Trying to Thank

Renee Mathis is completing her second year as a CiRCE Institute apprentice and is one year away from achieving the status of a CiRCE certified master teacher of classical Rhetoric.

For two years she has been teaching The Lost Tools of Writing, but that doesn’t begin to describe her work for and on Level II. Before joining the apprenticeship, Renee had become a veteran teacher and she had been doing a very good job of it. So when she started contributing to The Lost Tools of Writing project, I knew we’d all derive benefits. I couldn’t foresee the extent of those benefits.

First one thing, Renee was always willing to do more. I can’t figure out how she was able to do all she did, especially given how much of it was last minute or close to it. Her work on the narrative worksheets and module guides over the past month is why we were able to finish it.

It was also the difference between level II being excellent and just really good. When you complete level I and continue to level II, you will make gains in your understanding of writing that you need never lose – because Renee worked so hard to understand, to read, to prepare, to write, and to edit worksheets and module guides.

Saying thank you can be hard because I’ve never been able to come up with a way to express the appreciation, indebtedness, and gratitude that thankfulness implies. It strains the verbal resources.Sometimes simplicity is best. Renee, will this do?

Thank you.