Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Mom...the Best Teacher I Know

I am the daughter of a teacher. I guess it's no mystery why I am a teacher. Growing up holds memories of visiting my mom's classroom and meeting her kids. "Her kids"...that's how she always referred to her students. I remember every Thursday night was the night she sat down at the kitchen table and spread out her lesson plan book and her manuals (Remember...with the spirals?!?!) and she would write out her plans for the week. I remember listening to her read aloud books to her students whenever I visited. I remember her kids hugging her and how much she loved each and every student.

This week was my mom's last week of teaching. She started in 1968 (that's forty-eight years ago). Most of her years spent in the classroom have been spent with first graders. She "officially retired" seven years ago, but quickly returned to the classroom, part time. Thursday she said goodbye. Here's what she posted on Facebook: 


My mom loves teaching. She loves teachers. She taught me how to put my students first and how to listen to what they need. One of the greatest compliments I've received as a teacher is when a friend told me that when I read aloud to my students, I sounded just like my mother. That's what I reach for...to be a teacher like my mother.

I celebrate my mom today. I celebrate the passion she put into her teaching. I celebrate the way she made her students feel. I celebrate the lives she changed. I celebrate her strength and her wisdom and I celebrate her.
 


Happy retirement to my mom...to my hero! I love you!

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share our celebrations. Please join us and share your own!

11 comments:

  1. Your mother is beautiful inside and out. I so enjoyed reading about her and your heartfelt words.

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  2. This brought tears to my eyes. What a true teacher -- both of you are!

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  3. What a touching blogpost! Hope you and your mom have a wonderful summer!

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  4. Beautiful celebration! You mom has made a difference in so many young lives. She is clearly a wonderful role model to you. May your mom enjoy her retirement.

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  5. Very sweet! I love reading all the teacher appreciations.

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  6. Love reading about your mom and knowing where you got your kind heart and dedication to our profession. Passion, strength, and wisdom - no wonder you and she both rock as teachers!

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  7. What a great picture and tribute to your mother. I have a feeling you are a lot alike! Happy Retirement to mom!

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  8. My Mom is my hero too. Congratulations on a wonderful career to you mom! And tell her, she is rocking that dress!

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  9. What a wonderful commitment to our profession that your mother has. May she spend many happy days in real retirement. I love the picture of the two of you. Such smiles!

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  10. I love that your mom has been a teacher for 48 years. That is a passion and a vocation rather than a job. You have her smile and her passion for teaching.

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  11. Wow! What a mom! What a teacher! That takes a very special person. Not surprised you are related!

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