Sunday, April 20, 2014

If not for Franki!

What an honor to write about YOU Franki!

Oh, how exciting you make our lives!  Your high speed energy, your ability to get momentum going for almost anything, and your quick thinking enrich my life!

If not for you Franki, I would never have had the beginning I did in Dublin.  A district filled with young energized, innovative teachers - where you took a lead and encouraged so many of us.

If not for you Franki, I would not have had all these of years of learning and growing at the Dublin Literacy Conference.  What a gift you have given to all of us.  From being on the committee with you many, many years ago, to simply attending, the conference never disappoints.  

If not for you Franki and Mary Lee I would never have tried a blog.

If not for you Franki, inviting me to a tech gathering, I would never have tried Twitter and connected with so many incredible teachers.

If not for Franki, I may have never stayed connected to so many of our dear friends.  You have a beautiful and gifted way of bringing people together and helping us to stay connected.

If not for you, I wouldn't have tried running (Go Team Pumpkin!) or remembered the joy of yoga.

There is so much more that I love about you.  Franki, I love that we have discovered that little village in Italy that holds roots for both of us!  Love your family and have enjoyed every minute of us talking about our girls as they have grown over the years.  A conversation with you stays with me and inspires me. Simply thank you for all you do and for all you are to so many. Much love to you Frances!  (Or is it Francis?)


  1. Wow! You are connected all the way to Italy? COOL!!

  2. I love how you mentioned high speed! I remember working at Chapman and Brian referring to Franki Speed....her thinking and on top of it energy make us all better. You did too Josie...miss you!

  3. All of this is so true, Josie. Love the powerful impact she has had on so many of us!

  4. This post makes me SMILE. How grateful I feel for all of you and for Franki bringing me to your lives.

  5. Love your post, Josie. What a good capture of Franki.

  6. Thanks, Josie! It's been fun doing this whole teaching thing together from almost the beginning of our careers! Lucky me!

  7. Loved this fun post! (And loved seeing your blog pop up in my feed again.)


  8. Josie,
    As I am reading through all the blogs I keep seeing the thread of Franki energy and Franki speed! Love it! Happy Birthday Franki!