:: indispensable ::
I found a card in my mailbox at school yesterday:
Dear Ms. K,
Thank you so much for all you've done for me these past few years. I have really enjoyed working with you as well as getting to know you as a friend. I also want to thank you so much for your recommendation letter. I know it is because of your letter that I'm going to Berkeley on scholarship. Aside from that, you've taught me a lot of life lessons that I will always remember. You've helped prepare me for this next part of my life and I cannot thank you enough for that. Our high school is far from being perfect but you are one of the better things about it, as well as one of the best teachers that I have ever had. I'm going to do my best to stay in touch and I will stop by and see you anytime that I am in town. Thank you again for everything!
A Recent Graduate
For a high school teacher, this kind of note is indispensable (absolutely necessary). It validates in a way that test scores and performance appraisals can't.
PS. My letter of recommendation did not gain him admission to Berkley. He is an amazing
kid young man with a bright future. We are in good hands with kids like him in the next generation.
PSS. We are not friends, but he knows that I care about him, for him . . . that is indispensable for young people. When a student has the feeling that I care, I can get him/her to do almost anything :)
PSSS. We treasure these notes from parents, too. When is the last time you wrote one?
For more Indispensable Corner Views . . . see Francesca.