I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

23 Jul





At my triplets 4th birthday party our middle triplet got a tummy ache. She was standing in the middle of our living room when she got “the look”. It was all coming up. As she began to throw up, her preschool teacher flew across the room (seriously, I think she had a super hero cape on) and actually caught my daughters vomit in her hands.

“Um, did you just catch my daughters vomit?”

“Yes, what was I else was I supposed to do?”

She then spent the next few minutes helping me clean up what made its way to the floor and what made its way on to my daughter.


That was my first experience with one of my children’s teachers going way beyond their job description.It wasn’t my last and I can bet that there will be many more.

A few weeks ago two of my teenaged daughter’s teachers picked her up at our house and took her to lunch just so that they could spend time with her. It’s their summer break for crying out loud! They actually chose to spend their time off with a student, a student that hasn’t been in their class in 4 years. They were simply reminding her how much she is loved.

Dedication above and beyond.

When the triplets were in 1st grade our autistic daughter was going to have a substitute for the day and it made me panick. I told the P.E. teacher how worried I was that Justin was going to have a hard day. About lunch time I received a text from her that read “Just checked on Justin and she is all good!”.
This woman was in the middle of her work day but stopped to make sure my daughter was okay and to send me a word of comfort.


I was in the middle of getting my tires changed at the worst place on earth and my blood was already boiling. When my phone rang and I saw that it was my daughter’s teacher my heart sank. She calmly explained to me that my autistic daughter was having an epic melt down in the hallway at school. She said that she had never seen my daughter this way. She went on to tell me that the principal came out of his office, sat down next to Justin and asked her if she needed a hug. This wonderful man sat on the floor with my daughter and hugged her until she was okay.

Unmeasured compassion.

During another melt down in her classroom Justin’s teacher got on the floor with her, wrapped her arms around her and sweetly talked her down. The entire time this was going on she had 20 other students in the room to contain but that did not prevent her from comforting my child. She managed to continue to teach and focus on all of the students in her class and still make sure the singled out little girl felt safe.

Sincere Love.

Every year in April I have a Stella & Dot fundraiser to benefit our local autism foundation. These women are the first ones to show up and the last ones to leave. They all bring their checkbooks and do not hesitate to spend their extremely hard-earned dollars to help  this cause that is so dear to our family. I think we all know that they are not paid enough and I can assume that they are on a budget but that never stops them on this day. I then see the beautiful autism bracelet adorn each of their wrists for the rest of the year.

Amazing Support.

Justin’s first year in school her principal, teacher and special education teacher made a trip to our house after school hours. They brought cookies and a book. They wanted Justin to see them as people outside of the school and wanted Justin to be able to show them her world at home. I mean really, who does that?

I don’t know if my family has just been blessed with the best teachers in the entire world or if all teachers stretch themselves far beyond what is expected.

Every one of their teachers past and present is included in our prayers. My children are in love with these angels in their lives.

Myleigh cried all night the day her teacher went into labor because she was so worried about her and her baby.

Myleigh tells us all the time that her teacher can’t stop smiling and how much she loves her because of it.

Stiles 5th grade teacher still has a framed picture of her in her classroom and Stiles has the same one framed in her room. Stiles is now in 9th grade.

Bella’s teacher honored her at a PTA meeting for being an outstanding student in the community.

These women are paid to teach my children academics. They are paid to administer tests. They are paid to teach reading , writing, history and whatever else goes on at school that I don’t have the ability to teach at home.

They are not paid to show up at my house and spend their hard-earned money on jewelry to show support to my autistic daughter.
They are not paid to catch my daughters vomit in their hands.
They are not paid to sacrifice one of their summer days to take my teenager to lunch and show her unending support.
They are not paid to sit on the floor and rock my child during a melt down.
They are not paid to create amazing special education tools for me to take home in an effort to make my daughter’s life easier.
They are not paid to show up to a snow cone place late at night with their family to support my daughters homeless ministry.

I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

They don’t know that they are building the confidence of my teenager as she enters the dreaded high school years.
They don’t know that they are showing my family what it means for a community to gather together and support each other.
They don’t know that they are loving on a child so much that she lays in bed at night and cries because her heart is so entwined with her teachers.
They don’t know that there’s a little girl out there determined to name her son William because that’s what her favorite teacher did.
They don’t know that a little girl cries out their name to her parents when she is scared and needs to be comforted.

I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

My my family is in the process of moving to our new home. I took all of the pictures off of the triplets walls and left them bare. This morning I went in to wake them and found a picture of Justin and her teacher stuck to the wall where the other pictures used to hang. I told her that we were packing and that we had to take stuff off of the walls. She replied “I know, but that’s me and Miss Cooper.”

The picture will be the last thing to leave our old home and makes it way to our new one.

209 Responses to “I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.”

  1. Lisa huski July 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I wonder if you children attend school in Texas? I wonder because mine attend in a town south of Dallas TX. My children have also had AMAZING teachers!! I wonder often if they know how great they are, I tell them every chance I get!! Feeling greatful that my children love going to school because they are loved when they are there!!

    • Women With Worth - W3 July 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

      You guessed it, we are in Texas. We live in San antonio .

      • colleen July 24, 2014 at 12:41 am #

        I live in San Antonio. What district are they in, If you don’t mind me asking. My children are about to start school and I’m hoping they have wonderful teachers like this.

      • Women With Worth - W3 July 24, 2014 at 12:56 am #

        We are in NEISD and they go to Castle Hills. I’ve lived here all of my life and know for sure that San Antonio has many many wonderful teachers all over every district.

      • Mimi July 24, 2014 at 2:49 am #

        My career was as a counselor in NEISD. I have worked at many school in the district during my career and as a sub since I retired. Most staff members fit your description exactly. As a matter of fact, one of the Castle Hills teachers was my now 33 year old daughter’s teacher at another school. We always felt indescribably blessed.

      • Natalie Caviness July 26, 2014 at 3:37 am #

        My daddy is a teacher in San Antonio. And he is wonderful!! Actually he is in Kirby at the middle school there.

  2. Samantha July 23, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    She is truly an amazing woman and teacher. I have known her since we were 5. She loves her students unconditionally and speaks so highly of them both in and out of the classroom. The wonderful personality that you see in her classroom is the way all the time. Thank you for writing such a sweet message about such an incredible woman.

  3. Patricia Dorsey July 24, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Reblogged this on How can I control my class? and commented:
    Teachers are Amazing – here’s how and why we do what we are called to do what we do. Praise God that He chose me to be a teacher of elementary students.

  4. Eric July 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  5. Julie July 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    What a wonderful tribute to to teachers! I have been a teacher for 25 years and am so blessed that former students send me wedding and baby announcements, military promotion announcements and so much more. Being a teacher is so much more than just teaching the academic material! These kids become one of your own. I’m glad your children have been blessed with caring teachers. And yes, I live in Texas too!

  6. Nicole July 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Another awesome reason why my family should move to Texas! Out of all the teachers/educators my girls have had, the collective compassion and caring from all of them wouldn’t fill a juice box! It’s great to know that there are teachers out there who truly care about their students :)

  7. Miss Trayers July 25, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Thank you for this! As teachers many of us wouldn’t think twice about doing anything for our students, it is nice that’s appreciated. With so much negativity about us lately it’s really heartwarming to read your story!

    • Emily July 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      I agree completely. I’m a 6th grade teacher and sometimes the negativity from outside of school wears us down. Thank you for the reminder that what we do matters.

  8. Farwa B Naqvi July 25, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    This is such a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing this, made me smile :)

  9. Shady Corleone July 25, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    It was a really heartwarming account… thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience with us

  10. Patty Hambrick July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Dear Precious Mom: Thank you for taking your time to write this amazing letter! I’ve been reminded once again that God “called” me to teach! Everything I get to do for and with students of all ages is a wonderful gift from Him!!

  11. Cheri July 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    We do know what we are doing… that’s why we teach!! For those very reasons! :-)

  12. Sharon July 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! Lovely story, but there are “amazing” teachers all over the US. I myself have been in some of those situations…….on both sides. I think it is a wonderful , natural instinct!

  13. Tricia Garza July 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    My daughter went to Catholic school up until 5th grade. I was so worried about sending her to public school for her last year of elementary. She is also my most sensitive child. We were blessed to have an awesome teacher, who took a special interest in my daughter, but I think she did that for all kids. All year, she built my daughter’s self esteem and confidence, especially in math! I believe in a Catholic education but the best teacher my kids have had was her in public school!

  14. Kamie July 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    That is amazing and a blessing! We have had great teachers but nothing like you guys have had!

  15. Jamie Tucker July 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    A huge Thank You from this Kindergarten teacher of 19 years….I love my job <3

  16. Odie Beth Altman July 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Wonderful story!

  17. Julie Roman Courter July 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to educators. Thank you from another one.

  18. Janna Brackett July 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your story. I was a special education teacher for 32 years. It’s always nice to hear that someone appreciated what you did for their child, or that your boss and peers appreciated what you did for your students.

