My name is Anita Jo Marchesi Slanina and I live in Galveston, Texas. I attended O’Connell Junior High and O’Connell Senior High School. I am a product of the most amazing teachers. These teachers touched my life in ways they could never imagine. The most important lesson that was imparted on me was to believe in myself because they always did. They never accepted “I can’t” it just was not a part of their vocabulary and they were able to help me delete it from mine. Brother Ray was a quiet easy going person who without any fanfare devoted his whole life to us, his students and asked nothing in return. Miss Rose Marie Janca who taught math and evn thought I was a struggling math student she always found the one concept that I was good at and she attached my self esteem to that concept and eventually I would get it! Sr. Rose Marie Moran was my English teacher and she was able to bring Literature and prose to life, we had wonderful discussions that were mind boggling and yet challenging. What I remember most is her ability to listen, really listen to what we were saying, or