I've been teaching 3rd grade for 8 years now. During my first year of teaching, there was a student in my class that I became very attached to. She had some troubles at home, but was always able to rise above it. She was so sweet and cheerful. She was always kind to others and, of course, she loved art. We went to the Art Museum for our field trip that year, and she was unable to go because she was out sick. So, over the summer, I took her myself. We had so much fun, and it really felt good to give her the opportunity to go there since she'd missed out on the field trip. I watched her grow up for the next few years until she went on to middle school, and we then lost touch.
I found out that her sister teaches in my district so I emailed her to tell my student hi. I was floored when I received an email from my student the next day saying,
"You probably had the biggest impact on my life when I was young, thank you for that."
These are the kinds of words any teacher longs to hear from her students. Especially ones like this little girl, because I tried so hard to make life better for her and give her glimpses into the world of art as a way to enjoy the world around her. Ever since receiving this email, my whole attitude at work has changed. It's easy to get jaded after doing this for 8 years, but feedback like that reminds me of the difference I must be making. I feel recharged and ready to change the world!