  19. Stacey July 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    This is wonderful. Our oldest son, who just turned six, was diagnosed with speech delay and other speech issues as well as Sensory Processing Disorder within a few months of turning four. It was hard on us, but we have always had a great support system with us with our friends, mostly from church. One such friend is a kindergarten teacher, and she teaches at the school district our son attends (we too are in Texas). We were able to choose his teacher last year, and naturally we picked her. I don’t think I could have sent our son to school had he not had her. She knows him, loves him, and will do what she can to help him. She hasn’t always seen him at his worst — meltdowns seem to be saved for home — but she knows he struggles with certain tasks (especially change of any sort) and would heap praise on him for what would seem basic tasks for other kids. She has been to his birthday parties, and we even met up and took our kids (her youngest is my oldest son’s age) to see the new Planes movie earlier this year. Any time I had concerns or questions, I could text the teacher. She was quick to send me pictures and texts letting me know how our son was doing on field trips (one was to a bounce house place, and she even managed to get our son into an empty bounce house for a couple of minutes. That was a big deal!). We couldn’t have picked a better teacher for our son.

    Our son, though, is having to repeat kindergarten this coming year. It was something we were sure would happen going into the school year, but it wasn’t an easy decision to make. What if he got a teacher who did not understand or care? I met with his [then current] teacher and the principal, discussed how our son does not like change, our (mine and my husband’s) fear that our son might regress if he changes teachers and buildings (some kindergarten classes are in a kindergarten only building while some are in the elementary building), and the like. After a lengthy discussion, the teacher and principal both recommended a specific teacher. She has worked with kids with speech issues like our son before, and if both of them and the speech therapist independently recommended this teacher, then I knew she would be good. I have had the chance to talk with her on several occasions, and feel comfortable with her. More importantly, our son really likes her. She is his teacher for a summer reading program currently underway, so he is getting a chance to spend time with her in a small setting, and in what will be his new classroom at that. She has already expressed how excited she is to have our son for next year, and we have already exchanged phone numbers. I am still a bit nervous about all the change for next year (I’m not too keen on it either), but not like I was. I dread the day that we can no longer choose our son’s teacher, but with a great team of people on our side — past and current teachers, the principal, and the speech therapist — I am sure that our son’s best interest will always be taken into consideration.

  20. Leigh Ann Maldonado July 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Wow this is wonderful. So thankful you posted. This only proves to me that I am in the BEST profession! It is the most difficult yet most rewarding profession out there. I am so glad you shared your story. I teach in San Marcos CISD. I have what we call an Intesive resource class of 6 students in fourth and fifth grade. Many of my students have autism. I may not make home visits but I love them like they are my own and I pray for each of them daily. I worry about their home life. When they have a tough day I wonder what I could do to make things better. My husband and children know them by name. I try and ignore all the bad publicity out there about public schools because I know there are GREAT teachers out there! Not to toot my own horn…but I am one of them!!

  21. hbishop728 July 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Quest to the Classroom and commented:
    Wow…that’s all I can really say. That, and I pray I can make that kind of difference in just one student’s life.

  22. mumof3 July 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Some techers just go beyond their job description and truly care about the the children they teach. We need to hear more stories about the good the teachers are doing because alot of the time we just hear the bad.

  23. Larry July 26, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    That is beautiful. My wife and I are teachers. We know dozens of teachers that behave this way every day of their lives without even thinking about it. Thank-you for celebrating the teachers you know!

  24. Heather July 26, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    You just described the type of teacher I want to be after I graduate college :)
    We absolutely need more teachers like this!

  25. Tabitha Redding July 26, 2014 at 1:03 am #

    YES we know what we are doing, atleast most if us are aware, its why we teach. Moments like these make us feel like we have made a difference in more than academics

  26. Zoe July 26, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    As a teacher that loves going to my kiddos events and being involved with their families, this blessed my heart. I don’t do these things because of the thanks, but it’s because the teenagers I am lucky to spend my days with become so entwined within me. I miss my kiddos a whole lot during the summer, and my parents and students know they can reach out to me whenever they need anything. Teaching is the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I can’t imagine being happier doing anything else. Thank you for writing this. Thank you for getting to know your children’s teachers. Thank you for responding to their texts, and for allowing them to remain in your children’s lives. Thank you for praying for them. Thank you for trusting the teachers and not always looking for ways to catch them up. Parents like you help teachers like us create the partnerships that we crave.

  27. Katherine July 26, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    I am a teacher and I just invited a student and her sister and mom over for an art day at my house — I saw them at the grocery store. We know what we are doing — we are loving, teaching sharing our lives with people who count. We do know.

  28. Linne Hoyt-Kerns July 26, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    What a beautiful story. As I work hard to get my degree in Early Education, I pray that I can be even a third of what these teachers are because that is what they should do – love their students unconditionally, as our Teacher loves us.

  29. Michelle July 26, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Thank you for taking the time to write and share your story. The politicians and media need to hear more stories like yours. I am a Kindergarten teacher who falls in love with each of my students every year!!

  30. Brenda July 26, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    A great article. I kept thinking, they can’t be in California where I am, as most teachers here would never do those things unless they had a bargained agreement to get paid overtime for some of things you mentioned. My autistic child was never offered hugs, or reassurances, instead was always sent to the principals office for not being responsive the way the teacher wanted him to be. This last year was horrible with a teacher straight out of college, who did not ever have experience with autism or disabled children. While I realize teachers are stretched thin here, its the little things that would make such a difference. It could be just our district too, as I know many teacher friends who go above and beyond for their students. Just not in Livermore CA :(

    • embrystical July 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Despite the fact that I’m in the UK, I can say with confidence as someone who experiences those kind of people quite a bit at school, that these people need to have more open minds. It’s not a lack of knowledge that’s causing it, it’s just that they’re not bothering to try and be better at understanding.
      Nobody at our school goes quite as far as hugs or visits, but they let you stay in class for sometimes an hour after the end of school, or at break, just to talk. You can keep cakes in their cupboards and chat to them via email in the holidays about work (or other stuff). Their reason for going that extra mile? “If we don’t, who else will?”
      (Sorry, this post just really speaks to me)

  31. Jennifer July 26, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing! What a great story! And as a teacher, can I say thank you to all those parents who say thank you to those teachers that go above and beyond. Many parents think their kids have great teachers, but seldom actually tell those teachers! Those few words mean so much! I can’t tell you how may times I’ve been moved to tears by a parent who shares how grateful they are for making their child’s first year in school so great! It costs nothing but means so much! ❤

  32. MaKenziee July 26, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    I am a teacher and have been struggling with some of my feelings of not being appreciated. I am looked down upon by friends and family for being “just a teacher”. This post…has encouraged me and challenged me to be the best I am be every day all day. Inside the classroom and outside of it. I’m so honored to be in a profession with people like the ones your children have had.

  33. tealtomato July 26, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    What an encouraging story! My sister is a teacher, and I appreciate everything she does even more now after having read this. Thank you!

    Check out my blog at http://www.tealtomato.com

  34. Kristin July 26, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    It was teachers like those described above that made me choose teaching as my career. They helped to shape me to become the person who I am today and the teacher who I have become. My son has been blessed with teachers who are just as loving, devoted, and inspiring. Teachers really do shape the future and become part of a family. Here in NJ, I often hear such negativity about teachers, yet I know so many amazing educators. From both sides–Mom and Teacher–I thank you for writing this uplifting, positive piece. You made my day!

  35. julie harwood July 26, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    Thank you so much. You brought tears to my eyes and make me want to persevere.

  36. shawn todd July 26, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Wow that is amazing and I’m only in high school and that just changed my outlook on life and all special children that is amazing shout out to the teachers

  37. Michael Murphy July 26, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I envy people who had those kinds of teachers. I’m sure my sisters do a great job as teachers but my experience growing up with the exception of 1 teacher was always negative. I felt like the teacher was the biggest bully in the classroom and created more damage than good for me. Important that good ones stay but bad ones gotta go

  38. 3rd Grade Teacher July 26, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I absolutely adore your article! I attended Castle Hills throughout my elementary years and it’s because of my teachers there that I chose a career in education! In fact, all 8 of my siblings went to Castle Hills and one is in his last year there. I know Miss. Cooper and a few other amazing educators at the campus. They’re truly a special bunch and I’m so happy you took the time to sing their praises. I love my job!!!

    • Women With Worth - W3 July 26, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      I also attended Castle Hills but that was many moons ago. I am so thankful that my kids get to go there now. It is an amazing place to be.

  39. brittanyjune July 26, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    My son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He is six. Your story made me cry this morning in the hope my son is always surrounded by such love from his teachers too.

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  41. Lisa Tuttle July 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I am a teacher and I try my best to support my kids in all aspects of their lives. I go to football, soccer, baseball and basketball games. One year I went to many football games and took pictures of one of my boys playing. I was usually the only one there for him. I printed the pictures and gave him a cd with all of them on it. I wouldn’t do it any other way because they are my children.

