjoy your rewards in heaven!!!
On Sunday, April 6th, 2008, I was eating dinner with my family at the Yacht Club when I noticed one of my friends sitting at another table across the restaurant. I decided to show off my two-month-old niece to my friend and her family when I noticed Ms. Haley eating dinner with a few of her friends at the next table. Ms. Haley soon turned to me and said, "It's a beautiful day when you get to see a baby. Thank you for making my day perfect." As we left the restaurant she waved and said, "Goodnight darlin'."
On monday afternoon, when I heard that Ms. Haley passed away, I couldn't believe that just the day before I had this conversation with her. Ms. Haley will be greatly missed and her legacy will live on.
I am proud to be one of "Hazel's kids". Being on her yearbook staff and in her class really added value to my life.
Miss Hayley would be the first to tell us that we should move on and live our lives to the fullest extent. She had a great run and touched more people than anyone will ever know.
Thank You Mrs Haley for your dedication to your profession, you will be truly missed by thousands.
Although Jimmy Preston and I are LHS Class of '58, we add our names to Hazel Haley's guest book, in honor of an outstanding lady, to whom I credit my writing skills!
I did not attend LHS, I did read some of the articles about her in the ledger over the last few years! Her family will be in my prayers! I am sure she will be missed dearly!
What a wondeful, fulfilling life Ms. Haley led. I was blessed with the privilege of being one of her children and I know her lessons and legacy will live on in every life she touched.
Thanks for the memories....
Don Carr-Class of 1958
Gone but never forgotten. Miss Haley was an inspiration to many and she will live on forever in memory.
Thank you for your supreme dedication to both your students and education. c/o 2000
I didn't have to be a student in her class to know what light she brought to the classroom. She will be greatly missed.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
You were an awsome teacher, I learned many great things from you that I use today in my military career.
I remember several years ago coming home from work to find Hazel Haley talking to my wife. At the time, I was president of the Polk Education
Association. Ms. Haley greeted me and asked how my day was. I replied, "Oh, it was fine." Ms. Haley said, "I had a WONDERFUL day! I got to read to the children!" I marveled over this lady who taught for over 60 years who had more enthusiasm for her job than most beginning teachers! Ms. Haley personally lived up to the LHS motto: "Nulli Secundus!"
I will always be grateful for the writing skills I have today because of you, Miss Haley. I was blessed to be one of your "children". Thank you for touching my life.
What an awsome lady...she will be missed by as many as she touched.
Miss. Haley was the most sincere and knowledgeable person that I have ever meet. My class was one of the last classes she taught and I had never seen someone take as much pride as she did in her career. I always loved the talks we would have after class. May she RIP and her memory live forever!
Miss Haley was such a wonderful and caring person. Every student that ever set foot in her classroom would always be considered one of her "children". I have to say that I am honored to have been one of the many to wear that title. She was such an inspiration to me and many others and will be missed very much! Rest In Peace!
Miss Haley, I shall never, ever, see the word "assume" without thinking of you. Thank you for sharing your wit and wisdom with all of us.
I was so pleased when my son, Matt, told me he, also, was in your English class. I knew he was in good hands.
You are truly missed. :(
Class of 1960
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Miss Hazel, you were truly an amazing individual & will be greatly missed. I found it unbelievable that you always remembered the names of your students, even after so many years had gone by. Words can not convey the thanks we all owe you for your kindness, care & guidance. God bless you. LHS class of 1963.
Miss Haley is one of the few teachers that I can remember when I was in High School. She was so caring about all of her students. You couldn't help but learn. She will be missed. Heaven got a jewel for all time. Bob Hathcock: Class of 63
Rest in Peace Miss Haley. You are one very special lady and will always be remembered by all "your children" and friends. Heaven holds a special place for you!
Miss Haley was a remarkable woman and English Teacher. She will truly be missed. I feel blessed to have been one of your "children."
Class of 2002
To Miss. Haley, You have touched so many live here at LHS and outside of LHS. You are loved dearly and you are going to missed. Its going to be so odd on Friday night at our home football games when you dont come thru my gate and park in your spot. I never had you a teacher but when I saw you every morning for 6years standing outside B wing you always had a smile on your face so you put a smile on mine. Thank you for touching my life.
