This past week M and I went to Richmond to stay with my parents for the week, and while we had a ball, the main reason I was up there was to honor a former teacher of mine who is retiring next week. She was my music teacher from K-5th grade, and when I say she was a spectacular teacher, what I mean is that she is a model of what every teacher should be. She was fun, she was engaging, she was challenging, she went above and beyond, she loved her job with a passion that was evident to everyone around her....I am so lucky to have been her student. Not only because she instilled a love of music and performing in me at a young age, but she also helped to show me what a great teacher looks like.
I attended the staff meeting at my former elementary school last Thursday (to her surprise) and presented her with a book of letters from some of her former students from the 90's. I, naturally, cried my way through my little speech I had prepared, but it was so neat to get to see her and share these heartfelt letters with her.
I may not be in the classroom right now, as I'm busy staying home with M, but after reading the letters to her, I was so so inspired by the teacher that she was and is. I can only hope that my students will think as fondly of me as we have of Mrs. C!
What a special afternoon being able to recognize such a special person from my life!