  42. just another s-a-h-mother July 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    A refreshing read. I believe that’s what our children’s school experiences should be like. But for all of the teachers commenting here and saying “of course we do those things” please remember that there are many who do not fit that bill. My son is going into grade 5 and has already had two teachers who have not done, would not and probably could not do any of the good things mentioned above. It’s pretty obvious when your “Mr. Social” 6 year old starts having night terrors and begs to be home-schooled (something he had never even been aware of) that there’s a problem in his classroom; it turned out to be a disengaged teacher. It was a very long year.

    That being said, please know that I also sing the praises of those great teachers he has had so far, making sure the teachers, the principal and the rest of the administration know how I feel, and how thankful I am. I myself had teachers like that, and, 36 years after I left public school, am still in touch with many of them, or even their children.

    These good stories definitely need to be told, and good teachers deserve praise and recognition, that’s for sure. But we can’t gloss over or ignore the fact that some people need to get out of that profession. For the sake of the children.

  43. Michelle July 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    This is wonderful! I’m starting my 2nd year teaching special education. I am in North East @ Eisenhower. This post is so amazing and I thank you for the recognition of all our hard work. I think it’s engrained in us to do whatever it takes to help a child succeed we know the cost and time invested will be more than worth it for the child and family in the end.

    Michelle B
    Miss, hey Miss

  44. Kandee July 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Wow! It is so great that you have these kind of teachers but even better that your shared your appreciation of them!

  45. RitaLeDoux July 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    My granddaughter diagnosed with Down syndrome and autism was in second grade and she had a “weird” seizure (staring and shivering) which lasted about 7 minutes just as she was being put on the bus. An ambulance was called but my daughter’s dear friend beat the ambulance there and the teacher satin his truck with London for the ride for the emergency room. One of the aids drove her own car following the truck to the hospital. The third aid was heart broken because she had to stay with the other students who were boarding buses! What dear hearts our granddaughter is exposed to daily!!!!

  46. titita2013 July 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you for your beautiful words. As a teacher you made my day and made me cry. It is so nice to be appreciated!

  47. Willis Brown July 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    If you want to rate a teacher, don’t give them a battery of test designed by politicians. Wait twenty years to see how their students have managed their lives, then you’ll know.

  48. Cindy Blanon July 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    We have some great teachers. My son as one teacher he invites and she comes to every birthday party. I have now met her husband and two kids and now watch them grow up. She never fails to give my son a big hug. On the first day of school there is a line of returning kids outside her door to get a hello hug before they start the new year. She has touched many heart. I have seen the best teachers and a few not so great, but it is the great ones that will live in my kids and my hearts. Bless all of you out there who take the time and care.

  49. lifemeant July 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Selling My Life… and commented:
    This is an amazing post by a parent who gets what we do everyday. A teacher is part of many families. We too, help raise children. For us it’s not about the money, it’s about changing lives. Our influence goes far beyond one school year. I especially know this is true after receiving a letter from one of my first grade students. She shared the difference I made in her life and she enters a prestigious Highschool. I never felt so proud. Read below. This is an amazing blog post.

  50. lifemeant July 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. It’s rare we see a parent who truly sees what we do for children.

  51. Missy July 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    So touching! Had me in tears! As a professional in the education field, it always very rewarding to have our haRd work recognized! We don’t look for tangible gifts, although they are great and it’s appreciated, just a simple, kind act like this blog post, qualifies as the best present ever. We DO go above and beyond the call of duty, but that’s what it should be all about anyway! I love each and every student I have ever encountered and treat them as if I birthed them. After all, we have them 178 days a year for several hours a day, in my mind, they are my babies to and I will teach, love, and protect them as such! I LOVE THIS BLOG POST!!

  52. annie21livinginusa July 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on annie21livinginusa and commented:
    Wonderful blog!

  53. Tiffany July 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    This was beautiful. I’m so glad your children have been blessed with the type of educators they deserve, and I appreciate your willingness to share.

  54. Mrs Haggerty July 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Thank you! From a 3rd grade teacher with many challenges every year!

  55. JunkChuck July 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    My kids had similarly great teachers at Eisenhower Elementary School in Indiana, PA, but from the sound of things those positive experiences weren’t unique. It takes a rare breed of individual to accept a job in which the hourly compensation isn’t much better than what a laborer earns, only to be constantly under-appreciated by a small but vocal minority of parents and used as pawns by unscrupulous politicians who constantly undermine job security, call for wage cuts and staffing cuts, decreased benefits, and better results–as per arbitrary testing–with continually shrinking resources. My hat is off to all of them.

  56. Jessica Wren July 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    It’s wonderful that your daughters had such wonderful teachers. but, am I a bad teacher because I refuse to touch vomit? Or because I prefer ( for legal reasons) not to socialize with students outside of school or to “love on” them? Or because I choose to spend my money on formula for my baby rather than trinkets that I don’t need? (I do think your teacher and your principal handled your child’s meltdown beautifully.) you are a parent who APPRECIATES sacrifices teachers make. A lot of parents and administrators demand it or, at best, look down on those who can’t handle vomit or can’t afford fundraiser items. It just sets an impossible standard for “average” teachers.

    • annehendrix July 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      Wow. Just wow. Don’t put down another teacher because you don’t do what they do. I can say, because I am a teacher.

      • MalloryOH July 27, 2014 at 1:56 am #

        Agreed. No one said anything about what you do as a teacher and whether its better or worse that what these teachers did. The article is not about comparing. I’m sure your sacrifices are there, even if they go unnoticed. I’m also a teacher.

    • Kelly Stephens July 27, 2014 at 2:52 am #

      To Jessica Wren. I am a teacher as well and I don’t believe that an impossible standard is being set. I believe that if you love what you do and you love your students it just happens. Good (even “average”) teachers just naturally nurture. It is just what we do! You don’t think twice about hugging your students. You do it because they need a hug. You comfort them because they need comfort. You clean up their vomit because you know you would want someone to do it for you or yours. I see from your picture that you have a child of your own. I wonder? Which type of teacher would you prefer to have for your child when he or she begins school? Would you prefer a teacher who keeps him/her at arms length because of “legal reasons” or a teacher who nurtures and takes care of his/her needs?

    • Debbie July 27, 2014 at 4:12 am #

      Just because some teachers feel they don’t measure up to the “impossible standards” some teachers set, doesn’t mean those teachers should not continue to set those standards. If it make you feel bad, do something about it, accept it, or get another job. But don’t tell others to stop setting the bar so high. The things described in the article come from the heart, if you don’t feel it, don’t do it.

    • Tammie Meloy July 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

      I agree. Don’t compare….it only tears down your own esteem. I’m sure there are a great number of things you do for your own students on a daily basis that makes a difference in their lives and their parents’ lives. I have yet to meet an “average” teacher, btw. :D

  57. clairesinclair July 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I am a teacher and I thank you for writing this. It was beautiful, heartfelt and so true.

  58. Angel Peavler July 26, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Thank you for writing this. From a teacher and mother.

    • Charles Carter July 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Great article. Thanks for sharing. I am a retired teacher- the memories never go away and they comfort me as I get older.

  59. Pat July 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    My husband taught for 31 years. When he died recently we received hundreds of emails, Facebook notes and even a newspaper article stating how much he helped each person, how they loved to be in his classes, even how they didn’t like the subject, but loved him. The word Love came up over and over again! He was a gentleman, a gentle man, a dedicated teacher who actually loved his kids, and they knew it. I only wish he had been able to read the wonderful comments his former student had to say and how many claimed he actually influenced their futures in a positive way. Send your child’s teacher a note telling them how they are appreciated. Have one day where every child in the room writes how much they like their teacher. I’m certain it will be deeply appreciated.

    • mollyg2011 July 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

      Sorry for the loss of your husband. What a wonderful tribute to celebrate his life!

  60. eileen marie July 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    We truly don’t (know what we’re doing)! A lot of what I do isn’t what I signed up for and certainly isn’t in my job description. I love kids, plain and simple. Thank you for the kind words.

  61. Molly July 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    I loved reading this! I am a teacher and absolutely love my job! We are so lucky to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students. So glad your kids have had such amazing teachers!

  62. mollyg2011 July 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Thank you for writing this. Don’t mind the negative comments by some of the teachers. Not all teachers are like the ones you’ve been blessed to have. I hope you emailed this blog to those specific teachers. Some teachers enteract with the whole child, not just academics. Its really nice when parents notice and appreciate all we do. May God continue to bless your family.

  63. Janice Little Strauss July 27, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Thank-you, Justin’s mom. You brought a tear to my eye. It is tough being a teacher in today’s corporate-driven education system. It is folks like you who help teachers get through these tough times and who help give them enough strength to continue to do their best for all our children.

  64. mollyg2011 July 27, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you. Its nice when a parent recognizes what some teachers do because its natural to them. Teaching should not just be about academics. For me and others, its the whole child that is important: home life, academics and peer relationships. I hope the teachers you wrote about have seen this blog.

