I know that you may have many students and that you are maybe not so good with names and remembering it all but I would like to invite you to coffee once our class is over. Yes, this may be corny and yes, you may have heard it before; but you are my favorite teacher.
There aren't many teachers like you who could make something that sounds so boring, be so interesting. Who knew that I'd be a fan of philosophy and theorists? Who knew that I'd appreciate something so much that was written so long ago? There aren't many teachers who care about the student's grades as much as you do too. You make sure that we are doing everything that we can do to do good, and when there is a problem that interferes with us doing the best we can you listen and help instead of scolding us and rejecting out work. You are fun and I am, to be honest, always excited to go to class and hear what you have to say about Marx, Foucault, Weber, and all those other theorists and contemporary social problems that we talk about. I really like your lectures!
There always seems to be one great teacher that stands out every semester for me, this past two I have had you and you have stood out once again among them all.
This may not be so relatable to other students. It could be if they stop and think about some teacher that has had a lasting impact on them. I've had a few in my years of learning. The first one was when I was in elementary school, the second one was when I was in middle school, the third one was in my first year of college and then there is you. You and one more I have had the pleasure of knowing for this last semester, but you the most.
If you are lucky like me (and if not I am so sorry) you have had at least one. One teacher you who appreciate and who you could see as a friend, mentor, or at least someone who is not just an authority figure who stands in the front of the room and talks and bores you to sleep. No, no. There is hopefully one individual who has stood out. One that you could see yourself drinking coffee with, maybe even a beer. One that you would like to catch up in a few years to see how her dog is doing and whether she and her husband have gone to Joshua Tree again. Wouldn't that be fun?
I know that there is one teacher, if we are all lucky, to have such a nice and lasting impact on a student's academic life. Maybe even on a student's life in general. I am lucky enough that I can say I have you. you have impacted my life in the best way possible. Thank you for making me want to be a better person and student.
Your lectures are forever in my heart.