- 51 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 10, 1964
- Date of passing: Sep 17, 2015
|Tami will live on forever in our hearts|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Tami Schilling, 51, born on January 10, 1964 and passed away on September 17, 2015. We will remember her forever.
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Saturday October 3, 2015 at Fox Elementary School -
where love gathered to celebrate Tami's life!
So many memories shared with laughter and tears...
to celebrate a life cut short, but whose reach stretched beyond her years.
Thank you to the Fox Community - both past & present -
for the outpouring of love and kindness for a special day to remember our beloved Ms. Schilling.
The bench, plaque and palm tree planted in her memory will be a reminder that the word "teacher" is not a mere job, but rather a conscious lifestyle.
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"Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning."
"My son had Tami and she is the reason he loves books and we have a huge collection of Roald Dahl at our house thanks to her. She opened his eyes to a breadth of literature. She was able to understand children and the fine details of their personalities in a way only a parent could. As the years passed he still made time to visit her after school as she was always so welcoming. My younger daughter who was in preschool at the time was also a regular fixture in her class during drop-off and pick-up times. She never minded the 3 year old who lingered too long in the classroom. Now that my daughter is in 1st grade in room 2 she is very sad to not have Tami as her teacher. She spent the entire summer excited to be in room 2 which she got, but sadly Ms. Schilling is not there. We all miss you tremendously and you have had a lifelong impact on my kids."
"I so enjoyed the time we had teaching together. You were a great mentor but most importantly a great friend. I will miss talking to you and getting your advice but will lean upon the lessons you taught me over the years. Miss you lots but forever in my heart!"
"Although my children have never had Ms. Schilling as a teacher,
We have been at fox for over 7 years and have will always remember Ms. Schillings smile and kindness. She was always at the first grade pick area and my children waited with her patiently at her side. We will miss your beautiful smile!"
"Tami will always be remembered as one of the most dedicated
educators. She will always be with us in memory and was truly
an inspiration to so many. To teach is to touch the future.
Tami's inspirational spirit and love of learning will continue on through generations of Fox School families as well as the current and past district employees. There is no finer legacy."
"Your love and kindness will continue to flow thru the students and educators that worked with you.... as we move on, thank you for providing us with your guidance - as always you are a STAR
"Jordan and Donovan never had Ms. Schilling as a teacher, but they both loved her and enjoyed doing things with her while they were in Molly's class. Molly and Tami always had a fun way of "fighting" over the siblings that would come into their classes. So whenever Brianna would walk by Tami would jokingly say that she would get her in first grade and not Molly. Brianna would smile and giggle and say how pretty and nice she was. Now with Brianna approaching first grade next year, it saddens me that she will not be able to experience the love that Ms. Schilling provided to all her students, even the ones that weren't actually in her class. I will forever look at Fox and see Tami and Molly standing out in front of their classrooms watching "their kids" be picked up after school. You will be missed."
"I knew Tami as a colleague at NDNU. She was a faithful, positive, energetic colleague. Now I see that her love for life and others is infectious with others in addition to NDNU, so evident here at Fox School and beyond. How blessed we all had Tami in our lives, and how truly sad we are to not have her now. Godspeed, dear Tami."
"It was our family's first year in Belmont and at Fox and my daughter had Ms. Schilling as her first grade teacher. It was the best thing that could have happened to her. She was shy and new and Ms. Schilling helped encourage her to open up and make new friends. She was so supportive and open to working with us as over protective parents. Then even though our son didn't have her for first grade, she still reached out to him as a new incoming first grader and made him feel comfortable with jokes and laughter. She was always connecting with the kids on a pesonal level and bringing joy into their days at school. I'm sad that my 3rd child will not get to have her as his first grade teacher. And I will miss seeing her standing out in front of her classroom calling out to the kids and making sure they are safe during pick ups.
We will miss you Ms. Schilling!"