  65. Melissa Larrisey July 27, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    On behalf of myself and all other educators, thank you for appreciating us. Your kind words have truly touched me and it means so much to know there are parents like you. This is why I love my job, and continue to do it everyday. To know I make a difference for even one student a year, is enough for me. God bless you and your family!

  66. Paula Willinger July 27, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you. As we, teachers, get ready to begin another school year, it is nice to know that there are people who realize that we really do love our jobs and your kids!!

  67. Jamie July 27, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    It sounds like you are in an incredible district!

  68. Tracy Valdez July 27, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    I think all teachers want to be and start off as these type of caring individuals. I think the regime at large kill it in most of them. I can’t think of a single teacher I have ever had that didn’t inspire me in some way. Imagine what they could do if their hands weren’t tied to testing, results, and more testing.

  69. romancingwanderlust July 27, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    Reblogged this on Educated Fun and commented:
    A great piece about all those wonderful teachers who have come into our lives. It’s so easy to remember the negatives, but keep your eyes open for all the beautiful, lovely teachers out there who dedicate themselves to our children!

  70. Marsha July 27, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    As a retired 3rd generation teacher. Most teachers think of their students as theirs from the day they come in their classroom until they die. It’s not that we think we just do everything we can to make sure their (our kids) learn everything they can not just about our subject but life too, and to do this we have to connect with each of them in their own way.

    I had many “bad” students that were angels for me and made good grades too, they just needed to be reached.

  71. treeves July 27, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Beautifully written. It just reminds me how important my job is. The impact we have on a student’s life can be beautiful or tragic. This is a great encouragement to give my very best to my students!!

  72. Allison July 27, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    I want to thank you for writing this heartfelt article. So much negativity is being said about teachers these days, its nice to hear positive comments about the profession. Your kids have been blessed with many great educators and it seems like those same educators were blessed with an amazing family to work with. I have saved this post to read again when I am feeling defeated. Thank you again for sharing your positive experiences. Allison (first grade teacher, Indianapolis, Indiana)

  73. Lauren July 27, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Beautiful! With all the negative publicity teachers are receiving, this was truly a breath of fresh air! I am a special education teacher, and I feel so blessed because I am able to work with my angels (yes, some even have horns to help hold up their halos :D) for several consecutive years (K-5). I love the relationship the children and I develop, which lasts beyond elementary school, because I know them – and they know me. I am their school mom, and many just call me mom eventually :) True, it can be a difficult position, as I work in a low socioeconomic district which causes additional trials, but I’d never dreamed of having such a rewarding career!

  74. Denise July 27, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    We know. That’s why we do it.

  75. Alice July 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Thank you for this story. As a Kindergarten teacher you have said thank you in a very special way!!

  76. goodforyou July 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Your teachers do this at the expense of other children

    • Nichole Lankford July 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      It is sad that you would say such a thing. Do you know by witness that these educators aren’t doing these things for their other students as well? My third grade teacher was like those spoken about. He impacted my life more than any other educator I have encountered. He took a personal interest my life and gave me a passion for learning where there had been only shame and a feeling of ignorance. He knew my family by name, all of them. Eleven years later when he had my youngest sister in his classroom he still knew me though we hadn’t spoken in a decade. The thing is….he did this for all of his students. I wasn’t the only one. He was a gifted man with a heart for children and education. I am 32 yrs old now. I still remember the set of his classroom, the lessons taught and the way he looked when he stood at the front of the room and told us stories of his time teaching in China. My point Sir or Madame is, that it is possible and very common for a teacher to touch the lives of each and every one their students on a fundamental level without sacrificing even one mind. It does not fully fall to the teacher, the student must choose whether he or she wants to be reached.

  77. Diana North July 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for this article. I read it in late July,while on summer vacation at the beach. It made me SO eager to go back to school next month! this will be my 28th year year in the classroom with first graders, and I absolutely love it.

  78. nikkijordanlifecoaching July 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    This is SO beautiful and so typical of many of the teachers that I have worked with!

  79. seriously July 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Why would you name your daughter Justin? Yuck.

    • Tanna July 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Admittedly, Justin wouldn’t be my first choice for my daughter’s name, but for Heaven’s sake… “Yuck” ?!? What about this story or that sweet little girl’s picture says “yuck” (other than the vomit part, LOL) ?

      there’s a lot more to take from this story besides the names of the children involved.

  80. Vicki McCormack July 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    My daughter is in her 13th year of teaching. She loves each of her students like her own. Sometimes during the year she will talk about “her kids” I have to ask yours or at school! She started out with first grade for 6 years then kindergarten 4 years, now she is in her 3rd year of sixth grade! The kids she taught the first year in 6 th grade still come to see her and talk to her about their home problems to peer problems knowing she will try to help and not judge them about any of it! Teachers are very special and I am so proud that I am a parent to one!

  81. Tam July 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I am a teacher as well, and I loved reading this. I want to acknowledge you as well, because I can tell that you are involved in your children’s education AND supportive of their teachers. While I know that there are bad apples in this field, I know too many beautiful teacher souls to accept that “bad” is the norm. Of all the parents claiming negative experiences for their children, I wonder how many are truly looking for and assisting positives. Thank you for sharing your positives so selflessly, and I hope you know what a huge part of that is due to you!

  82. Kris Sandwell July 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you so much for your kind words. You are right – we don’t know what we are doing at times, we just do it. Our students become “our” kids. We love them, wear clothes that can accept a variety of body fluids with ease, smile when we hear our names screamed in joy across a crowded store, spend sleepless nights concerned about our students, and love them every day. We may not always show that love but I still remember what my students taught me on the first day that I was the teacher – just love and respect us.

  83. Susan's Saddle Stands July 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    More teachers would be like this if they were not legislated on how exactly to think and act around kids.

    I had a kid in class who had been in mental hospitals and could go off in a moment. I kept cough drops on my desk for any kid who wanted them. Every day he would come in the room, fake a cough and ask politely for a cough drop. It kept him quiet and we never had any incidents in the class. Next year came the state law “It is against the law for teachers to give kids any food.” With one stroke of the pen I was no better than a drug dealer. I used to bring fruit and donuts for my students. Never again. The govt, through schools, wants complete control of how citizens are raised, from the awful school lunches to the mind warping. (Columbus was NOT our friend, the founding fathers had this fault and that fault, etc.)

    • loughmanchemistry March 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      I agree completely! One of my favorite motivators for my least motivated students used to be homemade cookies ~ chocolate chip, oatmeal, and sugar. I would tell them if they all handed in their work, I would make them cookies. I didn’t tell them how long they needed to hand in their work for before I would bring the cookies…. they would work and wait for me to make a big batch of cookies and thank me until the cows came home!!! Now I am the worst person on earth if I even THINK of bringing in such contraband!!! School lunches are tossed in the trash, I can’t bring in motivating cookies, the students are overly stressed out due to the CONSTANT testing, but I am the culprit here…. and I am very leery of hugging or touching students because I could very easily lose my job if I do so….
      However, all of that said, from the day those kids enter my room they become “my kids”. I always have (and always will) referred to them as that. My family and friends are always confused about which ones I am talking about…. the ones I gave birth to or the ones I spend most of my day with…..

  84. Prairie Garden Girl July 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on Through the Prairie Garden Gate and commented:
    So sweet and touching!

  85. Sarah Wolf July 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Double tears since I’m not only a teacher, I’m the mom of a beautiful little girl (a twin) with autism who is starting kindergarten next week. I have seen the amazing gifts of teachers and students from both sides. Thanks for posting this!

  86. Jen July 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I am an elementary school teacher and I thank you for writing this!

  87. Stephanie Mason July 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Our daughter is a teacher and we are always so proud to say that. Teachers have always been our heroes. We were a military family and it was the teachers who helped our girls transition into their new schools and surroundings. Bless them.

  88. Jan Naylor July 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    That is amazing Candice. I am so proud of you!


  89. Sarah July 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    As I begin my very first year of teaching in a few (very short) weeks, I can’t help but be so thankful there are parents out there like you. I hope to be someone that becomes more than just a teacher to my students. I hope that my students can look to me for guidance with more than just educational topics and I really hope that I can become part of their family. Thank you for this great reminder as we get closer and closer to “Back To School” season!

    • mollyg2011 July 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

      Welcome to the best and some days most frustating lifestyle/job ever. I’m entering my 17th year and am as excited as I was that first day in 1998. I don’t know what grade you’ll be teaching but no matter how big or small “your kids” will be, keep in mind that you cannot reach them without their trust. Give them respect in order get it, but firmly and gently stick with your expectations, and when you know them (depending on your age group) “love on” and so affection in the most appropriate way possible. I’m lucky. My principal and assisstant principal hug and show affection to us as their staff and our students daily.
      As a first year teacher ask many peers for advice, then go with your gut. There is so much the didn’t teach in college. Find a mentor you respect, you might be assigned 1, but that doesn’t mean you have you be their mini-me. Keep it simple, have only a few rules that you can enforce. Examples are: “Be brave” (saw this somewhere)- to fail, to try something new, to stand up to bullies, to be successful, to do what’s right… I use “Be willing to make mistakes”- that also encompasses respect, effort, preparedness, and I say almost every day, “If you aren’t making mistakes, then you aren’t learning anything new.”