I am honored to have been a student. How fitting to see a guest book so filled with love and with so many lives. Miss Haley has left a legacy and a family in Lakeland that will be unmatched. I will always remember the funny voices she would make while reading Beowulf and the amazing energy that she put into teaching. If I am able to live a life with even half the enthusiasm and energy that Miss Haley had, I will have succeeded. I am proud that I can consider myself one of her "children."
c/o 2003 in the little pink room.
Ms Hazel Haley,
God only made one like you and you are now with Him. You taught me English Literature at Lakeland High. I looked forward to your class. You always made it so interesting.
Yvonne Johnson, 1959
One of the best and what a lagacy,Dont make em like that any more.1976
Ms. Haley will be greatly missed!
Well Done Good And Faithful Servant
"And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
- 2 Peter 1:11
What a surprise it was to see Hazel Haley in London during one of our visits there. Small world for sure.
You will never be forgotten and your memory will be for ever Now you can rest. God Bless.
About a month ago, at an advisory board meeting for the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Miss Haley closed the meeting with these words of reflection and affirmation, "My daddy was a railroad man, that's what brought our family to Lakeland, and I'm so glad that it did. It is a wonderful honor to be involved with a community of leaders, like each of you, who are concerned about improving the education of our young people." Her inspiring words will serve as a lasting legacy and a guiding light to those whose lives have been forever touched by Miss Haley.
When I learned of Miss Haley's passing yesterday, I was quite saddened. I will never forget the pink classroom, the manners she instilled in her students, and most importantly the writing skills she taught me. They were invaluable throughout my days at college and in my career. The world of education and the community at large has lost one of its greatest inspirational leaders. She embodied the Dreadnaught spirit and truly was 'Second to None.' Miss Haley you will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
LHS Class of '98
It is so sad to hear about Miss Haley. I was one of her students, having graduated in 1950 from LHS.
Miss Haley was truly a gift to everyone who knew her. Her love for her students and the teaching profession is un-matched and is an inspiration to us all. I am very sad to have lost Miss Haley, but I am also thankful for the education and the many life lessons she bestowed on me and the literally thousands of other students and teachers she has touched over the years.
Thank you Miss Haley, we love you and you will be missed!
I have never really been an opera fan but I will forever have a new fondness for opera as the last time I saw you was just last week at HMS Pinafore. I'm so glad I went that night and had the chance to run into you and chat one last time. Ever the gentile lady, ever the sharp mind.
Although I never had the pleasure of having you as a teacher as I went to a different school, you taught my mother and then later taught with my mother. I really have known you my entire life. What a gift from God you were to all your students at LHS and to all of us Lakelanders that have known and loved you.
Miss Haley, you are forever the quintessentail "Miss Lakeland". We shall miss you!
I never had you as a teacher, but I had the next best thing: one of your former students. :-) Thank you so much for the influence you had on Mrs. Langford. She in turn has greatly influenced me in many ways, and I know you're ultimately the one who is responsible for this. I also thank you for being such a good friend and neighbor to Grandma and her family. Please tell her and Grandpa HI for me! My dad is on the phone now with Aunt Lella to tell her of your death; I know she will miss you too. Lastly, I want to say that I'll never forget when you read my poem when I got 1st place in 12th grade at the county poetry contest. I didn't think you knew me, but when you started by taking a moment to say how special it was to present a poem written by the grandaughter of a close childhood friend, I knew it was I who had won. I now realize that between Grandma and Mrs. Langford you probably heard more about me than you ever wanted to know! :-) Thanks again for everything. You were amazing!
MHS c/o 2000 (even Mulberry students loved and adored Miss Haley!) :-)
I am so saddened with the news of the most wonderful teacher I ever had leaving us. I've felt blessed this past year running into her so many times at the Dixieland Post Office - she always recognized me and wanted to chat. I will forever have wonderful memories of this very remarkable woman!
Miss Haley, you will be very missed by all who knew you and some that will know only the lessons you taught their parents. Your influence wil go on for many generations. c/o'72
For fear of making a grammatical error, I will keep this short and sweet. The field of education, the city of Lakeland, the county of Polk, and the state of Florida have all lost a true professional and a loyal friend. Miss Haley, we will never forget you.
Class of 1959
Lakeland has lost a treasure.
I have lost a dear and faithful friend.
Godspeed Hazel until we meet again.
