really young and receiving an allowance for the first time. It was a dollar a week. The deal was that I would only receive this allowance if I agreed to put half of it in savings and give a quarter of it to the church. The other quarter was mine to do with as I pleased. She taught us to dress up when we were going to socialize with people – not to impress, but to show respect for the people we were seeing. She made sure we knew how to treat a lady – open doors, walk beside or one step behind, order last and so forth. She knew that displaying respect would gain you respect. My mom taught us to take advantage of each day and never waste time – do something productive. If we couldn’t find something to do, then she found it for us. She would send us over to the neighbor’s house to help with yard work or she would take us to her school over the summer to help out in the main office. Each day was to be lived to the fullest and to serve a purpose. The core values I live by today were all taught to
me by my mom. I am truly blessed to have Patsy Yuran as my mother and grateful to still have her in my life today. WGW: Can you share a heartwarming story you’ve encountered in your career? PY: I was Headmaster at a private, independent school and we had this one young man who wanted to transfer in as second semester freshman. The admissions committee reviewed his application and declined his admission due largely to low grades and a discipline report longer than my resume. I was the one who informed him that we were not a good fit. This kid burst into tears begging me to let him in to the school proclaiming that he would never have a chance at a better life if he did not get in. That was a tough day, but I held tight on the committee’s decision. This young man reached out to me every day for the next month. Finally, I took another meeting with him. His father was on disability, his mother worked
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