Meet the Volunteers
No operation can be a success without great volunteers working behind the scenes. We wish to recognize each of them here.
Cheryl Gillmore wishes to thank teachers for caring about kids. That teachers are a vital and undervalued component of the community that is the heart of preserving our nation's freedoms. She wants to help repair the sense of community across the divide(s) in the US, starting with her small corner.
She has been fortunate in life. Cheryl discovered an additional “funny bone” when an intrusive COVID-19 nasal swab resulted in involuntary and uncontrolled laughter, shocking both her and the nurse. God has a sense of humor. She retired! from the world’s premier intelligence agency as a senior analyst after 34 years of trying to solve impossible problems. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BSEE a long time ago.
Cindy Naples is a retired classroom teacher of mathematics at both the secondary and university levels. She earned the Ph. D. in Mathematics Education and served as Associate Dean, Interim and Acting Dean in the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University. As a member of the faculty in the Department of Mathematics she taught both lower and upper division mathematics courses.
As a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, Cindy supervised student teachers in mathematics and continued that work with students in the Teaching Scholars program at St. Edward’s University.
Her 48 years of experience in education motivated Cindy to volunteer at The Teacher’s Reuse store. Organizing hundreds of books has been challenging, but an enlightening experience!
Mike O'Donnell recently retired as an IT Director of Infrastructure for Infineon Technologies and now redirects time to a number of worthy causes, including The Teacher Reuse. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and began working as a software developer for a large healthcare business in 1982. In 1994 he was hired by Advanced Micro Devices to help build the datacenter for their Austin wafer fabrication facility. He worked in the semiconductor industry until his retirement in May. As an innovator and out-of-the-box thinker, he has co-authored thirteen U.S. Patents.
Mike helps The Teacher Reuse anyway he can, from IT consulting to moving boxes or just being available to share his experience and expertise with their Board of Directors and staff of volunteers.
Angela Rowe retired from 29 years of teaching First Grade at Crockett Elementary in San Marcos, TX. She volunteers for her old school, the San Marcos Public Library, the Friends of the San Marcos Library, the First United Methodist Church, and anything else that piques her interest. Angela enjoys reading, yoga, needlework, and taking extended trips in her Casita travel trailer. She is often seen walking her dog in the cemetery accompanied by a shirtless man (her husband, Scott). Angela has a daughter, Sierra, and a son, Shane. Like Angela, they graduated from SMHS - Go Rattlers! Sierra has two degrees from UT and Shane recently graduated from TXST, so the Rowe family nest is almost empty - except for the dog, of course!
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I learned to help people who are sleep deprived by explaining the inventions and devices I created. Then I learned how to help people who are food deprived, moving boxes and sorting food with people who know how. Then I found a way to help teachers who know how to mold and inspire young minds, just like the ones that all the stock brokers and business managers, and scientists spoke endlessly of at the 50th reunion. The ones who made us who we are. A little help on the geometry of shelves to help design a warehouse for these future topics of conversation at some future reunion. As you put things on those shelves, you can see the awe in little faces that will probably group up to bore the sleep deprived with their own accomplishments long after I’m gone. Along the way, all the San Martians in San Marvelous, you and old, taught me fun. Famous chefs, actors, and newspaper reporters (Jerry Deal) got invited to birthday parties of rock stars they covered. Professors took breaks from their gigs singing at Carnegie Hall to teach me to sing. Then one day, about a quarter of the Texas State football team took a break from playing before crowds of tens of thousands came to hear me sing. Welcome to San Marvelous; you wouldn’t believe it if I told you.