May God bless you and keep you safe...
Kind, Sweet, Brilliant, and full of wisdom, words can not describe you or the impact you have had on my life and those of thousands other students in Lakeland and all over the world today.
Thank you for being and Excellent English teacher that did not just teach English, but life skills.
Thank you for all the words of encouragement and support, as I continued my education at Florida Southern College.
Thank you for being a great mentor and colleague when I returned to teach at Lakeland High School.
I will miss the times we shared together, the days I would have the opportunity to have lunch and afternoon tea with you, Mr. Cleveland, and Ms. Bentley.
You will always be in our hearts because “educated people” DO NOT forget those who have immensely impacted our lives.
R.I.P. Ms. Haley
LHS class of 1998
She was a wonderful teacher and I was lucky to have been in her classroom. She will be greatly missed.
She will always be an inspiration to me. I am so sorry she is gone.
Ms. Haley exposed countless "children" to Shakespeare and her love of his work. I will forever be in her debt for enhancing my love of great literature.
Class of 1990
I'm a 1962 graduate. I wasn't one of Miss Haley's students but she was a friend of my family. She was definitely one of a kind & we will not see her like again.
Miss Haley- I am signing your guest book for 2 people myself and my brother, Mike Pollard he is in the war right now and not able too. However we both look up to you very much and you were always an inspiration. I really do not think that I have ever met a classier woman. Thank you for all that you have done for so many people for so many years that goes beyond teaching. Your way of giving advice or explaining to us how we were wrong as well as making sure we knew when we were right. You are truly an inspiration and are and always will be Nulli Secondus!!! May God Bless you and your family, for now it is your turn to rest. With Love, Michelle (Pollard) Mc Artor and Mike Pollard
Hazel Haley you will always be one of my wonderful memories of LHS, and the best English teacher ever. You taught me "good."
Class of 1950
My Dear Miss Haley, my most unforgetable person, who was a dear friend and we shared so many talks together and memories. I will miss you so much. But I know God has a special place for you.
I Love you so very much.
Betty Hollis Edgewater, Fl.
You once said, "The word 'unique' by its very definition can have no adjective, but nevertheless, you are 'the most unique.' " And the statement fits you. I am sure you will find the great hereafter a marvelous adventure, and it will be even brighter because of you.
LHS Class of 1951
YES, thou art gone! and never more
Thy sunny smile shall gladden me;
But I may pass the old church door,
And pace the floor that covers thee.
May stand upon the cold, damp stone,
And think that, frozen, lies below
The lightest heart that I have known,
The kindest I shall ever know.
Yet, though I cannot see thee more,
'Tis still a comfort to have seen;
And though thy transient life is o'er,
'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been;
To think a soul so near divine,
Within a form so angel fair,
United to a heart like thine,
Has gladdened once our humble sphere.
By Anne BronteThe Poetry Foundation
Although I was not one of Miss Haley's "children," I will always remember her as a fixture at Lakeland High School. She may not be physically there anymore, but I think her spirit and example will continue for another 69 years, if not forever.
LHS class of 2004
There will Never be another! She was "THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!". Miss H. truly changed this world for the better. My older brother and I are extremely fortunate to have had her as our teacher/mentor. Because of her, we are where we are today. She Loved us, Believed in us, and CHALLENGED us to be "Second To None". THANK YOU Miss H.!!! We Love you and will Never forget you.
Teacher, Friend, Neighbor. I was 4 when my family moved 3 houses from the Haleys. What a wonderful neighborhood. Later on, she taught my two brothers and I at LHS.
She had a wonderful memory. I had not seen her in over 30 years. Saw her in the parking lot at Reececliff (one of her favorite restaurants) and went over to speak. Before I could tell her who I was, she said "Hello, Donald, how are you?" Then she asked about my two brothers (by name.)
She will be sorely missed by us all, but Heaven has added a wonderful angel.
I am SO glad I got to be one of Ms. Haley's children! She touched SO many lives. She gave me a greater appreciation for old literature, especially Beowulf and Macbeth. And I learned a lot about life from her, as well. She was one of the few older people who really saw teenagers for who they were, not by the stereotypes. I loved how we could read whatever we wanted, and she'd always ask us how we liked the book when we'd go to her for our topic.
