Great Teachers

Thanks to Facebook, our oldest daughter (now in college) has reconnected and become friends with her 4th grade teacher. It had been this teacher’s first year in the classroom and our daughter loved her from the moment she introduced herself to the class. They read so many good books that year that, if you ask her, our daughter can name nearly every one of them by heart.

A few weeks ago, these two friends decided to meet for breakfast and catch up on life and school and good books; and they took a picture to commemorate two of their favorite books from that 4th grade year. Her teacher’s young daughter had a book of her own and joined in the celebration:

Emily and 4th Grade Teacher July 2013

And here is what I want you to know about this photograph. Behind that book on your left is a student grateful for her teacher, a person who made a little girl feel important and loved and smart and said through her words and her actions, “Don’t worry. I’ve got your back because I’m your teacher.”

Children of every shape and size and IQ and race and religion deserve a teacher who will say that to them and really mean it. Behind that book in the middle of the photo is one of those teachers. Take a moment to applaud her work and then Facebook one of your teachers and applaud them. You won’t be able to imagine how much it will mean or how important it will be to them.

“Don’t worry. I’ve got your back because I’m your teacher.” If there is a line separating what makes a good teacher great, that must be it.