It was with great sadness that I saw the passing of Cheryl Sprandel in last week’s obituary section. Ms. Sprandel, of course, was a long-time teacher with Princeton Public Schools.
I had the great privilege to have her as a middle school teacher in the early 1970s. I still remember her classroom, warm wood floors, and a bank of windows that looked out over the old Princeton Creamery. It was a magic place, because Ms. Sprandel taught me the joy of learning.
I remember an old PHS classmate, Tom Braun, and I were determined to get the best grade in Ms. Sprandel’s class one spring. We both told her our goal. She was just as determined to make it difficult for us … and every assignment … she graded us with more skepticism and diligence than I suspect all the other 8th graders in our class.
In the end, the other Tom got the better grade (I think he bested me by two or three percentage points) but it was me who became sold on the love of learning.
Because of that she was always a favorite teacher of mine. My only regret is that I share this after her passing away.
I just wanted you to know, Ms. Sprandel, that you were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
Dr. Tom Hoffman,
PHS Class 1977