As a freshman in college, I have had many, many teachers in my day. Every teacher I have had up to this point has played a huge role in me becoming the person, and student, that I have become.
While I am eternally grateful for all the teachers I have had, out of the 50 plus teachers I had in my schooling career at this point, one particularly stands out in my mind.
To my English Teacher, my junior year of high school, thank you.
During this time in my life, I was going through a lot of issues in my personal life. School was not always where I wanted to be, or what I was focusing on. However, whenever I came into your class, it took my mind off everything, and it was somewhere I actually looked forward to going to.
You took an interest in every student you had, including me, caring about all of your student genuinely succeeding. This was something that meant that world to not only me, but many of the other students lucky enough to have you as well.
Prior to having your class, I had been losing confidence in my writing abilities, which was something that was hard for me, considering how much I had always loved writing, and because it had always been my best subject. Having you, and getting positive feedback from you, helped me to regain that confidence, and love writing again. Without you, who knows if I would be writing for a website like this, or doing anything else I have been doing involving writing.
You were always so patient, even in the hardest, most frustrating times, you never raised your voice, or got angry with us. That in itself is pretty admirable.
The time I was fortunate enough to spend in your classroom, helped me in more ways then I think you even know. You are such a kind, patient, helpful and encouraging individual. I will never forget that year, or you. Nothing you did went unnoticed, or unappreciated.
Thank you for everything.
Teachers are blessings to us all. Even though we do not always enjoy being at school, or see eye-to-eye with every teacher we have, we can all admit the type of impact a great teacher can have on us. When we are lucky enough to come in contact with one of these teachers, they have a profound effect on us, and for that, we are all pretty lucky.