She was well loved by her "children" and will be missed. She lived life to its fullest. I am so greatful I got to spend a semester in the great pink classroom in B 106! It was a semester I will never forget!
Megan McDonald C/O 2005
I was a 1993 graduate. Ms. Haley was a very lovely and professional woman. She will be missed.
She was a great teacher. I will miss her, she never had anything bad to say about anyone and she was love by everybody
Hazel's ears must have been burning yesterday as I was chatting with my freshman son about reading MacBeth. We talked about how the teacher can really make it come to life. I was fortunate to have her as a teacher and friend. You will be missed, what an awesome legacy you leave behind in the halls of LHS.
Miss Haley was a remarkable woman, and I had the honor of being one of her students in 1987-88. Sitting with my back to her wall of books was the perfect vantage point for watching her teach. It is one of the fondest memories of my senior year. I think the thing that most impressed me of Miss Haley was her absolute love of the English language. This was a woman who lived to impart her wisdom to fresh, absorbent minds, ready to take in everything she could give them. Miss Haley will be greatly missed by many, but her legacy will carry on forever.
Miss Haley blessed each of her children in a inimitable way.
I can still remember laughing when my college English teacher expressed his surprise over my writing ability.
"Of course," I replied, "I had Miss Haley!"
I turned to her for inspiration as a determined twenty-year old teacher; I will continue to do so this August when I leave for Japan to teach English.
Miss Haley, I won't be able to tell you my story anymore, but I will be able to keep telling yours. I hope I can encourage my students in the same way you were always able to.
Thank you for your friendship and your continuing inspiration these 60 years! You will always be an important part of my memories of LHS! Thank you for the four years I was your student, and for the many years I learned from you since!
I loved Miss Haley. One of my favorite memories is being on yearbook staff. One day, we were gathered for ys, but we were all talking loudly and cutting up. Miss Haley came into the room, but we kept fooling around. She let out a scream (Yaaaaaahhhhh!!!!) at the top of her lungs that lasted for about 30 seconds. It was funny and horrifying at the same time. And you better believe that we all shut up and focused on our job after that.
Another strong memory is of a day when I was brokenhearted over a boy. I don't remember exactly what she said, but she was very tender and understanding, and it just helped me to have an adult (that I respected) understand and be empathetic, instead of dismissive.
You could tell she loved kids and loved teaching (not all teachers do). She was a great lady. I think of her as H3-Triple H. She was one of a kind.
To Miss Haley, Lakeland's brightest star to ever shine!
Ms. Haley helped me find my way and showed me that I could succeed in life. The world and all of us who crossed her path are better because she was here. I now teach language arts because of her and the path that she showed to me. She changed my life!
The field of education has lost a true treasure. She loved to teach her children and she showed it everyday to us. I'll never forget my senior class "93" and having Ms. Haley as a teacher!
God has given us all gifts. Miss Haley's was teaching. She used her gift to the utmost. God must be smiling. Peace to her soul.
On a regular basis, whether writing for my job or for my masters program, I recall the lessons that Miss Haley taught each of her "children" and each time I receive the praise for a well written piece I smile for all I learned thanks to her. Even my husband has enjoyed the stories and life lessons that the wonderful woman taught me. You will be missed, Miss Haley. C/O 1997
Here's hoping my English classroom will someday contain even a portion of the warmth and inspiration that filled room 106 at LHS! I feel honored and grateful to be able to call myself one of Miss Haley's children!
Class of 2004
Rest in Peace and Enjoy the SUNRISE each and every day ! May this be your most Memorable Trip ! Enjoy a well deserved Rest !
Oh Miss Haley, I remember when Terry Miller and I were doing scenes from Hamlet, how concerned she was about the duel scene, But she trusted us enough to try, however one of the foils broke and we had to scrap the scene. She inspired us, trusted us and cared for us, she live forever in our hearts. Thank you Miss Haley. 1967.
You were a true southern bell. I learned so much from you, there is no doubt that you were considered "grace and beauty"
Proud student of Miss Haley. A treasured friend of thousands who will be held in the highest regard, forever.
We'll miss you, Hazel.
Although I did not know you, I was totally energized by the newspaper article when you retired. I, too, am a teacher, and wonder if I would have the stamina that you had. I am sure you touched not only the students lives, but also the faculty. God Bless You.
