As you may know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I have always been surrounded by teachers. Both of my parents were educators - my mother was a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher and my dad was a teacher and administrator in a high school. Growing up, I loved school and I loved my teachers. I have fond memories of one teacher in particular - Mrs. O’Neill. She taught me for both 4th and 5th grade. This is my thank you letter to her.
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Dear Mrs. O’Neill,
I hope you are doing well. I haven’t seen you in a long time, but I still have some wonderful memories of you and the two fantastic years you were my teacher.
I remember that you told us on the first day of school that you had a daughter our exact age, and it seemed like you had a bond with all of us because of that. I loved to hear your stories about her dance class or what you did over the weekend.
You showed us how music and songs are powerful teaching tools. I loved when you sang and had us sing all sorts of things, like the order of the planets. Whenever I think about it, that song immediately pops in my head to this day.
I never realized how much time you were able to take with each of us individually. I remember each of us taking a turn and going up to your desk to practice our math facts with you and have a small conversation.
I still remember getting 100% on a science test, and how you asked me what my studying strategies were in front of the class, so we could all learn from each other. I never even thought about what my strategies were, I just did them. Thanks for pointing out how important it was to know and use strategies.
I remember your gentle and good-natured ribbing about my first crush. I never realized I was so obvious. And I’ve never been more mortified because then I realized everyone knew. I put my head down. Then after a few minutes, I realized everyone else had moved on. So I did too. I picked my head up and got back to work. And I learned that while it’s uncomfortable, it’s also possible to survive embarrassment.
You made sure we learned in all sorts of ways. We did presentations - I still remember dressing as a Supreme Court Judge once. We also did fun projects in class too. I was so upset when I got chicken pox and missed the pinata week! I had been looking forward to that for so long.
I also remember when your husband died. You came back to work after a couple of weeks, and took the time to explain what happened to all of us, patiently answering our questions. I remember hugging you. And then you kept teaching.
I’m so thankful that I had you for both 4th and 5th grade. I’ve had a lot of teachers through the years, but you will always be my favorite. I knew you wanted me to succeed. And I didn’t want to disappoint you. You have such a passion for teaching kids, and it shows. You love what you do. And we as the students felt loved. Thank you for everything!
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