In Memory

Carmine Zinn (Faculty)

News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - March 28, 2007
Deceased Name: Carmine Ranieri Zinn
IN United States CARMINE RANIERI ZINN, 71, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday, March 25, 2007. Arrangements by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN)
Date: March 28, 2007
Record Number: 86977432
Copyright (c) 2007 The News-Sentinel

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09/26/09 10:15 PM #1    

Roger Bowers

I am forever indebted to this wonderful person and dedicated teacher. I continued to study Spanish and it opened a new world of people, adventure and added dimension to my life that has made all the difference. While I was assigned to Puerto Rico with the Coast Guard, I met my beautiful wife and gained a wonderful extended family. Later I flew surveillance missions against narcoterrorists in Colombia and was one of the few aviators fluent in Spanish.

Gracias por su paciencia, dedicacion y por su amor por
la educacion.

Que descanse en paz.

Rogelio (Roger Bowers)

06/17/15 12:24 PM #2    

John Tomlinson

Miss Carmine Ranieri was my exploratory language teacher in 7th grade, at Meadowlawn. I signed up for Spanish the following year and repeated it the year after because I did not feel that I had mastered it to her standards. She had become Mrs. Zinn and had married a 6' 8'' basketball coach. We were all impressed. She was a very demanding teacher because she cared greatly about her students. She gave it her all and she expected each of us to do the same. I believe that most of her students considered her their favorite teacher and I know that she was mine. She gave me some of the values of life that I have carried throughout my life. I remember the day that a dog wandered into class and she melted in concern for the little guy. Instruction came to an unprecidented halt and she sent various students off on missions to bring food and water. It was quickly decided that we would take up a collection for the perfect gift for this dedicated teacher. The Spanish Club hosted the annual Christmas Dance and we presented her with a French Poodle (I don't think we could find a Spanish Poodle) as a highlight of the dance. I don't know who was more delighted, Mrs. Zinn, the puppy, or all of us.

When I was in boot camp, in the Army, I was assigned the half dozen men from Puerto Rico because I was the only one who could communicate with them. It worked out well for all of us and to them, I was "Sarhento Tomlinson" even though I was a recruit, like them. I became a teacher in the Pinellas County School System and she had become the Supervisor of the Foreign Language Department for the County. As an adult, I had the opportunity and privilege of personally thanking her for all she had given me. I did not realize until the eve of my retirement that Carmine was the best friend of my supervisor, Dee Burns. When I noted Carmine's photo on Dee's office wall, I was informed that she had passed earlier that year, 2007, of ALS. It brought tears to my eyes and I will always cherish the memory of the wonderful teacher that she was. 


08/31/19 06:23 PM #3    

Warner Anderson

She was my Exploratory Languages teacher at Meadowlawn in, I think, her first year of teaching. Is it a "crush" if it lasts 60 years? O "amor eterno e inolvidable...." Con mucho respeto y muy agradecido por siempre.

09/01/19 04:04 PM #4    

Jill Azarenok (Marie)

Quite the Teacher Lady!

09/01/19 11:42 PM #5    

Peter Sterghos

I too was in Ms. Zinn's 7th grade exploratory languge class.  She was a fine lady and dedicated teacher.  I was no language scholar, in fact,  I was no scholar at all at Meadowlawn.  I wish I could apologize for the frustration I caused her because she cared and tried to help me but I made no effort to do well.

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