Having Miss Haley as a teacher was one of the highlights of my senior year at LHS. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a true love for life and us, her children. She taught me that life is just a series of choices, and I have looked at the world and myself differently ever since. I truly hope I can live to be as happy and mature as she was. I love you, Miss. Hazel Haley!
What a wonderful woman you were. I am so glad to have been touched by your wit and knowledge and I am proud that I had the opportunity to be one of your "children." You were a wonderful educator, but more importantly, a wonderful woman. Thank you for all of the lives you touched in your reign at Lakeland High School. Your legacy has stuck with many and you will be remembered always.
Class of 2004
Ms. Haley, I worked with you for 18 years and for you for 8 and enjoyed it all. You were so dear to me and never ceased to let me know how much you appreciated me and cared for me. There will never be another like you and I will miss you for the rest of my life and will alway treasure our friendship.
I had Miss Haley for senior English in 1962. She always made class interesting. She also made sure all of us were involved even a shy person like me. She brought out the best in me. Class of 1963.
Miss H! I am sure that you are touring every part of Heaven by day and absorbing the greatest library the heavens can offer! My favorite Hazel Haley quotes "Will someone please tell me why I never get invited to the beach on Senior Skip day, I am a Senior every year, yet I continually am left behind!" and "Only bring what you can carry" Thank you for blessing us all with your presence!
No one who knew you, ever forgot you. You were truly an inspiration to me and I am so blessed to have been in your class. God Speed! Class of 1958
I know that today, Heaven will be filled with the southern charm and wisdom of this great lady. Although, I was not in her class, I had the great pleasure of being a colleague at LHS. She was a great inspiration to all. She will be missed beyond words.
To the BEST Teacher Ever ! I will never forget !
Thank You !
An incredible human being ... the single most important influence in my life ... second only to my mother (and that was close). I graduated from LHS in 1962, and it probably would have been 63 if "Triple H" had not taken the time to push my buttons just right. She cannot be replaced ... more's the pity. Thank God so many of us had the priviledge to know her.
Ms H, Mom what ever we called her she treated each and everyone of us with the respect and love. Mom I'll never forget that you taught me pride in myself. What is funny is those students that didn't have Ms H. saw her as the hard nose straight line teacher. Those of us that where lucky enough to be one of her children worshipped her.
You will be missed deeply. Unfortuntaly I didn't have you as a English teacher, but your class was next to my englishes teacher and every time i walked in you always smile and said hi. Going to miss you. Class of 1994
Miss Haley was the most gracious, sweetest lady I have ever met. Tough as nails when her "children" needed it, but I thank God for her. You will be missed.
Just want to say she was such an inspiration to my life in the school days of "88". My prayers be with everyone.She will be missed very much so.
Dear Students of Miss Haley,
I am sorry for your loss. God bless her and her family.
Miss Haley had a way of making all her students feel special and she will be greatly missed.
I am proud to say that Ms. Haley was a teacher that left a lasting impression on me. I loved her sense of humor and her old fashioned ways of teaching. Her lessons definitely prepared me for many English classes in college, as that was my major.
I don't think any other teacher has ever had so many "children" that she inspired. Hazel Haley is definitely a Lakeland Legacy.
Class of 1996
I was blessed to have Miss Haley seven years ago. Out of the many teachers I have had, she was the most memorable. Now a teacher myself, I find myself often thinking of her and how she has inspired so many lives. Miss Haley will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Miss Haley, you were an inspiration to so many people. You had such a marvelous impact on everyone's lives. I won't forget you making us watch the sunrise before class or saying good morning as we walked in each morning. You will always be among us.
You were an inspiration.
Hazel Haley was the best. All of us who were lucky enough to have had her teach us are very blessed and carry with us fond memories of laughter, learning and appreciation to a teacher who cared and held her profession out to be of greatest importance. Rest in Peace Ms. Haley and thank you.
I am so glad that God allowed me to have moved back here to Polk County before he called this wonderful "matured lady" home( thats how she referred to her age). I loved her as a teacher and a person. I plan to attend her homegoing celebration next week. Lord, thank you for the chance to meet such an amazing woman.
