Love from the Kings

Noel Tillson
Staff Writer

Susan Stone, a Kayhi graduate, has been teaching here for 23 years. (Her mom used to be a counselor at Kayhi) She is a kind soul and a friendly face around Kayhi, known for teaching government and history but also life. 

“She has the students best interest at heart… starting late in life as a teacher she was able to experience life and what the world expected of you guys,” said Mrs. Loreli Richards.

Anyone who knows her knows she’s one of the friendliest, most kind teachers. While Stone is full of wisdom and strength, she has her own battles. 

School counselor Kelli Carlin-Auger said Stone is strong and cares about her students even when things are difficult for her. 

“She has this legacy here at Kayhi that’s unique and special. She puts so much into teaching she cares about her kids and here she is battling and this is exactly where she wants to be.”

You wouldn’t find many teachers as dedicated as she is. She’s a genuine teacher everyone knows she’s not in it for the paycheck. Creating a simple question of what she means to Kayhi has endless answers. She’s so important to Kayhi and all the lives shes touched.

She is someone most aspire to be. Her kind heart and kind soul. 

“As a person she loves, loves her family and they’re a paramount in her life. Only thing higher than that is god, she’s a pretty religious woman,” said Richards

Dedicated. Most would say, never letting her class go without a sub and coming in to teach if she didn’t think there were substitute teachers available. Always knowing the right thing to say in times of need, Stone has lived up to the legacy. 

When asked the first words that come to mind, Rebecca Bowlen didn’t hesitate.

“Kind, fair, generous, loving.”

As a Kayhi legacy, Stone has more than fulfilled the role. Students at Kayhi sometimes won’t realize the knowledge she has been giving them all these years until they have graduated and grown a little bit more. 

Kayhi teachers and students alike have been touched by Stones’ legacy:

“She’s the heart of Kayhi, much like a mom is the heart to her kids. Many don’t realize all that is done for them until they’ve grown up a bit and get that “oh wow” moment.”
– English teacher Rebecca Bowlen

“She’s always there to give you some knowledge whether it be in school work or in life lessons she seems to know what to say in many different situations.”
– Office Manager Loreli Richards

“I’m humbled by her. She is what I would like to attain somehow if I had better character, and more strength and more self control. Because she is all of those things that I sometimes lack. I think of her often in that capacity that she is able to always be her best person… I see her as able to muster the energy of full effort everyday and a desire to make the world a better place through her teaching. I see her leading a godly life in that capacity. My mom has this saying, “Nobody gets through life unscathed” I think of her often when hearing that saying.” – Science teacher D Jay O’Brien

“She’s amazing who I think is grossly misunderstood. She wants the best for all of you kids. She’s trying to educate you so you are ready to face the world. As a mom, as a community member she’s someone everyone would look at and think “that’s who I need to be”. She’s a really amazing lady. She’s all of our moms but also our closest friend. She’s there to help anyway she can. She would give anyone the shirt off her back if she was asked to. Without question… she’s seen a lot of kids come through here some that would not have graduated without her guiding them through it. This is a place to let kids mess up and stumble, we’re meant to guide you guys to be ready for life. When you guys leave here the world will eat you up if you aren’t prepared. She is misunderstood by these students until they leave and learn what she’s doing is for them. She loves to see them grow.” – Math teacher Terri Whyte 

“She’s amazing.” – Registrar Kelli Carlin-Auger

“She’s had a huge impact on everyone here at Kayhi and people who were here, and just so inspirational. She’s a legacy here.”  – Senior Leah Call

“She truly likes being here with us.”  -Senior Nadire Zhuta


2 thoughts on “Love from the Kings”

  1. Sue was my mentor teacher when I was student teaching. She regularly took time out of her day to not just teach me how to teach, but how to be a teacher. Even now years later, she is generous with her time and resources always helping, and never expecting anything back. She is a wonderful example and a real friend.

  2. Since I read this earlier in the week, I have been thinking about how to respond. Words seem so inadequate, and finding the right words to express my gratitude are difficult. Noel, your beautiful words and article that inspired others to share mean more than I can ever say. I shared it with my family, and they were very touched. My students and my fellow staff have lifted me, prayed for me, and supported me beyond measure, and I am grateful and humbled. You have encouraged me through a challenging time, and you have energized me to face what I must do. I love teaching, and spending my days with all of you give me purpose and keep me going. My heart is full.
    Mrs. Stone

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