Kerry Kastler (Burt)
I think Penny Taylor was fairly well known - unfortunately much as a result of her special needs. I certainly witnessed others taunting and teasing her, regrettably not advocating otherwise. Now as a mother of a special needs daughter, I know personally how someone with limited resources must try harder to achieve even small milestones. How I wish I'd been more nurturing to Penny. How grateful I am that the general acceptance and encouragement of people with disabilities has changed so much since our high school days. While more change is needed, today folks like Penny and my Brittany can be a part of pep club, assemblies and maybe even be selected as a cheerleader or homecoming queen. How amazing it is that many special needs, like autism, hearing or visual challenges, are now much better accommodated and diminished with new technology, social support and education. You never know when you'll bump into one of life's lessons. For me - Brittany was and is a lesson - a lesson that broadened my life and made me think back to Penny with a different perspective and a certain self disappointment. I love Brittany dearly and hope that her life can be favored with the nurture and acceptance of others.