I received an email today from a student I had seven years ago in my Kindergarten class. She moved to another town a few years ago, so I have not seen her for quite some time. You can imagine my surprise when I saw her name in my inbox. Curious, I opened it up right away.
So you’re never gonna guess who it is, but it may or may not be XXXXXXXXXXX Do you remember me!!!!!!
I immediately wrote back to her that of course I remembered her. How could I ever forget her? (Especially considering she wrote her name on the side of a bookcase I still have in my room.) I asked her how she was doing and told her that I missed her.
But, it made me think…how many of my students ask themselves that same question. “Does my teacher still remember me?”
To all of those who may be wondering, here is your answer:
Dear Former Student,
Even though I am no longer your assigned classroom teacher, I will always be your teacher.
Even though I am not responsible for your report card grades, I will always care about how you are doing in school.
Even though I am not there to celebrate your accomplishments, I will always be proud of your achievements.
Even though I am not there to cheer you on when you think you can’t, I will always be the voice inside your head that tells you that you can.
Even though you move to another school, I will always be here if you miss me or need me.
Even though we are no longer together every day, I will always have you in my heart.
Even though I may not recognize your maturing face right away, just say your name and I will always remember you.
Always Your Teacher,