Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Assignment #47. Write a letter to a former teacher thanking them for teaching you something.

I e-mailed my 8th grade Language Arts teacher last week, thanking her for teaching me something a little unconventional. She really did something very kind for me, and I never, ever forgot it. I never thanked her, so I was excited to show that kindness back to her. This is the response I got today.

Hi Kristen,
Yep! You have the right Mrs. G-------. Thank you so much for writing to me. Sometimes as teachers we wonder why we give so much when it seems like kids could care less if they learn something or not.
Your letter means more to me than you can ever know. I have read it about 5 times now. (The first time I cried) I have sent it to my daughter who now teaches high school and I have also sent it to some of my friends. Everyone has said WOW! This is why we teach!
I want to have the letter framed and put in my office (I am now an assistant principal at a high school) so when I need a little hug I can read your letter again.
Thank you again for writing to me. Congratulations on your achievements and enjoy your senior year in college. Those years are to be cherished as life is never the same once you graduate! You sound like you have grown up to be one pretty special lady.
P.S. Were you the short little girl with blonde hair? LOL I'm getting old and can hardly remember yesterday! I have to find my H---- yearbooks so I can put a face with a name.


erin - heart in ireland said...

That is so awesome. I think I might have to contact a few teachers who really helped me. I only hope to be a teacher who has that kinda impact on my students.

Olivia said...

This is so beautiful! I can't wait to do my own #47.

Your teacher is right, teachers aren't often thanked as they should be. It's beautiful how such small things can do so very much. (Speaking of which, I think you would like the song "Small Things" by the Audreys-- you can listen to it here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxsBOgPsmlY)

Thank you!

Emmers said...

OMG this is so sweet! :) It makes me want to write and thank a few teachers who had an impact on me too!

You should send her 2 pictures, one of you then, and one of you now, so she can put a face to your name, and see that you are all grown up! :D


Anonymous said...

that's precious. maybe one day one of my students will do that for me. even though they are in second grade i think i am going to give them my email at the end of the year, and as they get older hopefully they will keep in touch...we'll see. regardless, you made someone very happy with something that probably seemed so small. don't you wish more people did a little something every now and then?

love Mer

ps- i duno what u'r plans are for march 28 and 29 but theresa just set the date and we are going to jmu to visit/have fun with GOOD friends ;), and i know its kinda far for u, but if your not busy COME!

pps-miss you

ppps-i just really like to do that ;)

ppps-ok i know that one was overboard but i just wanted to add that i'm a dork!

Anonymous said...

Reading the letter you got back from your teacher just made me cry. Not hysterically cry, but a better, real cry. Haha! The tears are still running down my cheeks and I'm not even sure why!

You're amazing, Kristen, and I love you.