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.
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