In 9th grade (1990), I had a great Math teacher named Mrs. Kippen. She is one of those teachers that sticks out because she was kind and very helpful. Some teaches and in my experience, Math teaches, could be impatient when someone (me) didn't understand a Math problem. I have had my share of bad Math teachers. However she was different..in fact she is the reason why I understand Math at all I think. She really took time to explain it to me and when I didn't get it, she would say "Well, think of it this way...". She is the solo reason why I understand the pythagorean theorem.
There was this girl in my 9th grade class, who was pregnant and Mrs. Kippen helped her by talking to her and if I remember correctly, got her to talk to the school therapist, so she could tell her mother.
Mrs. Kippen was truly one of these best teachers I had. You know the good ones, because they are the ones who you remember and the ones who never knew how much they affected your life.
Mrs Kippen committed suicide recently. My thoughts are with her family.
Taken from the Times Union:
Albany teacher remembered as 'a very special person'
By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer
Last updated: 3:24 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2010
ALBANY-- Students, teachers and staff are mourning the sudden death of longtime Albany High School math teacher Dierdre Kippen, who apparently jumped off a highway bridge into the Hudson River and died Monday.
Family members confirmed today that the body of a 48-year-old woman pulled by authorities from the water beneath the bridge that carries the Thruway's Berkshire Spur over the river was Kippen's.
She lived in Troy, was married and the mother of two children, one in high school and the other college-aged.
"We didn't have any idea at all. She showed no outward signs," said Paul Sherman, a brother-in-law, who last saw Kippen at a large family Christmas celebration.
Today, grief counselors and additional staff were at the school, where students are taking Regents exams.
Kippen was called "an excellent teacher who cared deeply about her students" by interim superintendent Raymond Colucciello. "She was always willing to give extra time and effort to help them be successful," he said.
Colucciello and principal David McCalla informed staff of Kippen's death at the start of school today.
Kippen started with the district in 1984. "She will be sorely missed by the Albany school district family," Colucciello said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time."
"She was loved by all she touched," Sherman said. "She was a very special person and we're having a hard time."