We've all had them both, good teachers... and bad teachers.
There were the ones that loved us like we were their own children, and the ones that we dreaded seeing every single day.
Let's not forget the ones that went above and beyond to make sure we knew we were welcome in their classrooms! And the ones that went above and beyond to be total jerks.
I remember my good teachers first. In kindergarten, I had Mrs. B. She was amazing and made me feel like I was part of a family instead of just a classroom. Mrs. Elders was in 1st grade, and she was great, too. Ms. Twibell in 3rd grade was probably my favorite.
Mrs. Thompson was my 2nd grade teacher and still to this day I remember the grumpy look she had on her face every. single. day. Mrs. McBride constantly told me I was smart but a brat... I think that was probably true, but you aren't supposed to tell a student that!
Middle school was bad. I very rarely had a teacher I liked, and if I could have I probably would have dropped out. Between Ms. Parker (total hag!), and Mrs. Gallahue (guess what we changed "hue" to when she turned her back? ha), and ohhh Mr. Landers... yeah, middle school sucked!!
Anyway, my point is, teachers leave a lasting impression on us. Whether it's good or bad, it's there for life. If you can't remember one of your teachers, chances are, he or she wasn't great or horrible. That's fine, too, but we need more of the teachers that are outstanding. I realize that with budget cuts and all, and our country not making education a priority, it's hard to even find teachers like that anymore. Really, though, they must be somewhere.
If you've been around my blog for any amount of time, surely you've read about the girls and how they are dealing with major bullying. There are teachers that put a stop to the bullying, and there are teachers that turn their head and ignore the bullying. Gracelynn's teacher has made it clear that she doesn't really like her, so when Grace has issues she doesn't even feel comfortable telling her teacher that she's being bullied. The last incident she had with her teacher involved a boy slamming her head against the wall, Grace trying to kick him off of her, and her teacher grabbing her wrist and flinging her around to yell at her.
However, for every 10 bad teachers, there's 1 good teacher... and thankfully, we found a great teacher for Sapphire! Today, we got a letter in the mail from her. Sapphire just started school with her a few weeks ago, and we were really nervous about the change. But, it seems like she is adjusting well. This is what the (hand-written! gasp!) letter said:
I am just writing to you to let you know how glad I am to have Sapphire in my class.
Sapphire is a delightful, spunky girl with a great, positive attitude. She is very bright, attends to her work well, and is always eager to help me or any of her classmates.
Saphire has blended into our class as seamlessly as if she'd been here all year.
Thanks for giving me the chance to know your daughter!
*wipes away tears*
I'm so serious. A teacher sent this to us! In the mail. Can you believe it? This is the type of teacher that deserves a raise. Deserves an award. Deserves a Golden Globe! Okay maybe not the Golden Globe but something gold and shiny and awesome! A teacher that takes time out of her schedule to hand-write such a nice note and mail it, I mean ... that just doesn't happen these days!
I think Gracelynn's teacher could learn a thing or two from this woman. She's amazing, and I'm so thankful for her. If your child has a good teacher, be sure to let him or her know how much they are appreciated!!