"It is so hard for me to believe that you are gone. 20 years ago when I was in your class, I dreamed of my own kids attending Fox and being your students. I am not a teacher, but your love for every single student and passion for creating a positive atmosphere and community inspired me to do what I do today. As a youth professional, I have strived each day for the past five years to emulate your abilities to make every child feel welcomed, loved and included in our community. I hope that in 20 years, my students can look back at the experiences I created for them and remember them in a positive light, much like I do with the many friends I am still in touch with from first grade. I will never forget coming to visit you and seeing all the amazing collages of years past scattered throughout the classroom. What a wonderful reminder that you still cared for us, even after we’d moved on. First grade is still so vivid in my mind that sometimes I can even remember the way our classroom smelled of the lovely perfume you wore. This is just one of the many happy memories I have from that year and my entire time at Fox.
My younger siblings were lucky enough to have you as well, and we all have spoken so highly of you over the years. Thank you for being an incredible role model, positive influence, friend to my family, and an inspiration to my career. You are so missed…I know that many of your former students are now teachers and I am sure they are working to continue your legacy.
Lots of love,
"Tami and I worked together and taught workshops at the County Office. She was so kind and patient. Her beautiful smile and kind words will be missed."
"Although we didn't have Ms. Schilling, she was there for our 6 years at Fox. Always with a smile on her face and just a very happy and fun person to be around. She will always be remembered in our hearts!"
"A lovely sprite with a head of golden curls, twinkling eyes, and a smile that sparkled with the whitest of white teeth. That's how I'll remember you Tami. We had such wonderful, happy days over the many, many years together in room 4. Memories to many to mention. Your kindness to me after my stroke, arranging your classroom so I could get around with my cane or wheelchair. You always treating me like another teacher rather than your aide will remain in my heart forever. Your students loving calls each morning will echo through Fox forever..."Ms. Schilling", "Ms. Schilling", "Ms. Schilling" ... I am heartbroken that you were taken from us all too soon, but you will always hold a special place in my heart filled with love."
Besides Chris, I've probably taught with you the longest. In the beginning as a 1st grade teacher, then coming into your classroom as an art teacher every month for the last 15 years.
Oh, what a privilege it was to come in and see you with "your kids". So warm and comforting, always knowing which child needed special attention that day. You were always encouraging and supportive to all your children.
You wanted them to be life-long learners by helping them to be thinkers, to be inquisitive and to ask questions. These valuable lessons will stay with them their whole lives. You showed them how to be kind and help others through example and always with a smile on your face.
All the children wanted to be with you, parents looked to you for guidance and teachers went to you for advice and support. Of course, how lucky all those student teachers were at the College of Norte Dame de Namur who will be forever grateful for your guiding light.
You are a true inspiration and everything we would ever want to be as a teacher and a friend. You will be forever missed. You made a difference in all our lives and you will be forever in our hearts. We love you, Tami <3"
"Rest in Peace, Princess Peach!"
You were one of the best teachers I've ever had and made such an impact on my life. I will forever remember you and I want you to know that you helped me grow into the woman I am proud to be today. Thank you for being warm and endearing and thank you for making everyone smile as they came into your class. I'll never stop loving you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
"Tami was one of the best teachers I had the pleasure to substitute teach for at Fox. She was also one of my mentor teachers while obtaining my teaching credential. It was her welcoming smile and beautiful personality that made all the kids love her and parents and colleagues admire and appreciate her. Many years ago I also had the pleasure to work with her mom, Jackie. May you both enjoy mom's tortilla soup in heaven!"
"Our deepest condolences to the Schilling family. Ms. Schilling was our son's 1st grade teacher and she was the first teacher to truly see him for the special person he is and has become. She recognized early on his writing talents and given that Ms. Schilling was such a passionate teacher of writing, this was high praise. She is an exceptional teacher who will be missed. Heaven has gained an angel."
"Mrs.Shilling was one of the best teachers ever and always saw good in every kid even though i wasn't in her class but in her buddy class she was the best teacher i have seen. My brother was in her class and said and she was the best teacher. We will remeber her."
