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Thank you to my favorite teacher, Mrs. Kathy Swanson Hoff by Cara Schingeck
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I want to say thank you to my favorite teacher, Mrs. Kathy Swanson Hoff.

You brought sunshine into my life and when I think of you today you still make the clouds go away to fill my day with joy and warmth, thank you for all that you did then and for the memories and inspiration that you gave to me that made me a better person.

I remember how you always made learning fun; you always found creative ways for us to enjoy the classroom experience like when you took our fourth grade class on a camping trip, you opened up my mind to new ideas too.

You helped me to feel safe and feel as though anything was possible. Most importantly to me then was how you accepted me for who I was, my personality, my way of expressing myself—you acknowledged my unique form of expressing myself so that I never felt weird but instead I felt free to be creative and share, to explore even further, to take chances so that now I am the person that I feel is truly a stronger, individual who has made it through difficult times that has endured and given back to others through my art without apology who shares openly and honestly because of your example because of your kindness, generosity and compassion towards me, your student. You are the best teacher and I love you, thank you for caring and for giving so much to me. I will always remember you.

We have reconnected since you were my teacher so now we are “friends” on Facebook. How wonderful to know that you are doing fine and are enjoying life with your family, living and loving and having fun!

Also good to know how many other students like I have contacted you to let you know how much they love you too and that you have inspired them and made an impact on their lives as well.

Questions I would love to ask you…
#What are some of your favorite memories of teaching?
#What were some of your struggles as a teacher?
#Who was your favorite teacher and why?
#Why did you become a teacher?
#What kept you teaching all those years, what inspired you, motivated you or kept you going through the difficult times and kept you so positive?

See you soon on Facebook and thank you again for all that you have done.
Story corps:
Oral history project—American world history project
This year story corps chose a theme—to celebrate teachers—the teacher’s initiative to say thank you to your favorite teacher!
The day after thanksgiving is the national day of listening
The stories are kept in the library of congress forever
life lessons learned: the National Teachers Initiative

September 25, 2011 storycorps is honing in on lessons about learning with a new project for the academic year called the national teachers initiative. It’ll feature conversations with teachers across the country — teachers talking to each other, students interviewing the teachers who changed their lives, and more
NPR.org Talk of the Nation

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago

    This is so beautiful Cara. I’m in a huge rush so I’ll come back later. I just had to say something when I saw it. Peace and joy to you.

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment, to let me know—Peace and joy to you too.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago

    I have come back to finish my appreciation for the thoughts you posted here. I found your words on this dedication so very touching and heartfelt. In particular this:

    Most importantly to me then was how you accepted me for who I was, my personality, my way of expressing myself—you acknowledged my unique form of expressing myself so that I never felt weird but instead I felt free to be creative and share,….

    If your teacher gave you this, she gave you the Earth … it was a gift of life and respect and profound human dignity. You have been so lucky to have had a teacher like that.

    From what I have seen of things that you do, you live this idea – Bravo for taking her gift and using it well.

    Also, I came across this video that you would be interested in for your “Our War” project. It’s classical music, but its inspiration is everything you believe in. Read the story behind the dedication before watching it.

    I hope you enjoy it.

    only the best thoughts of trees and people

    Rhoufi


    Dedicated to families who sacrifice to preserve freedom

    The story behind the dedication:

    We had an inspiring experience recently when we were asked by a woman whose husband was serving in the military if she could surprise her 5 very young children on stage at one of our concerts. Her husband had come home much earlier than expected and just in time for Christmas. It was an incredibly touching reunion. The audience stood and applauded for several minutes, stopping intermittently only to wipe their eyes. It is a memory we will never forget. This moment had a powerful effect on us — it helped us to realize how much military families sacrifice to preserve the freedom we take for granted each day. We dedicate this song to these heroic families.

    Bring Him Home

    God on high
    Hear my prayer
    In my need
    You have always been there

    He is young
    He’s afraid
    Let him rest
    Heaven blessed.
    Bring him home
    Bring him home
    Bring him home.

    He’s like the son I might have known
    If God had granted me a son.
    The summers die
    One by one
    How soon they fly
    On and on
    And I am old
    And will be gone.

    Bring him peace
    Bring him joy
    He is young
    He is only a boy

    You can take
    You can give
    Let him be
    Let him live
    If I die, let me die
    Let him live
    Bring him home
    Bring him home
    Bring him home.

    words by Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil
    Original music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
    Arrangement by Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson
    Piano recorded by Chuck Myers & Jake Bowen at Big Idea Studio
    Cello recorded by Al van der Beek at ToyVan Studios
    Mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek

  • Rhoufi, thank you for what you have shared with me in your comment—your words have captured something that very closely in many ways explains my feelings, my experiences which I also believe are shared among my family too.

    How you described what my teacher did for me: “If your teacher gave you this, she gave you the Earth …”

    The music you chose is meaningful on so many levels that words escape me

    So wonderful the music the song my brother must here it

    It will bring him peace I feel

    because it brings me peace

    Thank you again

    Cara

    – Cara Schingeck

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