      Sorry for the novel.

      Good luck and happy learning, cause you are going to learn way more than you teach this year.

  90. Becca July 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    A blessing to read!! Thanks for sharing!

  91. Emily July 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    From a special education teacher, thank you! This post had me in tears and was a reminder of why I go to work each and every day.

  92. Kaitlyn July 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    I just graduated high school and I can say I was blessed with teachers like this. As I go into my first year of college I will always remember the teachers I had in elementary on up. I’m also going to to go to school to be a special education teacher and I’m so excited and although I have a while before I finish college and become a teacher, I know that when I finally get to do it I’m going to be that kind of teacher kids hold a special place in my heart and so do missions and teaching to me if basically a mission its self so I know I’m going to love it even more when I think about that.

  93. Leslie Fields July 28, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    August is coming. I have 26 kids headed my way. I pray that I can be a difference-maker to my kiddos. Thank you for sharing your story – it touched my heart.

  94. Browyn King July 28, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    I saw this post on one of my friends Facebook wall, from Nebraska, and immediately recognized Justin from pictures in the clinic. Your writing touches the soul… You have a gift. Much love to you and your sweet family.

  95. mamingental July 28, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    Love it. Thank you

  96. Carolyn July 28, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Thank you for such a lovely tribute to your daughter’s teachers. I taught years ago and loved everyone of my students. I now substitute in the school district my daughter attended. As a sub I am blessed to be with the students year after year and am truly able to watch them grow. I am lucky; students, teachers and principals like me. One of the nicest compliments I have ever received was from an 8th grader who said she felt cheated because she only knew me for 2 years. I am excitedly looking forward to another year.

  97. Juliana Lee July 28, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    This is such a beautiful and heartwarming tribute. Thank you so much, EveryTeacher!

  98. Michele Green July 28, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    So, what about the other kids in the class who are waiting for the teacher to reign this child in? Taking valuable class time to accommodate one child. What sort of extra effort is going into helping the ‘over achieving, middle class kid whose parents are working their butts off to make ends meet?’

  99. Bonnie J July 28, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    Wow. I’m preparing to start my 19th year teaching. I still think about students from my 1st years. (In fact, I was searching on FB last week for one in particular that I remember well.) I can only hope that I make a difference for my students. I try to. I absolutely adore my middle school science students, and hope that some of them will remember me as fondly as your kids think of their teachers. Thanks for the smile!

  100. Justinn July 28, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    What a beautiful story! I have had the same experience with some amazing teachers. I also what to say I think it is way cool that you named your daughter Justin I as too am named Justinn (just with an extra n) and am female. I have never heard of another girl with my name.

    • Women With Worth - W3 July 28, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Justinn with an extra N. Thank you so much. Unfortunately I’ve received several negative comments on her name. She is named after her uncle and I love it. Thank you so much for the sweet comment. Looks like the girl justin(n)s turn out to be awesome women

      • drea July 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

        I love this name as well. It was on my list for my youngest girl but somehow got worked off the list. Feeling a little pang of regret…lol

  101. Missy G July 28, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    This is the sweetest thing in the world!

  102. erringreg July 28, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    I am a mom (first) and a teacher (close second). Your post made me cry. Beautiful writing, heartfelt. Thank you for sharing those thoughts with the world.

    • Flechia July 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Yes, I completely agree. I too am a mom, first and a teacher second. I love my students not because I have to; it’s because I can’t help but love them! Thank you for your kind words. We do not do what we do to get a pat on the back, but it is nice to hear it anyway. God bless you.

    • Melissa July 30, 2014 at 4:55 am #

      This made me cry as well! I was a teacher and now am a stay at home mom of two kids. We are lucky to have such wonderful teachers. Both of my children had the same preschool teacher and para for two years each. Next year my little girl will have my sons former kindergarten teacher. Last year my son had the pleasure of learning under the school districts teacher of the year. I appreciate everything these teachers do. I know how hard it is to be a teacher. And I am amazed at how wonderful and caring our teacher have been. I couldn’t even thank their teachers except in a long hard felt letter which I dropped off not before sobbing on the last day. They instilled a love of learning in my children to the point that they can’t wait to go back to school. I love teachers!

  103. Tonise July 28, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    As a teacher about to begin the 25th year of my career, this makes my heart happy! Thanks for being among the few who truly see how most of us feel about your/our children!

    • Carri July 29, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      If we’d have had teachers like this, I’d not have needed to homeschool.
      You are truly in a wonderful school- and I hope highschool is as amazing!

  104. jordan erickson. July 28, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Some teachers really don’t know what they’re doing. I had a teacher that humiliated me, that lectured me, that told my mother that I was rebellious, disruptive, and would never amount to anything in life. She made me dread English throughout my K-12. I reflect on how terrible she was as a person and how a person who wouldn’t have had an IQ scaled at 154 may have given up. Not all teachers dedicate themselves to the well being of their pupils. I wish they did.

    • Bee July 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      You are right, Jordan, not all teachers do care (and I say that as a 61 year old teacher, mother, and grandmother who has seen my fair share of uncaring people in the world). But, there are more good apples than bad in the teaching world. Those of us who really do care and who treat our school children just as we treat our “at home” children find peace in this article and will keep it close by to remind us that our mission of working with kids is appreciated.

    • Candace Bloom July 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      I am so sorry to hear of you traumatic experience with that teacher. I have had “bad” ones too. Teachers are just people and some people abuse power and intentionally enjoy stressing out others. It is the ultimate abuse of emotional power for teachers have the opportunity to lift you up or tear you down. You will never forget the feeling from either attitude. Another hurtful attitude is not caring at all, calling you by your older sibling’s name or not making any connection. Please put your feelings in their place and let them go.

    • Jackie July 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      That can be said of any profession. I am a teacher and I stay awake nights worrying about my students and planning things for them to do as well.

      I am also a mother of 2 daughters. I adopted a policy a long time ago, if I wouldn’t want a teacher speaking or acting a certain way to one of my daughter’s then I should not speak or act in that way to my students.

    • Donna July 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Jordan, that’s exactly WHY I became a teacher. My Mrs. Cooper swore at us, humiliated us, and caused kids to actually hide from the school bus. However, there were many, many other teachers who were outstanding. Mrs. Britner volunteered her time to allow me to do an independent study with her, not because she knew I needed another Lit class, but because she knew I needed someone to talk to every morning. Don’t turn bitter because of one bad seed. Use that to make things better for others. This story had me in tears, because most of my colleagues do these very same things… Without ever thinking twice.

    • Ashley Murphy July 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      I agree. This is not the norm. My two siblings and I suffered great abuse at the hands of our parents. There were warning signs, plenty of warning signs, that our teachers should have been the first to catch. Not once, NOT ONCE in any of our 13 years in public schools did anyone ask any of us “are things ok at home?” Not once were we referred to anyone who could help. Not once were we even given a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Not once were we offered food the many times we came to school empty-handed. I’m sorry, I know how much teachers love to toot their horns and say how awesome they are and how much they do for the children “without being paid for it”, but I imagine that the author experienced such outreach in her childrens’ school because she was present and involved.

      • Jodi July 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

        Honestly it really depends on the school, community and teachers. I know plenty of teachers who go above and beyond and some that don’t. As mentioned before, you have that in any career. People who see the job as more than a job and people who are there to get paid and not much more. You just have to try to remember and cherish those who can try to make your life better and forget those who didn’t. Easier said than done but a much better way to live. It is unfortunate that no one saw the signs or if they did, didn’t do anything. I can tell you from experience of people I have worked with that there are a ton of teachers who would have asked those questions and would have done something. I have given up my own lunch for kids who didn’t have anything to eat, I took my own shirt off my back to give to a student so they could perform on stage with our local symphony, when I used to coach volleyball I would bring healthy snacks for the team to eat before practice because I knew there was one girl who was not getting enough to eat and I know plenty of people who would do and have done the same. I assure you that there are many teachers who look out for their students and see them as an extension of their family. Again, as in every profession, there are people who will not hesitate to go beyond expectations and there are people who will simply say that it isn’t part of their job. Please know that although you did not have any that provided you positive experiences, there are teachers out there fighting to make sure kids do get them.

    • Christine Thomas-O'Meally July 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      And there are some mothers who don’t know what they’re doing, either. I had a mother who did everything that your teacher did. Some people shouldn’t be teachers. Some people shouldn’t be mothers.

  105. Shorty July 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of kindness! As school is quickly approaching, it helps remind me what is truly important as a teacher. I plan to show this to other teachers. Thank you!