"We have been thinking of Tami all week and are praying for her family. I remember very vividly how I felt after meeting with Tami the first time, at our oldest daughter's parent conference in 2013. She seemed to really understand our daughter's personality and how to encourage her innate curiosity and drive. And of course her great skill as a communicator came through as well. Yet it wasn't until our son was in Tami's class last year that I think I began to appreciate fully her great gifts as a teacher. Even though our son is very different from our driven and motivated daughter -- and he started first grade at a much younger age -- Tami's enthusiasm for and understanding of his development and personality were just as great as with our daughter. Over the year we could see his confidence, communication skills, and interest in learning grow by leaps and bounds. Tami was able to see the potential in each child in her class, and taught each of them how to look at the world with joy and excitement for the process of discovery. We are grateful that we knew her and will hold close all of our memories of her."
"I only had the opportunity to work with Tami for one year, but she left a lasting impression. She was such a gifted teacher and warmly welcomed me into the Fox community. She truly loved her students and made each one of them feel special and loved. I am so sorry for this huge loss. Rest in peace, Tami; I feel lucky that I had the chance to know you."
"Dear Friend, You came to Fox with "attitude". Poised and Confident. From the beginning you were sure of your convictions and could not be deterred. You honed your skills and became a trusted leader of teachers. Truly, Tami, teaching was your calling. I was and am grateful to have had you as a loving colleague."
"My sister recently took a college course with Ms. Schilling. I said "Ms. Schilling! She was one of my favorite teachers ever!". She just wrote me with this sad news. Ms. Schilling left a memorable mark on my life that I will never forget. I remember her class like it was yesterday, her kindness and her generosity in listening and caring for every single student. Before her class I had been very shy and afraid of school and her class helped me to open up and make friends. I'm forever grateful."
Your love, encouragement, dedication and unselfish work for my son is priceless. When I heard the news I felt like I missed my mom. I remembered you all day long and my tears were obstructing my vision. I do have just one video having you with my son and his mates that I will retain all my life. We missed you so much and you should not have left us this fast.
May your soul rest in heaven very peacefully and keep up your smile always out there too.
"Reading some of the other tributes, it's very clear that everyone who came in contact with Tami knew how special she was. Her smile was contagious, her passion for her students was immeasurable, and her positive attitude was a gift to all.
I don't think I ever presented at a Fox staff meeting that Tami didn't make a point to come up and compliment some aspect of it and thank me for the work I did. I always admired the work she did as well and learned from watching her teach, watching her coach other teachers, and even subbing in her class once when the district was short on subs. Spending time in Tami's class (even when Tami wasn't there), it was clear that it was an incredible place to learn and she was he best possible person to learn from.
Tami's passion, kind heart and smile will forever have a place in my heart."
"Words cannot express how deeply sadden we feel. My two daughters had Tami for 2nd grade and they both truly loved her. They are grown women now and I know that the year they each spent with her made a lasting impression for their love of learning and the confidence they have. I had the honor of volunteering in her classroom and seeing first hand how wonderful of a teacher and person she was. We all will treasure the fond memories we have of Tami and that wonderful smile and spirit she had. She will be missed."
"To our family, Ms. Schilling was the face of Fox school. She had the most welcoming smile and genuine warmth about her. My kids both were lucky enough to have her for 1st grade. I was lucky enough to share some long carpool drives with her to Half Moon Bay pumpkin patches and the Krispy Kreme "donut factory." You could talk to her about anything. She had such a positive outlook on life, and such charisma, not to mention both my kids said she was the best teacher they have ever had. We will forever remember her wonderful spirit."
"I can only say my daughter Kendall said the best things about you. She learned so much. Thank you for being an inspiration for her, an amazing teacher and a friend. May your next journey be filled with eternal happiness. God Bless you!"
