To celebrate Thanksgiving Week, I would like to talk about the normally thankless job of education. As most of us are aware, educators are highly overworked and severely underpaid. It takes an immense toll on those of us who try to do it differently; that is in a way that truly makes a difference.
Being an educator is often compared to being a gardener in that we are planting the seeds and doing our best to encourage growth. Unfortunately the environment probably has more to do with our students’ success, or lack thereof, than we do. But sometimes those seeds take root and right in front of our eyes we see a student, or former student, blossom into the most amazing and beautiful creation.
And sometimes they take the time to let you know how much you have helped them in their development.
I got this today from JG, whom I had the pleasure of helping to move to his new campus a few months ago:
Once you said that living in the past was not the road to take when you want to move forward. Your uplifting character has inspired me to continue my life despite the struggles when it seems that hope was gone. When no one was there to listen or to give me the push to continue my path to success, you where there. I am glad that I had the honor to be instructed by an awesome individual that has changed me not only academically but as a person. These last two years were different when you where on my side. You were the person that started to push me and overall believe in me and never give up on me no matter the struggle or circumstance. There are no words that can describe how grateful I feel for all the help you have provided me in school and in my personal problems.
A no never came from your lips. A no was never an option, a no was just not a part of who you are inside and you know something a no or a can not do is not one of my options either. If you ask where I learned it, I learned it from the best and that is you. I could write pages thanking you from the bottom of my hear and none of the words I write could ever explain or come near to the real meaning and appreciation I have for you and your undaunted character.
You have become more then a teacher. You are a friend and a role model; a person that has taught me respect and overall achievement in the odds of
defeat. I admire you. Honestly the few times I had the chance to be
lead by you it was an honor to be by your side. If I had to choose a
battle and choose a leader you would be up front in my mind and overall
in my heart.
Once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you have provided me, and for never giving up on me.
A new chapter has been opened in my life and that is that I am now in
college, thanks to your advice and character and believing in me. I know I went down the drain with some aspirations, but I do not look at it as an end I look at it as a beginning. I know you will be there when I graduate not only from college but medical school.
Thank you Mr. V
Pardon me, I need to find a kleenex…