To all my students past and present, I just want you to know that I may not remember your name, but I remember your face and I remember YOU.
To the student I saw at Dunkin Donuts, I remember that 6th grade girl sitting at my small group table telling me how much you did NOT like reading. You went on to tell me that you didn’t understand why we had to read Number the Stars. This is not an “I told you so” moment, this is I am so proud of you! I am so proud that you are heading to college this fall, where you will be studying Psychology.
To the student I saw at lunch, I remember how much you hated being called on in class and talking in front of your peers. I also remember that you were listening to every word and that if I talked to you one-on-one you could tell me anything I wanted to know. I am so proud of where you are now.
To the student I saw in passing this summer, I am sorry we didn’t get a chance to say Hi. I know you were busy at your summer job and I just want you to know how proud of you I am. As a 6th grader you weren’t in love with the idea of responsibility, but watching you guard the lives of children as they played in the pool I can see how much you have grown.
To the student who looked up to see me at the drive-thru window and said, “Hey weren’t you my teacher.” Yes, yes ma’am I was and thank you for remembering me as well! You always had such an amazing personality and I am so glad that you have held on to that and are using it well in your life!
To the students that ran up to us at the State Fair and hugged the girls first, I just want you to know how special those hugs made them feel! Over the years you have gotten to know me and my family as well and loving on my girls warmed my heart more than you can ever imagine. Thank you.
To the parents that seek me out via email or social media because their child wants to say Hi or so that we can keep in touch, from the bottom of my heart thank you! I love hearing from you as well and am so thankful that you took the time for your child to find me for them. I am honored that they want to keep me a part of their lives.
To the students that drop me an email or send me a letter in the mail, THANK YOU! I love hearing what you are up to, your accomplishments, your questions, your struggles, and being a part of your life.
Being a teacher is so much more than what happens during the allotted class period. It’s about so much more than grading papers and creating lessons. Being a teacher is about making connections with kids, their parents, their families, and the community.
I am so thankful for all the students that have already passed through my classroom doors and for the students that I have yet to meet. While I may be the “teacher” you are constantly teaching me!
From the bottom of my heart thank you!