Mr. Ford returned back to the NPSS kitchen today, after defeating his kidney cancer. During his absence, Mr. Ford was truly missed by everyone here at Nottawasaga Pines. Mr. Ford battled his cancer with a lot of bravery and determination. Even though he was suffering from kidney cancer he still kept his passion for NPSS. He demonstrated this by, participating in Relay For Life in June earlier this year.
Mr. Ford has always been quite a special teacher here at NPSS, because of his passion for the students, and what he teaches him. When speaking to Mr. Ford this morning shortly after one of his classes, he said “I truly do feel as if every student in this school is one of my kids”. This shows, that he truly does care for every student in this school, even outside of his classroom. When asked what he missed the most about teaching at NPSS he answered with “ The thing I missed the most was the student body, and the teaching team that is here at the school. It’s really a special family, and I feel honoured to be apart of it”. That response really showcases where Mr. Ford’s passion truly lies.
It is also amazing to see how happy he is to be starting to get back in the swing of things, here at NPSS. Mr. Ford may have left for a year, but he certainly didn’t leave anyone’s mind. The staff and students at NPSS were very excited for his arrival, even leading up to today. There was a banner made, welcoming Mr. Ford back to our school in which numerous staff and students signed their name. It is truly heartwarming to see the amount of people who welcomed, this great teacher back. “ It is humbling and I am very honoured” Mr Ford explained after seeing and feeling the amount of support that was, shown today. Mr. Ford’s classroom was also decorated with, messages and art from his students.
Saying Mr. Ford was not forgotten would be an understatement. It was clear from talking to his students that he has certainly made an effect on their lives. These are some of the many positive things that were said about Mr. Ford. “ He does inspire me because he beat cancer, and came back to do what he loves to do” This was said by Jess one of his students. Alaira even said these kinds words about him “ He can help you when you really need it” this truly does represent what Mr Ford is all about.
We will end this story with these optimistic words from Mr. Ford “ I am so happy to be apart of the team again”. This really does sum up perfectly how both the staff and students, truly feel as well.
Welcome back Mr. Ford!