I really can't remember too many of the Teacher Appreciation gifts I have received over the years... Until now! Although I'm no longer a teacher, on Friday I received the most amazing and inspiring gift I have ever gotten. It was a letter written by a former student at our school. She was not a student I had, although I was here when her brothers were here. But she is a former student who I had many times seen and talked to. I had seen this young lady come to pick up her brothers from our school when she was in just 6th and 7th grade. I have seen her working at various jobs. I have seen her when she would come to visit our staff. Now she is a senior in high school and about to graduate. She was inspired to write a letter that she could share with every educator or school staff member who had helped her, inspired her, or just took time for her over the years. She took the time to deliver this letter to 65 staff members in our district.
I hope you'll take a moment to read this and I'm sorry I couldn't enlarge it anymore. I wanted you to see the original:
Educators, if you ever feel like it's not worth it...like you don't know why you do it, remember Zuleima. It is worth it, in fact it's the reason we do it. Keep being that teacher that takes the time to find out, to ask the questions, to check in on your students. Keep being that teacher that inspires love and learning, that makes the day better instead of worse. Keep being that teacher who makes the day better and saves lives, literally. Be that teacher! It's WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!
Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week!