I'm floating on air right now

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  1. mmswm

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    Tonight was a hectic night. I had to take my son to the ER (everything turned out fine), and while we were waiting, I had a conversation with my father. It just so happens that my father just hired one of my old students. This particular young man just graduated from high school and was in one of my classes the first year I taught Jr. High. I taught in the inner city, and this group was particularly rough. In case you don't remember how I wound up teaching secondary, I took the job as a favor to a friend after this particular group had run off several teachers and even more long term subs in the first 2.5 months of the school year. To say they were rough was an understatement.

    So, I'm talking to my dad, and out of the blue he says "oh, do you remember "Joe"? And explains to me that he'd just hired him, and he was a great kid and a hard worker. He'd graduated from high school with a 3.7 GPA and was heading off to a big name university with a full scholarship in the fall. In the course of their talks while they've been working "Joe" told my father that having me for 9th grade Algebra I was the best thing that had ever happened to him. He'd never actually gotten a passing score on the FCAT before that year, usually getting 1's, which is what you get for putting your name in the test booklet. That year, he got a 4 in math, and got a 5 (the highest score) on his 10th grade FCAT. He told my father that he honestly believes that if it weren't for having me as a teacher that year, he'd probably be a high school drop out with no real future. He said that I was the first teacher who believed in him, wouldn't take his crap, and pushed him harder than he thought he could be pushed, and that he would never, ever forget me.

    Do you have ANY idea how wonderful that feels? All the bologna of working in an inner city environment suddenly became worth it, even if he's the only kid who ever feels that way. I'm bouncing around like a little kid, I'm so elated. :)
     
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  3. cutNglue

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    I have misty eyes because that's so darn inspiring. That's what happens when you have high expectations!
     
  4. mrachelle87

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    That is so cool...I got an email from one of my former students tonight. He was in my 2nd grade class and recently graduated last May from high school. He told me that he remembered promising me a room in his house when he built it. He wanted me to know that I was one of the best teachers he had ever had. Those messages make teaching worthwhiled.
     
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    (purring with satisfaction)
     
  6. queenie

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    :hugs: That's wonderful!!!!
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    I'm sure it's just one of many of your success stories, mm. But it's so great to know for sure.
     
  8. pete2770

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    That's heartwarming. :love:
     
  9. ku_alum

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    :) Love it.
     
  10. MrsC

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    Fabulous!
     
  11. MsMar

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    :) Fabulous.
     
  12. Marci07

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    I got misty eyes too. What a wonderful story. :)
     
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    What we do matters!
     
  14. Lynn K.

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    So often we lose track of students that have left us. What a great update to get! Congratulations!
     
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    Such a touching story! It truly is heartwarming. Enjoy the floating on air feeling.
     
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    awesome! Now write it down in that special place you keep memories.
     
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    Nice, m. Doubly nice that your dad relayed the information to you...gives him insight as to the difference you make in students' lives.:love:
     
  18. mmswm

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    Thanks guys :) It was really nice to hear such a positive update about one of my students. I'm still a bit giddy, even half a day later :)
     
  19. mrachelle87

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    :hugs:
     
  20. JustMe

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    LOVE IT! ♥
     
  21. JustMe

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    So very true.
     
  22. Marci07

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    Great idea. When times are tough then you can go look back at it and it will lift your spirits.
     
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    In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. -Jacques Barzan

    It's wonderful to hear when the fruit of your work becomes visible. If there is one life changed, the effort put forth is worth it.
     
  24. Teacher Chele

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    What an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    truly wonderful and inspiring, mm!!

    I'm sure "Joe" enjoyed telling your dad about how his amazing daughter changed his life :)
     
  26. sjnkate

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    That's wonderful!
     
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    And this is just one of the many stories from the kids you taught, I'm so glad the story made it back to you.
     
  28. catnfiddle

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    Stay giddy! You are a tremendous teacher, whether you're doing so in the public or private sector. Heck, you're a tremendous teacher to those boys. Just keep doing what you're doing.
     
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    Absolutely awesome!! What a proud moment for you... enjoy it!
     

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