Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message. Across the state and country, kids and parents are getting back to the school routines, and before we know it the summer temps will be cooling and summer will be officially over. The first days of a new school year are buzzing with excited kids, fresh attitudes and teachers prepared to go above and beyond. As we watch our children learn and grow, we can be reminded that it’s never too late to learn something new. What do you want to learn today? Let’s make it a great week!


Pauline Jambard Became My Family

I was nine when I arrived at the Children’s Home in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1965. I failed third grade that year, barely made it through a second time, and had squeaked through fourth grade by the time I reached Pauline Jambard’s fifth-grade class at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School.

I was convinced I wasn’t “smart” like the other kids, and I hoped I could make it through fifth grade. Ms. Jambard took an instant liking to me. Of all the subjects in school, reading was my favorite. She would tell me, “Terry, you keep reading. If you can understand what you’re reading, you’ll be smarter than most kids.” After I read all the books in our program, I started reading the classroom’s set of Encyclopedia Britannica. I couldn’t find enough to read, and I started to really like school.

That December, the children’s home threw a Christmas party for family and community members. My brother and I had no family to invite. I still remember looking up and seeing Ms. Jambard walk through the front doors of the children’s home and realizing she was there to see me. That was the best Christmas of my life.

After I graduated from Ms. Jambard’s class in 1969, my brother and I moved, and I lost all touch with my teacher. In 1983, I was on a business trip and had to drive through Nashua. I took a chance and dropped by Charlotte Avenue Elementary. I was walking toward her classroom when she came out in the hallway and said, “Terry!” It was as if I had never left. I was in seventh heaven on my flight home.

We have stayed in touch, and I call Pauline at least once a year. Because of the confidence she instilled in me, I went on to have a successful career in engineering and law enforcement. I don’t know if Pauline realizes how much she helped me, but I’ll never forget her kindness and faith in me. Terry Fallon, Bellemont, Arizona



“You’re off to great place, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr Seuss

“Sometimes we’re all to quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count.” – Unknown

“Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different…just try hard to be you.” – Zendaya

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals