To My Former Teachers, Who Knows Where I'd Be Without You

To My Former Teachers, Who Knows Where I'd Be Without You

A thank you letter from a college student to her former public school teachers for teacher appreciation week.


You don't hear this often enough: THANK YOU! I wouldn't be where I am in my education and career if it weren't for you. I wouldn't be the person I am if it weren't for you. I wouldn't be as motivated or successful if it weren't for you.

Thank you for teaching me.

Of course, your job is to teach us curriculum, but you do so much more than just that. You teach us the information in multiple ways to cater to multiple intelligences. You teach us how to use the information. You teach us why the information is important. You teach us how to be nice, how to share, and how to treat others the way we want to be treated.

Thank you for leading me.

Not only do you teach us the content, but you lead us through our daily lives. You lead us through challenging times and challenging content. More importantly, you lead by example. You show us patience. You show us compassion. You show us how we can be our best selves.

Thank you for caring about me.

Regardless of all your other duties, you care about us. You care about us as people with a future, rather than just your students for the year. You see us as the sons/daughters, siblings, and friends that we are. You see us as the future spouses and parents we may be. You see us for who we are and who we could be, and you care deeply about helping us grow and accomplish that.

Thank you for being you.

Thank you for realizing that our emotions, personality, and development as people is just as important as the content you are teaching us. Thank you for spending countless hours before and after school talking to us, emailing us, calling or parents, grading our assignments, planning for future activities, and for always going above and beyond to ensure our growth and success as students and people.

Without you, I have no clue where I would be.

We wouldn't get very far in life without the knowledge we learned and experience we had in your classroom. We wouldn't be our best selves without your love, patience, and care.

On behalf of all students, I say THANK YOU to every teacher, teacher's assistant, substitute teacher, para, bookkeeper, librarian, nurse, custodian, cafeteria cook, parent volunteer, counselor, and administrator for your gracious heart. Thank you for being a member of a school that works daily to enrich the lives of our youth.

Teaching is a true work of HEART!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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