I think it’s fair to say that my happiest, proudest moment as a teacher came today when two students of ours who graduated this May got engaged. Rob Granko proposed to Lacey Bersano today in the Computer Science wing at Lewis. It was, by far, the coolest thing I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of at Lewis. To see that level of unmitigated happiness is the kind of memory you just don’t forget.
It’s an especially memorable moment for me because I had both of them in the Database Systems class I taught last Fall. Lacey started off sitting near where I set up my computer at the front left corner of the classroom. It didn’t take long for her to move to the corner of the room where Rob sat. I even gave them dirty looks and a rough talking-to one day when they were breaking my concentration as I stumbled over presenting an example on B+ trees. In truth, I was just poorly prepared to teach B+ trees that day, but I like to blame their chatter as the reason why I kept messing up. I also like to take some small credit for helping create the environment where they figured out they wanted to be with each other for the rest of their lives.
I probably shouldn’t write this, but what the heck. What they learned was far more important than what I was teaching that day, or any day for that matter. I couldn’t be happier for them. And I’m so grateful they decided to make this memory today where it began for them last October.
Congratulations to Rob and Lacey!