"Dear Mrs. Shilling,
I feel like you were the only teacher I ever had that truly understood me. You were the only teacher that viewed my short stories as something special instead of a little, useless tale that any other first grader could've wrote. The only reason that I learned that I had a gift was that day when you said," I see we have a new author in our class". You also showed me that I can be a firecracker, because that's what you used to call me. Now I am a firecracker on the outside as well as the inside. I have the courage to stand up for my self and be the firecracker that used to hide inside me, covered by a shy little girl, afraid of the world that she lived in. You, Mrs. Schilling are the most inspirational person I have ever met. And now, that i'm in sixth grade, I realized that you are the best example I may ever have, because nobody has a more pure and gold heart than you did.
"Sweet Sweet Tami ~
Your knowing smile, the way you "got" our children and so insightfully brought out their best, teaching them and us the best paths forward, the original Environmentalist with Ms. Smith - naming every class after a special animal - remember loving the spritely red-toed tree frog, and endangered polar bear. Such a positive spirit in all our lives, going so beyond any job description to optimize learning and teaching the joy of an engaged life for our children - and us. Not fair to lose you already - so heading to join you one of these days - please save me a place in your room."
"Ms. Schilling thank you for being such a beautiful light in our lives. You will be greatly missed. <3"
"Using mere words to convey the specialness of Tami Schilling is an impossible task. Such a challenge, however, is something that she would no doubt have faced head on. No task involving the kids was so small as to be unimportant or so large as to be overwhelming. Her bouncy curls reflected her upbeat personality, and the fact that it is so easy to “play back” the sound of her friendly, comforting voice speaks volumes about her knack for putting people at ease, and the impact that she had on so many. Her spunky aviator sunglasses remind me of her daily enthusiasm for...well, everything. She was funny in conversation but took education seriously. She was calm in demeanor but of course never boring, and there was never, ever any doubt that she loved “her” children with a passion and gave her all to improve their lives. Every time that I was in her classroom whether to help out with keywords or pick up a kiddo, she had a magic way of making me feel special. Imagine what it must have been like to be a student of hers and have that feeling every day? A truly priceless gift to a child. Tami’s passing is a devastating loss not just to Fox School, but to all who knew her, and my heart and deepest sympathies go out to her family. I hope your sorrow can be offset somewhat knowing that she will forever live on in the difference she made in the sweet, little lives of her students. My children and I are so grateful to have been a part of that and will profoundly and dearly miss you."
"I distinctly remember driving to school on an August afternoon, to see which teacher my youngest was going to have for first grade. She had been telling me all day " I hope I get Ms. Schilling" Her older sister had had her and we had come to know Tami well. It was not meant to be for Sophie,but, Tami still had something nice to say to her every day after school. Every child in the second grade, regardless of if they had Tami or not, knew her and loved her. She was a shining star and her spirit will certainly live on at Fox forever. Rest in peace Ms. Schilling."
"Fox School will never be the same without your Beautiful Smiley face!!!"
"Tami was very much a mentor. When I came to Fox in '91, I marveled at Tami's courage to do battle for what was good for children. I also saw a fierce allegiance to her students, like a lioness protecting her cubs.
While I was overwhelmed by the work of teaching, Tami remained above the fray, laughing and enjoying her students. How did she do that? Perfect efficiency? Vision? Purpose? Self-discipline? She oozed a kind of relaxed contentment.
Tami never pretended to have all the answers. Quite the opposite - she was a staff development enthusiast and often led our faculty in new directions - especially in assessment and writing. When Tami commented in a meeting or led a staff development session, you knew her message would be clear-sighted, meaningful, and inspiring.
Tami's contributions to education are as broad as they are deep. Generations of students, parents, teachers, and administrators are the beneficiaries of being planets in her orbit. Her influence lives on."
