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No, not that kinda TA, c’mon…

This is teacher appreciation week.  If you blog, post a tribute to your favorite teacher.  Either your own or one of your kids’.  If you are able to contact that teacher send them a copy.

Trust me, we teachers will never tire of hearing of some good we might have done.  We take it on faith that some seed we’ve planted takes root some day and blooms. 

If you write a tribute to a teacher, and don’t mind if I copy it, let me know.  I’d like to make a page on here for that.



An email I received last year:

Mr. W
I don’t know if you’ll remember me but I had you for Geometry my senior year.  You had us write a paper one time about what our dream job would be
[I do this so when they say, ‘when are we ever gonna use this’, I can tell them].  I wrote that my dream was that I wanted to be a doctor.  I knew that I wouldn’t be able to, nobody in family has ever gone to college.  I figured I’d work at Wal-Mart like my mom.  You would always ask me about which college I was going to go to, and I always said OU, because I knew that’s your favorite school, but there was no way that was ever gonna happen.  After I graduated I started working at El Chico.  You came in one day and I waited on you.  You asked me when I was leaving for college and I told you that I wasn’t going to go.  You acted disappointed and told me that I’d never make my dreams come true if I didn’t.  I thought about that for a while and then I went down to CSC [local community college] and signed up for a class.  It took me six years Mr. W, but I graduated last week with a nursing degree.  I’m living my dream, thank you.

And that’s why I teach.


  1. Congrats on the great letter!

    One of my HS teachers came into the restaurant where I worked during college. I went up to her table to say hello. I was surprised that she remembered me. I told her I was getting my degree in Journalism and that she had been a big reason I chose that career path and then thanked her for being one of my favorite teachers. She was obviously moved by my declaration and I was glad that I had the opportunity to thank her. Since then I have made a point to let those teachers who have had a positive influence on my children know how much I appreciate their time and effort. I hope you get a lot of letter of thanks this year. I bet you are a really fun teacher.

  2. thats the best Teacher Appreciation gift a teacher could ever get!

  3. That gave me goose bumps…what a great letter!

  4. M – awh, that was awesome! i got goosebumps reading this, too! beautiful, beany 🙂

  5. I so want to cry (in a good way)…what a beautiful post.

  6. That’s awesome. As a teacher of kids with EBD, I rarely get a thank you (although many of my kids come back to visit). I live instead through a friend of mine who teaches upper level math. Every year, she recieves an outpouring of cards, letters, flowers, etc. from appreciative students. A student last year even compared her level of influence to Oprah! So, that’s where I get my “warm fuzzies” about teaching, and that is okay with me. 🙂

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