With my birthday approaching, several students wished me happy birthday today. One brought me a bagel. Another made me a card decorated with balloons (noting it was the extent of his artistic capability). The writing in the card made me very happy.
I hope that you are able to have a day full of celebration without nagging parents and the weight of responsibility.
I want to thank you for challenging me as a student and as a person. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning calculus and hanging out with you in class this year.
You are a fantastic teacher and role model and deserve the best day!
Stay Golden Mr. Math Teacher,
These moments help me to remember why I teach. They are so needed these days!
Our monthly professional development session this morning included a panel on student success stories. Several students recounted how they overcame challenges in their lives ultimately enabling them to succeed in high school. Their stories were inspirational, heartbreaking, and, at times, humorous. My time was well spent, and my teacher batteries topped off.
Providing the greatest charge, one of the student panelists recounted how one course, and its one teacher, changed her life. As she described her year in the course, and the extended support provided by the teacher, I choked up slightly as I soon learned she was speaking about me.
It felt great to know a student appreciated my effort to help her and her classmates learn calculus. She persevered in the course working from a prerequisite deficit, as had many of her classmates. However, her personal struggles towered over any issue her classmates faced.
She is one impressive young lady destined for greatness. I am honored I had the opportunity to teach her, and wish her health and wealth as she moves toward graduation this spring and college in the fall. She starts at an Ivy league school on a full-ride with the world at her doorstep.
God bless America.