Resident defends former teacher

To the Editor,

This is me setting a record straight and feel free to pass it along.

First off I am sorry it took me so long to pass this message along, I had no Idea that someone had smeared the name of one of the greatest teachers I have ever known. So lets set the record straight.

The man has issues, who doesn’t? Glass houses people. Let’s remember all of the good things he did though, recently Kelsey Hayward was presented with a lifetime achievement award for dedicating over 40 years of his life to Hancock County’s children, and bringing an art form to that community that has helped so many students.

I can’t speak for everyone, but recently we threw a party in his honor, and so many people that were there said the same thing, “Kelsey made a difference in my life, Kelsey helped me through some hard stuff, Kelsey was like the dad I never had, Kelsey is an amazing man and it is an honor to know him.”

When I speak from my personal side of things I can say this, while my family was falling apart he was there for me. He helped me grow, and learn, and made sure I was focused and dedicated. He gave me my first role which brought about my love for Theatre, and four years after graduation we still are close, he is still a second dad to me and I will proudly say he is my teacher.

I hope retirement brings him the happiness he deserves, and I can’t wait to work on a few shows with him again, soon.

To the article writer, I hope no one ever gets a chance to publicize your faults.

Richard Oliver