Amanda Craig-Smith, RN BSN c/o 2000
Nullis Secundus...second to none. Nothing else to be said. I have never been more touched by a teacher and her devotion to students. You taught us to believe in ourselves and to go forward and strike our own chord. I understand and enjoy Shakespere now thanks to you and still to this day keep a journal. I will always be grateful to have been able to be one of your "children" even if we were "twits" at times. You will be missed more than you will ever know. God bless you, there is a new angel in heaven today. Class of 1987
What an inspiration Ms. Haley was to hundreds, if not thousands of people through her teaching and traveling! I never met her, but her story touched me. May she rest in peace.
You were a great and inspiring English teacher. I have never forgotten my senior year in your class. That was many years ago. Rest in peace, Miss Haley.
I was privileged to have had Miss Haley for Senior English in 1956. To this day I quote her to friends when I hear them say "I really enjoyed myself" when leaving a function of any sort. She told us that if a person enjoyed themselves then they should have just stayed home. Instead they should have enjoyed the party, dinner, etc. My friends to whom I relate this story then can feel what a fantastic teacher and witty person she was. I feel so blessed to have passed through her classroom and students will miss her deeply. She found a place in my heart that will never go away.
I will always be proud to have been one of Ms. Hayley's many children!
The world has lost a truely loving, caring and great teacher. She always loved every student she had, especially the football players. She used to love to wear the jerseys. You will be missed Miss. Haley
With the loss of Ms. Haley, the world is not as bright and far less interesting today. She was Lakeland's matriarch, having left an indelible imprint on her more than 10,000 "children". I consider myself blessed to have been one of them.
I was sad to hear the news, I have great memories of Ms. Haley's class. Thank you for your many years of dedication educating generations of students.
Our Dear Teacher, Friend, and Supporter Hazel Haley is gone. To my family, Hazel was also our neighbor when we lived on Vistabula Street for many years. Her Mother was a dear friend of my Mother. Hazel's Dad was a railroader with the ACL/SCL as was my Dad and many of our neighbors in that area. My sister Mary Jo and I had to always toe the line since Hazel lived 3 houses down on one side of us and Miss Brown(Algebra) on the other. We loved her though. Miss Haley spent a prolonged career with her "Children" and when she retired from her love, she left us not too long afterwards. She will be missed by all of us where ever we may be. May She Rest in Peace! Class of 1950A
We shared my daughter and your inspiration upon her has made her the woman she is today. I thank you for that Hazel. It was also an honor to be your co-worker at LHS because you mentored me as well. You left as you lived - in style and grace. The world will miss you.
I never had her class because I never took an honors class. But I had a great friendship with the lady I saw in church. You were a marvelous person and we will miss you. God has blessed us with your time here on earth
Your dedication to teaching has influenced me and countless others.
god bless you and your family
Your contributions to students spanning decades is unmatched by any other. We all love and miss you.
Ms. Haley you were a great inspiration at LHS. You touched so many lives not just at the school but throughtout the city of Lakeland. You will be miss!
Miss haley i will greatly miss you. You taught me to love reading and to be passionate about learning. I am forever greatful that i was in your english class.
I am so happy that I had the privelage to be in your class. Thank you and God Bless.
Thanks to Ms. Haley, I was able to face college (university) with positive courage!
Rest In Peace Ms. Haley it was a pleasure to see you give a speech at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL and my family and I are very saddend by your death. Godbless.
Miss Haley is the essence of what a true educator should be. Her caringness, charisma, enthusiasm and love for teaching was unwavering. She truly helped thousands of students, or “children” as she would state, achieve so much in their personal and professional lives.
She will be truly missed, but never forgotten.
Dean of Curriculum
So long Miss Haley! May this next journey be better than all the rest. I feel blessed to have been one of your "children."
Class of 2003
Miss Haley, you were one of a kind! I am one of the lucky ones who had the benefit of being one of your children. This community has lost a great person who has influenced so many, you will be missed.
Thank you for your supreme dedication to both your students and education. c/o '95
I was among the many who worked under her guidance on the Highlander yearbook staff over the years. The job was for junior and senior years, so we had her as a teacher for two years. She called us her "children."
I last saw her in November 2005 when I went by LHS so that an Atlanta friend could meet her. It was the Friday before her birthday and her classroom was full of flowers and congratulatory cards.
She had lost none of her wit and fiery spirit in all those years.
To think that we considered her "old" 32 years ago just because she had once taught friends of our parents!