  106. oncetherewasahappybunny July 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Your children have been blessed with such great teachers. It’s amazing to see people go above and beyond their duty for a job they much be really passionate about.

  107. Tina July 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher Mrs. Brown taught them lots of life lessons, taught them that the overweight child was no different than them, taught them that just because the boy with severe A.D.H.D., he was still the same as them. Some of the kids in the class struggled in 1st grade (depending on the teacher), my son was one of them, due to Mrs. Brown not being so focused on the “No Child Left Behind” curriculum, but to this day my son & I both remember & love Mrs. Brown, and feel like she taught the real “No Child Left Behind” curriculum. Unfortunately, the school saw differently & she ended up leaving to be a P.E. teacher at another school, I guess her boss didn’t have a teacher who taught her any life lessons. We need more Mrs. Brown’s in our schools.

  108. SusanIskowich July 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    My daughter’s 2nd grade teacher invited her whole class to her wedding because she couldn’t imagine not sharing her special day without them. And my 4th grader was sad the entire last week of school since it was her last week with her teacher. You are so right, we are SO lucky to have teachers willing and wanting to go above and beyond ” just teaching” I do my hardest to tell them thank you because while I think they know what awesome teachers they are, I feel that verbally hearing those thank yous reinforce that we appreciate what an awesome job they are doing.

  109. Nicole Jarvis July 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I laughed out loud when I read the first two passages. And by the ending paragraph I had a knot in my throat and tears in my eyes. Thank YOU. For being a teacher who teaches others about what I do for my living. About what I spent years at university learning to do. What my mother did for over 900 kindergarten and grade one students. What I do for our society. The tough kids? I love them the most. And it hurts me so deeply when I cannot help them enough. And so I fight with corrupt irresponsible government to regain a child-honoring society. Your blog post is the greatest gift you could possibly give us. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Nicole I know what you mean about loving the tough kids the most! I feel the same way I had the biggest soft spot for the tough kids with the messed up home lives. They were distractions and difficult but I just wanted to protect them the most I think. I root for them to succeed!

  110. Tera July 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on We are not meant to live forever. we are, however, meant to create something that will. and commented:
    Why did I go into education?
    Because I have had teachers like the ones depicted here. Because I don’t know how I would have gotten through college without some of my past teachers in my life. Because I have a strong & inspiring group of people back home that will a.l.w.a.y.s. love & support me.

  111. Diamond July 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    My daughter is entering 6th grade this year. I can count on one hand how many true teachers she has had an still have a thumb left. I love that the teachers and principle came to your house. My dream is to be a special education teacher and that’s one thing I have always said would help build trust and a relationship with a sated child. I’ve been through some major obstacles with my daughter and now starting with my son whom will start preK this year. But I lay in bed or drive down te road with my brain in overdrive thinking of new things I could try. I research many things to try. I feel like giving up a lot but I look at them and I get an ubundant anount of strength and energy to start again. You really have to adapt to all children. You can’t expect to start a school year with “this is how in doing things and everyone will learn it”. It doesn’t work that way. All children are different therefore you have to have a completely open mind on ideas. One of my daughters teachers even let’s all the kids come up to the front and work out a math problem because the way she teaches it may be harder for some and having 10 different ways to work it out will benefit everyone. I wish I could give all your children’s teachers hugs. They and the principle are truly Angels sent from above to help children. Not a good way to get a paycheck and still have summers and holidays off.

  112. Kimberly July 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Thank you for this story. I am a teacher and these stories and kids like your are the reason I teach. Good luck in your new home

  113. Young American July 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    That’s great. Some teachers do nice things for your children. To make any kind of reasonable statement about how heroic teachers are you’re going to have to look to the kids who are not so “easy” to please, the kids with parents who don’t throw birthday parties and invite teachers, to the kids who might have an diagnosed learning disability and parents who are either too busy, or too lazy to care. In my experience (MEd and a PhD) teachers ignore the vast majority of their students, let them slip through the cracks, or actively sweep them under the rug because they are challenging. Yes, some teachers will catch your kids puke, but then, so will some postal employees, or bus drivers, or carpenters.

    • scraig262013 July 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I completely agree with what you’ve experienced. I had a nephew at the very end of his 11th grade year; it was discovered that he’s in the 11th grade; entering 12th grade the next school year and he was reading at a 2nd grade level and could not do mathemathics pass simple multiplication. Now, just how did this happen. After some looking into, I found out that he had even passed these tests that students are having to take to determine if they receive their diploma. Surprisely, to find out; he’s an athletic. What kind of mess is this?. This it not an implication to all educators; I have seen some just like the one who cared about her student enough to catch the puke. I love hearing about educators who see their students just as their own.

    • Ashley Murphy July 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I posted my personal story before I even read this, and you have given me some validity as I know people are going to argue and say there’s no way that no teacher ever helped me or my siblings. But it’s true. With my un-involved parents, it was too easy to just sweep us under the rug.

      I’m going to take it a step further. The teachers I know now constantly complain about their challenging students. Students who are “challenging” through no fault of their own (“I have 3 kids in my class with food allergies! We can’t even have Reeces cups!” Seriously?! Get over yourself.) I get venting to your coworkers about hard days, but I am not a teacher. I don’t want to hear about your difficult students, because all I hear is “I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of white, healthy, smart children whose parents are happy to be class mom and buy stuff for my classroom.”

  114. Sarah July 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    My first year teaching 8th grade was last year. It was towards the end of the year and after that much time with kids you become unconsciously attached! You can’t stand to see them mess up or fail!! One of my troubled boys was having a hard time he wasn’t getting along with anyone and was wanting to fight everyone! He was so smart and I just saw all that potential being trine away! One day he walked by my classroom and was yelling at another boy trying to provke him he started down the hall to probably jump him before thinking about how incredibly stupid it is to step in front of an enraged teenage boy I jumped in front of him and yelled for him to go into my class. He turned and punched a locker as in escorted him into my class which was empty except for a couple of other students there for tutoring. He went into the corner to wait for the campus officer and just cried. I had another suicidal girl that saw me as an outlet to talk to and open up to, she lived in a messed up family and wanted to protect all the adults around her from screwing up. They become “your” kids for that 9 months. Some hate you, some love you, you really change some and some you just can’t reach, but when you see them put and about in the future they are always “my” kids! I’m also a mom and that motherly instinct kicks in when ever you see them in trouble! It’s an amazing thing to think about when you are able to think about the amount of kids that you get to change even in the slightest way! I’m no trying to say that I’m a super awesome teacher I’m just saying it’s the hardest most rewarding profession I will ever love!!!

  115. pammelah July 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I am an E.A at a Christian school, my fav part of our school is our ability to hug the kids! Best part of the day is walking in in the morning and running the hug gauntlet :) this is a big hard world, there has to be a place for kindness for kids to feel safe in. Who knows, my telling someone I love them may be the only kindness they see that day. Keep it up good teachers!

  116. atomicpicker July 28, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Another girl Justin here… I went 44 years thinking I was the only one! The upside of the name is that nobody forgets it.

    Lovely story, lovely sentiments. We love our teachers. and try to make sure they know how much they’re appreciated.

    • Women With Worth - W3 July 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      That makes me so happy! I love getting the sweet comments on her/your name. I love unique names. Thank you!

  117. Shelly T July 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    As a child I always wanted to be a teacher and although it took me 40 years to achieve this goal … I am finally living my dream. BUT … I really didn’t know what I was doing. I thought I would be teaching children academics, but the truth is … I do more. I hope that there will be a child out there that feels this way about me, because I truly want what’s best for all children.

    Your story made me cry, and appreciate and value that I do have the power to touch the life of a family (and child) in a very powerful way.

    Thank you!

  118. Jill July 29, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    When my now 34 yr old son was in Kg, two weeks before the end of school, his teacher was awful to him. He raised his hand abd asked to go to the bathroom. She told him to wait. He tried three more times. Finally he couldn’t hold it and he wet his pants. The teacher and the kids made fun of him. I was called to pick him up. I couldn’t make him face going back to that classroom,so I told him school was over for the year. What would make a teacher do something like that?

    • Rose July 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      I am a teacher, and a mom…I had a teacher do this to my son as well, in KG and 1st grade. After the second time, I informed my son and his teacher that he had my permission to leave the classroom if they wouldn’t let him and then they could take it up with me. He didn’t miss any school feeling embarrassed about it because it wasn’t his fault. I didn’t teach my son to be disrespectful, but I wasn’t going to let him be disrespected either! Teachers sometimes try to control more than they can, like children’s bladders! And I love this story, by the way…I’ve been missing my school babies all summer!

  119. Lauren July 29, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    As a teacher who loves my students more than anything, thank you for writing this.

  120. Chelsea July 29, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    I am an education student getting ready to become a teacher and this helped me to remember why I’m working towards my two degrees so relentlessly, a needed reminder entering the second last year of my six year program – those of us who are in it for real are in it for this.

