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Kellmer a first name. Itā??s Shawn. I think I used it once, the first time I called roll in a class he took at the community college.
Iā??m probably exaggerating, but it seemed he became simply Kellmer ā?? to me and to everyone else ā?? almost immediately. Iā??m positive I havenā??t addressed him as Shawn in nearly two years.
Kellmerā??s a genius ā?? an annoying genius, but a genius just the same.
Iā??m not being disrespectful, merely quoting him. ā??I know Iā??m annoying, but ā?»ā? heā??ll begin and then overwhelm you with a lengthy story complete with a half-dozen detours and more trivia than the Book of Lists. Heā??s a master at making a long story longer, with the storyā??s length eclipsed only by its volume. Kellmer is loud.
But heā??s also brilliant. Iā??m sure Iā??ve learned more from him than he from me. If not, it wasnā??t his fault.
Kellmer is one of the reasons teaching at a community college is so much fun. Heā??s what is known as a non-traditional student, which means he wasnā??t in high school the year before or the year before that. Kellmer was about 30 or so when he began college. He was a father of five and a U.S. army veteran who had just been downsized from a job that paid about 15 bucks an hour.
It wasnā??t the greatest job in the world, but it kept his family going and that was most important to him.
When the job ā?? and the paycheck ā?? was no more, Kellmer decided to take advantage of his V.A. benefits and work toward something that, to him, would be the greatest job in the world: a career in writing.
And work he did. Kellmer gave college everything he had and heā??s about to bring that motivation to Misericordia University next fall. He arrives at Misericordia with the highest recommendation of everyone who taught him at LCCC and the honor of being chosen Outstanding Adult Learner in the Class of 2011.
Kellmer wrote something in one of my classes that Iā??ve never been able to get out of my head. With his permission, I am sharing it with you.

Thatā??s Kellmer.
And despite what he thinks, he isnā??t studying to be a writer. Heā??s already a writer. Heā??s just picking up the fine points.

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