"Dear ms Schilling, you were loved by all. You were my 1’st grade teacher last year you were the best teacher ever. You taught me how to read/write and math and a lot more. From Annie 2'st grade aged 7"
"Ms. Schilling truly was such a beautiful person. Always smiling, so kind, so caring. I had the pleasure of having her for 1st grade and 12 years later I often think about how lucky I was to have her in my life. Thank you for your positive influence and forever grateful for all you've done. Wish I could have come visited you one last time but you will stay in so many hearts forever. Much love"
"The Reid family (Matt, Jackie, Mary Kate) will be forever grateful for her genuine love and support toward her community. She taught our children how to read, to be self-motivated, to take on responsibility, how to lead, and how to learn. She was dedicated to her students and our world is a better place because of her commitment to teaching.
With great sorrow, Mike, Clare, Matt, Jackie, Mary Kate, and Tommy"
"Tammi was the most positive teacher I have ever met .That SMILE is for ever in my Heart !! you have touched soooo many Lives, and yourkind giving heart will be ever Missed!! My thoughts are with the Family, and for tammi`s loving sister you wre there for your sis,wow what a great sister, how brave you are!! loving thoughts, for tammi!! Mr. Metheany Ralston, we lost aGREAT ONE!!"
"Oh Ms Schilling, how much you will be missed! Our sadness is so deep because our love and admiration for you was so great. You taught patience by giving it, kindness by showing it, compassion in how you listened and you gave out love in bucket loads. You inspired our daughter Annie to turn 'can't do' into 'can do' and through this grief you are still teaching and equipping her. Our home is well and truly 'Schilling-d' with key words, photos, cards and puffin pictures from last year, and our hearts are also truly 'Schilling-d'. You taught us to teach without raising our voices, to acknowledge the bravery of our children when they share work whilst they are still learning, and you showed us that children respond best to love and attention, not material things. Despite the grief, denial, anger, confusion and heartache spinning around our heads right now, I remain truly thankful that having moved from one side of the world to the other, our path crossed yours."
"Though my time at Fox was brief, my fondest memories come from Ms. Schilling's class. She was my first grade teacher and I can't think of a teacher I had who was as fun and wonderful as she was. She was the kindest and sweetest person anyone could've ever known and will be missed dearly. My condolences to her loved ones, may her soul rest in peace."
"Godspeed Tami. You'll be missed."
"My son thrived leaps and bounds in reading and confidence in Ms Schilling's class during his 1st grade. I could sense her love for the kids in her class and her passion in her teaching career in Fox at every parent-teacher conference we had. She would always make herself available and be reachable to parents. Ms Schilling was still the awesome fabulous teacher as she has always been till the last day of school in Room 2 class of 2015. May she rest in peace. Heaven has now gained a beautiful angel."
"When my oldest son entered 2nd grade, there she was, Tami Schilling, a breath of fresh air, a young teacher filled with enthusiasm, exuberance, excitement, creativity, and the passion to ignite the love of learning in the students that were honored to be in her room. There was something about her that was "wonderful and different," and that was the way she continued to be, throughout her many years at Fox School. Although very much a quiet and private person, she touched the lives of many families who passed through, and will always be remembered as a that special teacher you'll never forget. I had the added privilege of subbing in her room many times in her absence, so I also saw first hand the "behind the scenes" love that emanated from the classroom environment she created with detail, for all to learn in. As my own personal life unfolded as a first grade teacher in California, she was one of the role models that I modeled my own teaching style on. I will forever keep Tami in my memory, and linger in her poised calm style, warm and friendly smile, long flowing blonde locks, and her commitment to her students and her life's work."
"Dear Ms. Schilling,
When I look back at the most influential adults in my childhood memories, I can without a doubt say you were one of them. You occupy such a positive and large space of my memories. There's one thing I can't remember you doing when you taught us class, that one thing being frowning. If I can embody half of the positivity you radiated as a teacher, I will be one lucky girl. From learning about US presidents to spelling tests, you made learning so much fun. Even after leaving Fox School and visiting you in high school, you greeted me as if time didn't effect anything, with a big smile and open arms. I am about to graduate college this year, and after all these years of education I can definitely say you were one of my most inspiring teachers. So warm, kind and genuine. You will be missed by many."
