"Nine tenths of education is encouragement" -Anatole France
As graduation approaches I find myself thinking a lot about the future, but even more so I find myself focusing on the present with an even keener precision than usual. It is in moments such as these that I feel exceptionally grateful for your influence. It probably sounds trite, I suppose. When one thinks of inspirational people in their life they usually tend to first think of family and friends, and while yes, those people have also been instrumental in my educational path, I can't help but think that I wouldn't have made it nearly so far without you. You, who cared when it felt as if no one else did. You, who pushed me to the limits of what I thought I could accomplish and then, with a smile, pushed me further past those limits. You, who believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself. You, who spent time with me above and beyond what average professors have done in the past, to make sure I understood that you were there for me if I needed you.
This is, in my opinion, what all teachers should be. Why aren't all of you like this? Why are you two the exception and not the standard?
Whatever the case may be, I am so grateful for your influence. Your belief in me helped to fuel my belief in myself, and I know that doesn't sound like much, but the confidence you inspired in me has helped me not only in the classroom but beyond as well. I feel as if I can do anything, be anything. You helped to do this, and for that, I thank you. After graduation, I plan on continuing on to get my Masters degree in library science. Although I won't be a teacher, like you are, I hope to bestow the same encouraging, positive, and guiding influence on all those who come into my realm of books and knowledge, as you have done for me. I know those who work in education, teachers especially, never get the thanks they truly deserve. They usually end up with budget cuts, tedious schedules, and a lack of support from their superiors.
Which is why I wanted to let you know how much you have changed my life for the better, and how I will always be grateful to you both for this simple yet true fact.
With all my heart, thank you.
The student whom you helped to give wings
"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll