When I decided to start working in a school, I didn’t know how much I was going to learn. I assumed I’d teach them the basics. You know, ABC’s, and 123’s and then, hopefully learn something new along the way. I never thought that working in a school would teach me as much as it has, though. Every student that I’ve met along the way has made an impact on me and has taught me so much about themselves. They have played a part in shaping me into the person I want to be, and I cannot be more thankful for that .
OK, I will admit over the past few years I have had my favorite students (before you judge, I will tell you that every teacher has a favorite, and those who say they don’t are clearly lying to you and to themselves), because these particular students have taught me things that I don’t think I would have learned otherwise. They have helped me grow into the person that I’ve always wanted to be; the person I am supposed to be. So to those students, the ones who have changed my life, This one’s for you.
You are more than enough.
No matter where you are in this life, and no matter how tough life gets for you, never doubt yourself. Don’t you dare second-guess the impact that you can make on this world. Every single student I’ve met has shown me that they are amazingly bright. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel as if you are any less than brilliant.
Don’t let anyone change you.
If I’ve learned anything from working in this field, it would definitely be to always be yourself. The moment I walked through the doors of the school I work for, I learned that you are the most important thing you can be. You have all taught me what it is like to not be afraid to be who I am, and I love that. The amount of times I’ve danced with you all in the hallway like no one was watching iand done crazy, silly things makes me smile., It makes me realize that when you’re being yourself, those around you are going to notice… and love you for it.
Don’t ever stop smiling.
I absolutely love seeing you all in the halls with a smile spread across your face when you see me. Your smiles make my day better. on the days that I can tell you’re having a rough day ,but you’re still smiling, I am proud of you. Hearing, “Wow, that is the first smile we’ve gotten out of them all day!” is the most amazing feeling in the world, I can’t explain it. Seeing you guys genuinely smile fills my heart.
You are family, and I love you.
Some of the bonds I have made with students are so strong that the students feel like family to me. . Some of you are like siblings, but there are also a couple of you that have felt like a son or daughter to me. What that means to me is yes, we may drive each other crazy sometimes and get mad at each other, but I promise that no matter what happens, my classroom will always be a home. If you ever need me whether it’s two weeks or ten years down the line, I will always be there.
As I look back at all the memories that I’ve had with you all, I smile to myself. Although you are all amazingly unique with all of your diverse personalities, there is one characteristic that you all share. Do you know what that is? You all mean the world to me.