  121. nicoleparish1018 July 29, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Reblogged this on Dearest Depression and commented:
    This is absolutely beautiful. What a description for teachers to live up to! It takes quite a bit to bring tears to my eyes. This post was very successful in doing just that. As a teacher, this is the kind of legacy I want to live. Praise the Lord for teachers who see their job as a calling and not just an occupation or career. Thanks for a wonderful post!

  122. These Little Lights July 29, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    I hope every teacher gets to read this. It is just beautiful. I feel the same way about my daughters kinder teachers. Above and beyond.

  123. rmk104 July 29, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story and thanks for sharing your appreciation for what we teachers do! It is so rare to hear thank you !

  124. Tricia King July 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    I am a mother of two and a high school English/ special education teacher. You’re right when you say “we don’t know what we’re doing.” When a student or parent reminds me of something I’ve unknowingly done to impact them I normally respond in an awkward way. As teachers and mothers, we just don’t think about our responses when we’re in the moment. We just do what we would want someone to do for our children. THANK YOU for thanking and being so grateful to the teachers in your and your children’s lives. That’s all we need and that makes it all worth it.

  125. embrystical July 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Utalentia and commented:
    I’m definitely going to have to come back and elaborate on this later, but for now all I’ll say is this, to all teachers: when you go that extra mile, no matter what it is – if it’s catching people’s puke or just letting someone sit in a quiet room for a bit with you – then you just need to give yourself a round of applause, because not everyone bothers like you do.

  126. Ms. Halper July 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi, I’m a teacher. And yes, we know what we are doing. The sad thing is, no one else does.

  127. MissH July 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Thank you for this. These are the comments/moments/memories that make the long, and sometimes very challenging hours more than worth the dedication. <3

  128. yearofthedyke July 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Reblogged this on Year of the Dyke and commented:
    Amazing post about teachers and just how great they can be (:

  129. mrsmata July 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    I am a teacher and started a movement called Research, Teaching + Service for this very same reason. TEACHERS go beyond their call of duty and give of themselves, many times without anyone being grateful or appreciative to them. TEACHERS need inspiration and support! Anyone looking to be apart of a beautiful community and make a difference in teachers’ lives, please join us at http://researchteachingandservice.wordpress.com/

  130. Meghan July 29, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful. I have been teaching high school social studies for 5 years now, and I can’t tell you how much this touched my heart. I have students who hate my guts, but those are the kids who I hear from when they go to college and say “I finally get why you did {insert reason why they hate me}.” I got married this summer, and my husband (who is also a teacher) were blessed to have some of our former students attend our wedding. They cried with us, helped set up and break down, and show us love. You know why? Because they wanted to support us on our big day, the way we always supported them. I cried like a baby, and so did my husband. Please know much it means to have someone recognize our hard work and dedication, because at the end of the day, we love those kids like our own. I actually don’t have a desire to have my own children because I have at least 100 every semester that need my love and attention. Thank you again!

  131. Kathy Meinhard July 30, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    While I am not a teacher but I am a full time home ABA therapist. This made my heart smile. I do know that when a teacher or therapist has the support of parents it is so much easier and enjoyable to go the extra mile for “our kids”. You have obviously made each and every one of your daughter’s teachers and therapists feel like you appreciate everything they do. Way to go Mom!

  132. JESSICA July 30, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    As a preschool teacher & administrator, during a rough week… Thank you.

  133. Jerry Noel July 30, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    What a great post. My kids also have awesome teachers! And one of my boys has autism. All of his teachers embrace him. It’s awesome

  134. Schae July 30, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Most teachers are great but my teenaged brothers history teacher called him eeyore in front of his whole class because of his pretty monotone voice. I couldn’t believe that and am glad to hear these other great stories!!

  135. teachingmama July 30, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    These are wonderful teacher stories. I love to hear that there are so many caring people out there. I have been teaching for 12 years and I am always saddened by the teacher bashers. Yup, there are crappy teachers out there who don’t go out of their way to help anyone. We’ve all had them. We’ve also all had a crappy doctor with zero bedside manner. Have you every had your doctor come to your house to support a fundraiser or take your child for lunch? Not likely. I think that the point of this post is to remind people of the good that some teachers do that is not a job requirement. We also don’t need to be publicly patted not the back. It is just nice to be supported. I love my students. Once I teach them I am invested in their future, even when they are in another class. I care about who they will become, that they are safe and doing well. Some students even hang out at my house with my own children to get a break from their not so great home life. I have had kids, “slip through the cracks”, not because I let them, but because I did everything I could to get them what they needed and hit walls at every turn. And, yes, sometimes those walls are the parents. I am not denying anything that has been posted, because the rotten stuff happens and it sucks. A parent like this lady is obviously working as a team with her children’s teachers, not an opponent. That makes a world of difference. Thank you for sharing this.

  136. Jennifer July 30, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    This touched my heart I have an autistic son. I worry everyday how school will be for him. He turns three in August then starts preschool shortly after and I hope his experience is as good as your daughters.

    My father is a retired army Sargent that teaches high school wood shop. As much as he complains about his students he has lots of fun with them as well.He has so many stories of the children coming to thank him at the end of the year.He had one student that was hard to work with that he had a sit down talk with that he had to straight out tell him if you continue on this way you will not graduate high school. You will not be able to do anything with your life. A couple years later that student stopped him in the hall and told him if you had not given me that wake up call I would not be graduating this year and told him that he expected my dad you come to his graduation.

    When my dad had open heart surgery he had several visitors every day from the principal of the school to his substitute teacher. When he finally was able to go back the students gave him overwhelming welcome back with hugs and tears all the way around. He thought he was the mean teacher but he now knows the kids love him. :)

  137. love2write28 July 30, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    I hope that I encounter teachers like the ones u describe as my kids get older. They are only entering 1st & 2nd grade so only met a few so far, non like what u talk about though.

  138. sibejo July 30, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    information is very interesting, thank you

  139. Paula Archdeacon July 30, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Awesome–thanks for sharing!!

  140. Catie July 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on As told by CatMan, The Rose Bandit and commented:
    Don’t underestimate your child’s teachers. They enrich lives beyond what we directly see. It is amazing how many teachers have not only taught book lessons, but life lessons as well! Thank a teacher today!

  141. Nancy July 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Where I work, this is typical. Teachers have hearts of gold. Thank you for taking the time to recognize it in writing. :-)

  142. Linda July 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Hello.. I feel that way too.. I had some bad teachers also.. I had two of my older sister favorite teachers.. Pick on me because I’m not my sister.. My sister like the subjects and
    I didn’t but I tried and all they did was pick on me .. saying that I will never make it in this big world.. After 30+ years out of school.. I’m better off than my sister.. Course.. We have our differences..

  143. Janell July 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    As a teacher my self this made my heart melt!!! This is what teaching is all about, going beyond the classroom!!!! I love this story, and will continue to share it!!! God Bless your family and all the teachers connected with you!!!

  144. A Morning Grouch July 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. As a high school special ed teacher I especially appreciate that you notice and appreciate them. Thanks for sharing.

  145. Jen July 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    I would seriously like to know where your kids go to school. Sounds like a wonderful community!

  146. Amita DA July 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    DANG it!!

    Where were THESE kinds of warm, compassionate and understanding teachers when I was in school?!? Why did I have to get ALL or at least, almost all the (or at least what seemed/seems like it) rigid, inflexible, compassionate, intolerant teachers, like my b*tch 1st grade teacher, who’d give me detentions pretty much every fricking schoolday (even likely knowing that I’d get hit at home because of it!) just because I couldn’t sit still in class for hours a time without moving or fidgeting!!

    Why couldn’t I ever get the teachers who’d give me hugs and hold me, instead of detentions? Where were the teachers to visit me at home (like the teachers of this author’s kids did) and spend time trying to get to know me, and understand everything I was going through at home, with serious illnesses of both parents and other trauma, instead of just sending home negative progress reports (complete with frowny faces colored in with yellow, orange, or red, depending on the severity of my “offenses”) and/or detention slips for parental signature and considering their job done?!?

    If I sound bitter & resentful, maybe I am. So sue me! 👺

    Maybe if I’d been lucky enough to have had even one TRULY GREAT teacher LIKE THIS (although not all the teachers I had over the years were “bad” per sé, still, IIRC, I don’t think there were ANY that could be called TRULY GREAT) I wouldn’t have felt like I was totally stupid & worthless for the majority of my life, in some ways even to this day — low, even non-existent self-esteem that was a major contributing factor in eventually becoming suicidal & self-injurious in HS and immediately thereafter! :(

    Maybe if I’d had even JUST ONE, truly great teacher like this, I wouldn’t have gone from LOVING to read & learn to absolutely detesting school and actually having stomach pains and nausea most mornings — effects which still continue to this day (even though I’ve been “out of school” for years, I still get nauseous in the mornings when waking up — especially if I get up early in the morning, like around the time [6AM – 8AM] I’d have to get up to go to school) and maybe if I’d had EVEN ONE, just TRULY GREAT teacher like this, I wouldn’t have ended up dropping out of school before getting a college degree!!

