Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Chance Encounter = A Happy Heart

Last night was one of those chance encounters that brought a smile to my face and love to my heart.  I happened to be late for an appointment as I couldn't find the address of the practitioner I was going to see and I happened to see a parent whose son I taught two years ago in grade two.

He was a kind child and we worked really really hard to make sure that he made it to grade level by the end of the year and he did!  We were all so proud of him and his hard work and it was one of those moments in my career where I felt I had made a difference, but last night was the icing on the cake we baked two years ago!

 This child's mom told me that I was his favourite teacher and that he wanted to write me a letter but they didn't know what school I had transferred to.  To be called someone's favourite teacher two years after the fact just made my heart happy and made me so proud to call myself a teacher.  I remember my favourite teacher and always hoped that one day maybe someone would say the same about me and it happened.  These are the moments that teachers live for and I'm so greatful to be honored in this way by a parent and their child.

 Unfortunately, since grade two, this little guy has been diagnosed with a learning disability and is having a rough year.  I hope I can write him a letter back that will help him remember how much success he can have when he believes in himself like he did in grade two.

Sometimes we all need reminders that we are on the right path and really making a difference in the lives of those we touch.  I'm proud to say I teach but also proud to say I do it with love that has been returned ten fold!

Happy Saturday!


  1. Oh, I so hope he can feel your support. It sounds like you guys had a special relationship. Good luck with helping him out. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. What a wonderful story. So glad you were able to be encouraged! I'm sure your note to him would really encourage him!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. That is a very happy story to read! It is nice for our students to remember us after they have gone on to higher grade levels. I have been teaching for eleven years, and it is always great to have one come back to say thank you or just to visit. Great story!


  4. I keep all the special little notes that I've received from kids or parents - all of them, in my school bag. Then, if I'm having a particularly challenging day, I pull one of them out as a reminder that I am doing the right thing. Brings a smile to my face!