Sandra Tobe was my high school graphic design teacher that I met my junior year when my family moved to Florida. She took me under her wing and never let go. It is because of the path she super-glued me to, that I was able to continue on to where I am today. It is dually, with great pride and a heavy heart that I begin this blog with a dedication to one of my biggest early cheerleaders, as I have just learned that she has passed away. This photo was taken last year when she and her husband, artist Larry Tobe drove down here from Tallahassee to celebrate with us at a joyous family event. She was quite ill then and it was with great effort that they made the trip. I knew it might be the last time I would see her and will be forever grateful they were here.
As a teacher, she was like Miss Frizzle. Off the wall, constantly talking to a multitude of students at once. She was the master of what we now call multi-tasking. It was a trip to be in her room. Always exciting and intensely inspiring. I think I will be telling more Mrs. Tobe stories throughout my blog. Stay tuned. That is how she will stay with me.
Mrs. Tobe, thank you for taking the quiet, new girl
in town, recognizing the creativity inside of her and turning her into a confident, directed designer and artist. I hope I can be you, to some aspiring young artist someday. You are in my head with every
class I teach.