Tuesday, May 4

The Perfect Gift on Teacher Appreciation Day

"There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher." --Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides

Today I received a plant from the administration in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Day/Week.  While others may have received more luxurious/expensive gifts and symbols of appreciation, my little wilted plant sits on my desk.  My real gift is tucked away in my heart.  After the little plant dies, I will still have the gift that Izzy gave me today.  

Izzy is new to our school and is repeating third grade.  Her road has been rocky and we fell in love with each other from the minute I put her hand in mine to show her the way to our classroom.  The progress she has made is extraordinary.  She was barely on a second grade level and is now close to a fourth grade level.  

While Izzy and I were working together today, she said, "I love, love this book. I'm so glad I like reading now."

I received the best, most beautiful and perfect gift on Teacher Appreciation Day.  Izzy likes to read.


Reading Countess said...

So true, Nancy. Well said.

Julie Niles Petersen said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful!!!

Kathryn (koolkat222) said...

Awesome. That's what it's all about.

Parent and Child Reading Assistance said...

Making a difference in a child's life is better than all the riches in the world! Good for you!

Low Mona said...

That almost made me cry.