Teds Words of Wisdom often were constructed on topics from the days’ headlines yet with a relate to a historical person or act. They were structured appropriately for his teenage audience with messages that were, well, words of wisdom! His voice was wonderful to hear.
Michael Anuszkiewicz, Administrator at CCMS
When I was a student at Churchville-Chili Middle School, one of the memories that has stuck with me through the years was listening to Mr. Nixon’s “Words of Wisdom.” I had developed depression around that time, but his words gave me hope and helped me keep going. He explained topics that most adults would find hard to explain to children–loss or change, for example–and explained it in ways that made it easy for us as children. I always thought of Mr. Nixon as Churchville-Chili’s own Mr. Rogers. His “Words of Wisdom” segments will continue to be an important part of my memories of school life.
Kendall Westbrook, 2006 Graduate of Churchville-Chili Senior High
Even after a decade, Ted Nixon’s “Words of Wisdom” are still in use every day by educators in the middle school of Churchville-Chili. His deep, reflective voice comforted many struggling students long after he would sign off in the mornings. My favorite moments were when he was not teaching in the LOTE program and a student would recognize him in the hallway by his voice. I would often hear students scream with excitement, “hey, you are ‘The Words of Wisdom’ guy and I love you.” Only his few students knew him as a French teacher but the entire student body knew Mr. Nixon for his “Words of Wisdom” aka “A Little Something to Think About.”
Ernest Orlando, Grade 8 Social Studies, Churchville-Chili Middle School
Mr. Nixon’s ‘Words of Wisdom’ were always a welcomed bit of something nice to hear. His very recognizable voice caused myself and the kids in class to pay closer attention whenever that voice came over the loud speaker. Even those who weren’t really paying attention to the announcements listened closely to Mr. Nixon’s ‘Words of Wisdom’. Hearing what Mr. Nixon had to say was always a nice way to start the day. We were all left with a good feeling. Once we heard, ‘This is Mr. Nixon, with a little something to think about’, we knew our day had officially started.
Ted – thanks for making me think about your Words of Wisdom! It’s been many years since I heard them, but the good feeling I used to get when listening came right back. From what I see on FB, it looks like you’re doing well!
Debbie Westcott, Science Teacher, Churchville-Chili Middle School
I always looked forward to Mr. Nixon’s Words of Wisdom. The topics were timeless and relevant to everyone, kids and adults!
Diane Sudz, Math Teacher, Churchville-Chili Middle School