My beloved teachers,
I want to write this letter to publicly acknowledge all of your hard work in shaping me into the person I am, today. There are so many things I want to tell you all, but most importantly, how blessed I am to encounter you in my life.
To my kindergarten teacher: Thank you for being my first teacher. I still remember when I cried on the last day and you held on to my arm and reassured me everything was going to be okay. A couple years later, you got married and moved on to teach third grade. How lucky am I to have to you as I embark on my first year of education. I am so grateful that we got to keep in touch up until this point in my life.
To my first grade teacher: Thank you for believing in me when I doubt myself. English wasn’t my first language and math was no exception. I struggled a lot that year, but you sat me down after school every single day and taught me how to read. Your efforts paid off years later because I decided to become an English major, and it was the best decision I made in my life.
To my second grade teachers: Thank you for accepting me and nurturing my love for learning, One of you left for family reasons. Mrs. A, thank you so much for being in my life. Mama J, along you came, and I have to say, I am so blessed to have had you that year. My class was the class that inspired you to go back to teaching. I must say, your humor kept me laughing. Your positivity kept my spirits up, but most importantly, you taught me how to be grateful and not take life too seriously. I love you so much, and I hope you know that you are very much loved, in this difficult time in your life.
To my third grade teacher: Thank you for being persistent with me. Thank you for not giving up on me when I felt discouraged. Since you retired, I had not seen you for a while, but thanks to a friend’s memorial, we had a brief reunion. I am so glad, you’re in my life up to this point.
To my fourth grade teacher: Mrs. H, you’re such an inspiration to me. I was blessed with your awesome sense of humor, your love of teaching. I will forever remember my trip with our class to one of the missions. You walked with me and we talked about life. Thank you for choosing this profession. Thank you for being in my life always. I am so grateful for social media.
To my fifth grade teacher: Thank you for teaching me to stand up to bullies and fostering my love of reading. I will forever remember our kickball playing sessions with the whole class at noon. Thanks for being an awesome teacher!
To my sixth grade teacher: Thank you for getting me out of my shell and encouraging me to participate in the sixth-grade play that year. I enjoyed my part but I realized that I am so much more than just an actress on stage. My life is already a script that I’m enjoying. Thank you for reminding me to stay true to myself.
To my seventh and eighth grade teachers: Thank you for the countless times you’ve helped me realize my potential as a student. Because of you all, I’m succeeding in my work ethic. Thank you.
To my high school teachers and college professors: I could not have done it without you all. I’m blessed to be an educated young woman.
It’s been a privilege to be your student and have you all in my life. Not many students can say they’ve kept in touch with their teachers up to this point in life. Again, I am so blessed to have encountered you all along my educational journey.
Your beloved student