Myrtle “Mom” McLaughlin
Most educators decide to be involved in this field because they truly want to make a difference for the future. Unfortunately most find this to be much harder than what they see on movies (in fact most teachers quit within the first 5 years). There are, however, a few who really make a significant impact on generations of students, and these educators become an inspiration to the rest of us. I had the pleasure of being a student while one such amazing person was an educator. Myrtle “Mom” McLaughlin was a security guard at my high school (along with Mike Tomco who was also amazing) and she was able to create this kind of impact on Dimond High School over the years. She was so loved by the students at Dimond that she was affectionately called mom by nearly every student who went to school there. During her career she had a number of projects that she kept completely to herself that helped the less fortunate students at our school. Not only would she personally pay for student lunches if a student couldn’t afford it but she created a system of getting prom dresses for young girls who didn’t have the money to afford them. When she finally retired she had a retirement party thrown for her where hundreds of students and from her decades of service came back to thank her for all she did (something quite similar to the end of Mr. Hollands Opus). I truly don’t feel capable of explaining the level of impact she had on our school so I post the article from the local newspaper on here and open up the site to comments from the outside.