A Beautiful Letter from a Former Student
In the week prior to graduation, one of my colleagues has her senior English students write a thank-you letter to a teacher of his or her choosing.
Today, I received one of those letters. It reads as follows:
Dear Dr. Schneider,
My junior year I took your STAR teaching academy course. I knew before I stepped foot in the class that I did not want to be a teacher. I figured it would just be an easy course, something to boost my GPA, but it became so much more than that.
Throughout that year I learned so much about the school system and the changes that needed to be made. This was during a time where I was deeply interested in politics, and being able to learn the political side of education really caught my attention. It made me want to make a change.
You also taught, whether you meant to or not, one of the most important lessons of life. You taught, or rather showed me the necessity of passion and conviction. Throughout the course my appreciation for teachers grew, because I was able to see the passion and care they had for their job and their students. When a great teacher is in front of the class a fire can be seen and in that you can see how happy he is in that job.
I knew I didn’t feel that fire for teaching, but because of you I learned that in order to be truly happy, I needed to feel that fire for something. When I felt that fire, that passion I followed, and it led me to where I am now. This fall I will be majoring in psychology and following my true passion. Thank you for the lesson Dr. Schneider.
Your gracious student,
What a treasure that letter is to me.