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This Site Was Last Updated on Sunday, 21 May 2006

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Remember Sharon Gritter?


    Sharon in 1975

Sharon today


When did you attend Priory?




Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

I'd have to say my first teacher Mrs. Bertram and my last one Mrs. Gregory.   I think they both had a strong impact on shaping the person I have become. 

Mrs. Bertram made going to school an exciting place to be and made learning interesting and fun.  Here's a memory I have...There was a bird cage in the back corner of the class and I had never seen birds up close like that before and couldn't stop turning around to look at them.. Mrs. Bertram asked me to pay attention and told me that if I couldn't pay attention perhaps I should go to the back of the class to stand in the corner.  So I got up and went to the back of the class and stood in the corner facing the birdcage.  Now looking back I am guessing that she had not intended for me to do that at all.  She did ask what I was doing and I told her that she had said if I couldn't pay attention I was to go back there and stand in the corner.  What I do remember is that she let me stay there till my curiousity was satisfied before returning to my seat.

Mrs. Jean Bertram

Mrs. Gregory, hmmm what can I say about her.  There were many scholastic things that she taught all of us which of course were helpful but for me I think the biggest thing is that she showed me that being in control of a situation can be done with a word, a look or a gesture.  Despite her small frame she was able to enter a room and her presence could fill it.  Whether it was with a room full of students, with parents or other teachers she was able to be in charge of the situation without raising her voice or without being physically bigger or stronger than the person(s) she was speaking with.  I absolutely use that in my life.  When I used to work with brain injured clients and even now with regular clients that sometimes get worked up or upset I tap into that.  You need to present yourself in a way that makes them see you in control of the situation (despite their size or strength), so that with a word, a look or a gesture you can calm the situation and redirect it.


                                                                                                                                       Mrs. Marie Gregory


Who were your best friends at school?

Because I was there for many years there were many different ones over the years (many of the students only stayed a few years before moving    on).  There are many that I think back on fondly and I hesitate to list just a few from my last years there.



Who are you in touch with now?  

A few weeks ago I would have to have said no one (I had lost track of old friends from Priory).  Since posting my email address on the site a few of you have found me and I am hoping some more of you will.


 Who would you like to trace if we could?

Debbie Rickards (Again), "Dingo" (Thomas Desulme), Charlie Tomlinson, Angela Carter, Sheree Kahleel, George Eton, William Muschette...there are more,(a few have found me).


                                                                    Sheree Khaleel                 George Muschett               Debbie Rickards

What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Oh ya, like I am going to put that down in writing.  People who remember me from back then would probably say I never really got in trouble...the reason for that is that I didn't talk about the mischief I got into.



Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

I was at Priory a long time and knew many many crazy (in a good way) people. I wouldn't dream of choosing only one.



Where do you live and what do you do now?

I live in Barrie, Ontario (In Canada) and am a therapist.  I do stress management counselling, individual, couples and family counselling and trauma counselling (go in after there has been a bank robbery, workplace accident etc..).  Oh, I do some corporate wellness seminars too.  It sounds like quite a mix and it is (I actually love the variety).


Tell us about any significant others

Currently single.  I have a niece and a nephew that I dote on and adore but no children of my own.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

None to report.


What do you think of the Priory site?

I am a bit of a technophobe (one of the computer challenge individuals of this world) and although I haven't seen all of the site yet, I have enjoyed the parts I have seen.  I will admit that I have gotten lost on the site and couldn't find things but I think that is due more to the level of my computer skills than the set up of the site.



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