    Seriously, WHERE were all these IMPECCABLE teachers during the around 20 years (counting the on & off years of college before dropping out completely) that I was in school from preschool to college??

  147. Ericka July 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking the time to write this and share your experience and your family!

  148. Rachna Kiri July 31, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    Reblogged this on Of Words and Letters and commented:
    I love this. I miss the teachers who helped me along the way, encouraged me, inspired me, and gave me the confidence I needed when I was younger. And I am so incredibly proud of all my friends who are now teachers or going on to becoming teachers. You guys are amazing, and I truly admire you. Thank you for everything you do.

  149. ghdkjlafkl July 31, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    As a teacher, I clicked this link from facebook. The only thing there was the title. I was fully prepared to be angry by others’ not understanding, based on the title. Yet, I want to read these things, so that I can have respectful answers prepared when someone approaches me who just doesn’t get it. However, rather than being angry, I am left in tears. This is what teachers do every day. If we didn’t care about the students, we would leave and make twice the salary elsewhere. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to teachers; thank you for understanding.

  150. M. Houser July 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Thank you. Yes, teachers like me and my peers do those things and more. It is just love for kids and wanting good for them. I go to their graduations, their weddings, have their children in class….one little boy chose me as his friend he was allowed to take on vacation. To FRANCE. Oh , there are so many more than me. But, here in Wisconsin, people take us for granted, denigrate us as greedy, our own governor tells the world we have no worth and need much more fixing to come up to his college dropout standards.
    So an article such as this…really priceless. Thank you. <3

  151. Trish August 1, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    What a precious story. I teach 6th grade Math and in an inclusion setting. I love it..I have had wonderful experiences over the last 31 years in four states including Tx La Ga Ma . I have never regretted my calling/profession. Unfortunately for students as well as us caring teachers, there are those that should be selling cars instead of working with children young or on the college level. Because of their attitude they miss out on the most wonderful relationships ever.. The love of the student for their teacher.

  152. Brittany B. August 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I’ve been teaching for a year and I am so often discouraged when my family and strangers alike say “oh, you’re a teacher?” Or “why go into a field where you’re underpaid?” They don’t understand that the paycheck is the last thing on my mind when a student comes in looking upset and I wonder how I can make him feel better or when a student FINALLY grasps a concept they once struggled with. It’s the little moments that I’m paid with. Everyone should read this, I’ll certainly be sharing it. Thank you again!

  153. Samantha August 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    This is awesome. I’m studying to be a first grade teacher and stories like these make me hope that I can be just as loved and appreciated by families as your’s has been.

  154. samig7 August 2, 2014 at 1:27 am #

    Reblogged this on samig7 and commented:
    love, love, love. Everything that I could ever wish to be.

  155. Isu Somaratne August 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    This is really awesome. It reminds me, my 1st grade teacher who passed away 5 years ago because of a cancer. She was my favorite teacher ever.

  156. chanamiata August 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    I love this story. I am a homeschooling mom in Maryland. I love homeschooling, but started out of necessity. If our schools- any of them- had teachers this lovely, I probably would not be homeschooling, because they’re would be no need. You make me want to love in Texas! I wish other states/school districts could do whatever you all are doing. I feel so strongly that if, as a society, we’re going to mandate education, it should be good for everyone, not just those who can afford private school or are homeschooling. That’s waytoo manyawesome teachers for it to bea fluke. Y’all are doing it right down there! I wish others would follow your lead. Thanks for sharing.

  157. tuesday2 August 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on Tuesday2's Blog and commented:
    This is why we became teachers; we are the lucky ones.

  158. Rob Olver August 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    This article is beautiful. I watched my Mom as a dedicated education specialist while I was growing up, and never once did I get the impression that my Mom wasn’t aware every day of the sacrifice she was making for “her” kids. It is an unfortunate truth that less teachers every year are willing to make those sacrifices, but it is all the more touching when they do because they know exactly what they’re giving up, and they have decided that it’s a price they’re willing to pay…

  159. Sarah August 3, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    As a teacher, it makes my heart so happy to see others being recognized for what they do. Thank you for that. To respond to your comment that what we’re paid for is to teach, you’re absolutely right. However, I don’t think that’s why the vast majority of us went into teaching. As far as I’m concerned, I am also being paid to be there for those children in any way they need me. The greatest joys in my career have been loving 24 new children every year and watching each and every one of them grow and blossom. To have a little girl who was too shy around strangers to ask to go potty develop into a child who volunteered to say Grace at a large gathering of her parent’s friends. If I’m trusted enough to have those precious little lives in my hands every day, you can bet I’m there to love, comfort, sacrifice, and do anything at all every one of them needs. And yes, I’ve caught vomit in my hands on more than one occasion.

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  161. pphoto August 5, 2014 at 1:54 am #

    Make me cry. This was beautiful. M

  162. Jessica Jenkins August 7, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    I feel like this person is complaining a little. Teachers are usually nice from Elementary school up to maybe middle school. My intermediate math teacher took me and several other students (males and females) with parents consent of him taking us out to see the movies and walk around the mall. This is simply a kind gesture. Teachers are not just teaching us pages from a book, they are also teaching social skills and how to interact with other kids that you usually wouldn’t. How to show kindness and even bonding for the sake of developing ones character. Be appreciative with the sort of teachers your daughters have! Unless you’ve been in a private school with nuns for teachers, you really don’t understand how harsh they are and that they are given permission to do what they call “disciplining”.

    • Jessica Jenkins August 7, 2014 at 3:58 am #

      I forgot to mention that I do like the article however.

  163. TheDeeZone August 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    As an educator who is about to start my 18th year thank you. Sometimes I wonder if I’m really making a difference. Oh yes and you have reminded me of another reason why I miss Texas.

  164. Bobbie August 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    This was beautifully written! I have been extraordinarily blessed to teach for 33 years, ranging in ages from 4 to 10. I understand the importance of expressing the dedication, love and involvement teachers GIVE. I want to express that while we do certainly give out of the best places in our hearts, what we receive is far more than any one can fathom. My students and their families became my family as well. My life has been made better by knowing these children and their families-I invested in them and what has returned to me cannot possibly be measured. I am in contact with many of my former students-some who have their own children now. Imagine the joy I experience when I am introduced to their family! My eyes and my cup runneth over!!

  165. Kim Munoz (@KMunoz28) October 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Why did this make me cry!? I am so glad that you guys have had amazing luck with teachers. Thankfully we have too (NISD) Not quite as amazing as yalls, but my oldest has some pretty awesome ones that have nurtured his love of school! Thanks so much for sharing!

  166. Atima Lactivist-NoVax Xavitna February 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    DANG it!!

    Where were THESE kinds of warm, compassionate and understanding teachers when I was in school?!? Why did I have to get ALL or at least, almost all the (or at least what seemed/seems like it) rigid, inflexible, compassionate, intolerant teachers, like my b*tch 1st grade teacher, Sandy DeMarco Gumtow (Sandy Mastrangel when I was unfortunate enough to be in her class) who’d give me detentions pretty much every fricking schoolday (even likely knowing that I’d get hit at home because of it!) just because I couldn’t sit still in class for hours a time without moving or fidgeting!!

    Why couldn’t I ever get the teachers who’d give me hugs and sit on the floor to hold me, instead of detentions? Where were the teachers to visit me at home (like the teachers of this author’s kids did) and spend time trying to actually get to know me, and understand everything I was going through at home, with serious illnesses of both parents and other trauma, instead of just sending home negative progress reports (complete with frowny faces colored in with yellow, orange, or red, depending on the severity of my “offenses”) and/or detention slips for parental signature and considering their job done?!?

    If I sound bitter & resentful, maybe I am. So sue me! 👺

    Maybe if I’d been lucky enough to have had even one TRULY GREAT teacher LIKE THIS (although not all the teachers I had over the years were “bad” per sé, still, IIRC, I don’t think there were ANY that could be called TRULY GREAT) I wouldn’t have felt like I was totally stupid & worthless for the majority of my life, in some ways even to this day — low, even non-existent self-esteem that was a major contributing factor in eventually becoming suicidal & self-injurious in HS and immediately thereafter! :(

    Maybe if I’d had even JUST ONE, truly great teacher like this, I wouldn’t have gone from LOVING to read & learn to absolutely detesting school and actually having stomach pains and nausea most mornings — effects which still continue to this day (even though I’ve been “out of school” for years, I still get nauseous in the mornings when waking up — especially if I get up early in the morning, like around the time [6AM – 8AM] I’d have to get up to go to school) and maybe if I’d had EVEN ONE, just TRULY GREAT teacher like this, I wouldn’t have ended up dropping out of school before getting a college degree!!

    Seriously, WHERE were all these IMPECCABLE teachers during the around 20 years (counting the on & off years of college before dropping out completely) that I was in school from preschool to college??


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