Taylor Swift’s Elementary School Teachers Remember She Was Always Writing Poetry – PEOPLE

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Taylor Swift’s Elementary School Teachers Remember She Was Always Writing Poetry – PEOPLE

Taylor Swift makes everyone proud!

In the midst of releasing his 11th studio album, The Department of Tortured PoetsCBS Philadelphia spoke with two of Swift’s childhood teachers who said her love for music started at an early age.

Barbara Kolvek, a music teacher at Swift’s elementary school, told the outlet that the Grammy winner, 34, said she wanted to become a singer in second grade.

“She always wrote poetry — always — even in music class, even when she shouldn’t,” said Kolvek, who shared that she gave Swift “her very first singing solo.”

Taylor Swift singing the national anthem before a basketball game in April 2002.
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The now-retired educator was Swift’s music teacher from first through fourth grade and told the news station the two stayed in touch “for a while.”

“I feel like maybe I gave her a little spark or a little encouragement to do what she was doing,” Kolvek said.

Heather Brown, Swift’s third-grade teacher, spoke of Swift’s “special quality.”

Photo of Taylor Swift performing as a child.

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“You always remember every student for how good they were. Taylor’s quality was just being one of those students that people gravitated towards,” Brown told CBS Philadelphia.

Brown told the outlet that while she still sends Swift a Christmas card every year, even though “she probably doesn’t get the messages anymore.” Noting that everything Swift touches “turns to gold,” she added that she was “so excited to see what comes next.”

“When she walks on stage and everyone’s screaming ‘Taylor,’ it’s like, oh my God, like I’m her teacher,” Brown said.

Taylor Swift on stage in March 2023.

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Swift’s childhood teachers have much to be proud of.

After the release of The Department of Tortured PoetsSwift broke several Spotify records, including becoming the most streamed artist in a day and the artist with the most streamed album in a day.

His new album has also reached over 300 million streams. Its debut single, “Fortnight,” became the most streamed song in a single day in the streaming platform’s history.

In an Instagram post celebrating its release, Swift described the album as “an anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and feelings of a fleeting and fatalistic moment – a moment both sensational and painful in equal measure.” measure”.

Taylor Swifts in the “Fortnight” music video.

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“This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and barricaded. There is nothing to avenge, no score to settle once the wounds have healed. And upon reflection, many of them are are revealed to be self-inflicted,” Swift continued.

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“This writer firmly believes that our tears become holy as ink on a page. Once we tell our saddest story, we can free ourselves from it,” she added. “And then all that’s left is tortured poetry.”

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