Around Annandale - Rhiannon Bramburger and Hailey McIntee
Annandale School in Tillsonburg is sad to say goodbye to one of its favorite teachers, Henry Van Asseldonk.
Over the 15 years he has worked here, he has had a huge impact on the hearts of the staff and students of Annandale. When asked to describe Mr. V, the most common responses were: clever, intelligent, supportive and has a great sense of humor.
Some of the impact he has had on our school has been by coaching students and making our school’s sports teams into better people with a good sense of sportsmanship and leadership. He has also connected to our staff and students by teaching some of his fellow co-workers and some of the parents of the students today. Not only has he made an impact at our school but he has affected the lives of past students of Maple Lane, Woodstock Collegiate Institute and Woodstock St. Mary’s in the 29 years he has been a teacher.
When asked who inspired Mr. V to become a teacher he answered, “An old coach of mine got me to coach a volleyball team and it was kind of fun. Teaching offered that kind of fun. When I was young I always did a lot manual labor my dad said, ‘If you study hard you then don’t have to hold the shovel all of your life’ I got away from the shovel.”
After retiring, Mr. V plans on trying to learn to play an instrument such as the piano, guitar, drums or tambourine. He also plans to travel the world, play more golf, exercise more, and eat healthier.
Mr.V’s favourite memory of teaching every day, was teaching the children of passed students from Grades 7-12. Every year, his experience with different classes varied from good to not as good but still he always made the best of it. He also liked to see the light in the children’s eyes when they finally understood how to do a math question.
So from all of the people at Annandale, thank you for being the amazing teacher that you have been for so many years. We hope you achieve all of your goals and enjoy your retirement.