Today I had the opportunity to visit Causey Middle School at the sixth-grade pep rally. From the moment I got the invitation, I could not wait for this day to come.
The students that I visited were once students in my fourth-grade science class, and then my fifth-grade class. In those two years, they had become so much more than students to me. They had become part of my school family. Together over the past two years we had shared a lot: We had fun experimenting, learning with one another, and sharing ideas. More importantly, we had become one another’s cheerleaders. These kids called me and prayed for me as I journeyed through the Teacher of the Year process.
In the past two years some of us lost loved ones; and some of us had things that went on at home that were not so pleasant. But through it all we realized that no matter what was happening in our outside lives, when the bell rang for the next seven hours we had one another.
As the kids rushed to give me big bear hugs I had missed, I was reminded that although they move on, they continue to live in my heart! Each one taught me something over the past two years and I am a better teacher for knowing each one of these incredible kids!
Educators should never underestimate the power of the relationships or take for granted the love and lessons that our students teach us as well.