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A Q&A With Local Kindergarten Teacher Marilyn O’Neill

The Mercer Island Reporter comes in my mailbox every Wednesday, and last week they featured a cover story near and dear to my heart. That story had a poignant moment at Island Books last week.

Families across the island sent their kindergarteners to Marilyn O’Neill’s class at West Mercer Elementary for 22 years (she taught at other schools on the island too for a total of 27 years). On May 5th, a group of seniors about to graduate from Mercer Island High School gathered at Island Books to honor Marilyn with a special gift: a re-enacted photograph of her final kindergarten class.

It’s moments like these that remind us of the deep and meaningful community history that winds its way through our doors. Marilyn and her students shared their memories and marveled at how quickly time passes, filling our store with friendship and love.

Marilyn is a kindergarten teacher who touched many lives on the island, but to me, she’s my friend and neighbor ... continued