Sunday, January 30, 2011

Way to go Mom

My mother has been a public school teacher since 1978 and she's still teaching and inspiring students, daily. I grew up in a small town and my mother taught me 7th grade Reading and 8th grade English and she later moved up to high school and became chair of the history department- she taught me government and economics my senior year of high school too. I know from experience that my mother is an excellent educator.

I am so proud of my mom, and I wanted to share part of an email my mother sent to me:


A former student sent me a message on Facebook yesterday. She said she had seen my name on another’s post and she told me that she was from the class of 1993. I remember her totally. She told me I was an inspiring teacher and that I continue to inspire her to this day and that she hopes her kids have a [teacher like me] one day. There’s no higher compliment as a teacher than that, huh? I almost sat there and cried, but instead I smiled. She also said this (below) was one of her favorite quotes that we talked about and that she used it in her life. It’s from Alford, Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses” & we probably discussed it in English class. “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"


This email didn't surprise me. People have always told me that my mom was their favorite teacher. Recently my brother got out of a speeding ticket because the cop said our mom was his best teacher. If only everyone could have been in my mother's classroom, then the world would be a smarter and happier place.

I love you mom.