Thank you for still remembering your students and being interested in our lives and accomplishments long after we left your classroom.
Rest in Peace, Miss Haley -- we all love you and will miss you.
Lakeland High School Class of 1976
It is an honor to have been one of her "children" from the class of '92.
Miss Haley will be greatly missed by all that she has touched over the years. Thank God for teachers that dedicate their lives to the improvement of society through the education of others.
Honors English C/O '89
What an unbelievable story. How lovely to hear about a wonderful woman and her amazing work for this community. I did not know her, but my family and I are in the process of moving to your area, and it sure does give a newcomer hope to think that there are actually people in this area like her. May she rest in peace.
MISS HALEY, YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, YOU TOUCHED AND TURNED AROUND ALOT OF KIDS IN THE YEAR OF 2000. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
Hail, the Fair HAZEL, may she be honored
throughout this land, forevermore.
And she will be honored for her love of her children and remain beloved and remembered for as long as we believe and breathe.
Hazel, we hardly know you, but you are beloved and
With love eternal, Susan Upshaw Wannamaker
Ms. Haley was a fantastic teacher. I had the please of being in her class in the Spring of 2006, right before she retired. One morning, she took us all outside and told us to look at how beautiful the sunrise was. That's the kind of person she was. Happy with the little things.
She will be greatly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known her. I will forever consider myself one of her children.
Mrs Haley was an "institution". She will be both missed and remembered by her students of 67 years!!! She should serve as an inspiration to all present and future teachers.
You were one of a kind. I am grateful to have been one of your students. Class of 1987!
I had the great priviledge of teaching at LHS in the late 80's and early 90's. With that being almost 20 years ago, Ms. Haley was already a widely acclaimed english teacher on the LHS campus and around Polk County.
God Bless Ms. Haley! Heaven is a brighter place today!
i didnt know ms.haley,but 69 yrs on a job/career, and that career being 'education', say enough to me to know i missed out on knowing a bright, full of life, committed human being...she will be missed, God bless her family.
Ms. Haley, you nurtured my love of reading. Rest in peace.
We all love you Miss Haley - good luck on your next adventure.
Miss Hazel H. Haley, Miss H or “H to the Third Power” as we used to call her, was the consummate educator. She loved her students and pushed each and everyone to reach their full potential. Although it’s been thirty-years since our last Honors English class together, Miss H had a profound impact on my life and I have spoken of her – to both friends and family – on many occasions. She will be greatly missed by those of us whose lives she touched. God Bless You Miss H!
LHS Class of 1979
You will surely be missed !
Miss Haley was an inspiration and a blessing to all. Lakeland High School will not be the same.
You were such a great teacher and you will be missed very much!
Hazel, you are a rock star, dear. P.S. I am glad you forced Shakespeare on me.
The Lord has received a true Saint, thank you for your dedication and love that guided so many of us through the years. c/o 95
You've inspired so many students, so many times. The world is at a loss without your continuing wisdom and guidance that you so generously imparted to those around you. Rest well, Miss Haley; you deserve it.
A. A. Gaines
She will be missed by all. She is gone but never forgotten. Thank you for all you have given us we will never forget you!
Ms. Haley was an outstanding teacher! She was well respected not only at Lakeland High School, but throughout society as well. She will forever be missed!
God bless and keep a great lady.
Miss Haley, (Mother) you will be sadly missed. You have been a beacon to all students at Lakeland High School. I will never forget the first day of your class when you told us to call you mother. I will also never forget when I saw you while dining out and you rememberd my name and you made such a fuss over my new little girl. Thanks so much for pouring your heart out to all the students whom you have touched at LHS. We will never forget!
What a long and wonderful life! While all of us touched by Miss Haley mourn her passing we should be mindful of her greatest lesson: Live to the fullest.
The Lord has welcomed you into his arms. God Bless you always.
Goodbye and God Bless You, Miss Haley. I remember fondly your English class in 1952-53 and you as the faculty adviser for our Senior Class Play, Arsenic & Old Lace. I'm just sorry you didn't make it last weekend to the 55th Reunion of the Lakeland High School Class of 1953.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you Hazel for being a part of my life through my children and friends. Blessings and peace on your journey.
She was probably my favorite teacher in what was easily my least favorite subject. Somehow, I actually enjoyed English that year.
Lakeland Sr. High class of 1992.