"Dear Ms. Schilling, I feel incredibly blessed to have had you in my life. While I remember arithmetic and spelling lessons on the chalk board and silent reading to Enya, I can't say that remember everything that you taught me 22 years ago. What I do distinctly remember, though, was my admiration for you and the enthusiasm that I felt about learning. I really wish I had expressed how important you were to me and I hope you were aware of the many hundreds of lives you touched."
"I feel so blessed to have had Tami in my life. To nurture and teach my two treasures in life (my girls) how to enjoy learning and how to be confident in themselves. One even became a teacher from her inspirational teachings. The impact Tami had on ALL her students is magical and forever lasting. I also had the blessing of Tami being my work colleague. Her door was always open for advice and comfort, no matter what she was doing. Being in her classroom and assisting her writers workshop was such a motivating experience. Watching how she taught children to enjoy writing and expressing their feelings to words was something I will carry with me forever. My girls and I are so lucky to have several published books from Tami's class that we will all cherish forever. Her contagious smile is something i will never forget and will remember to smile for her each and everyday! Love You Tami xo"
"Ms Schilling was the best teacher I ever had. She loved her students and the students and family loved her even more. 2nd grade was a year where it didn't feel like you were being taught by a teacher, but by your best friend. She had an amazing personality, an infectious smile, and showed how much she loved to teach. I know she is in a better place reading Dr. Suess is heaven, and I will never forget her."
"You were the best teacher in the whole world. You truly were an artist and a source of inspiration. You touched the lives of thousands of children and their families. I had the opportunity to watch you teach, and you inspired me to be the best teacher I can be. I will always remember you with a smile. You will never be forgotten."
"I will miss your frequent wave and smiles turning on to Hallmark Dr. from Benson Way. I remember the stories you shared about Janelle in your class and how much you loved her from the first time you saw her in MaryAnn's class. Your warmth and dedication touched us. You have a place in our hearts forever."
"Ms. Schilling was my teacher for both 1st and 2nd grade. During this time in my life, I was experiencing severe separation anxiety which I was undergoing therapy to overcome. Ms. Schilling was the one person who really stepped forward to help me and my family with my situation. If it wasn't for Tami, I probably wouldn't be in place I am today. When people ask me who my favorite teacher was, I still tell them "Ms. Schilling." The Giotinis family is deeply saddened by this news. Tami will deeply be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schilling family."
"Despite the 24 years it's been since I was in your class, I think of you and immediately your laugh and the constant smile in your voice ring in my ears. It might sound crazy, but I can still remember the smell of your perfume and the music you played. I have few memories from childhood as strong and distinct as my memories of you, but am not surprised, because you had an unbelievable impact on me. You encouraged and inspired in me a love of learning. You were an amazing teacher with the most heart, which will live on through the many people you touched."
"Tammy was a star a bright and shining star . She was a burst of energy . Everything that Tammy did or said was cheerful honest and well thought out . She was an athlete a dancer a lovable coworker she shared she gave she understood . She was trustworthy intelligent and when she smiled the room lit up the children were in love every day and her classroom . We all gravitated to her because she was a happy soul inside and out with that beautiful face and adorable personality we were blessed with her presence . I felt honored to know her . She was an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. When she smiled we smiled she shared and this is why we all love her so much truly a beautiful woman ."
"I live close to Fox and I saw Tami more in her Mini Cooper than I did at school. We seemed to have the same schedules. I always smiled when she passed me by in our neighborhood. Her aqua mini was so cute and it certainly reflected her happy and friendly nature. My kids did not have Tami as a teacher but I got to know her over the years. I will certainly miss her smiling face at Fox and her passing me by on the street...in that cute aqua mini cooper."
"Tami's students loved and adored her. She was a "kid magnet" - I fondly remember how her students always wanted to sit as close to her as possible during assemblies. She had such a special approach in the way she treated each of her students and was a wonderful colleague who had a wealth of knowledge about teaching. I feel lucky to have met and worked with her at Fox School."
"I hope you know how much I loved you and that you were the best teacher I've ever had. Xoxoxo"
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