My son is graduating from Grade 8 this week, and I’m riding a roller coaster of emotions. I’m proud of how far he has come, nervous (scared to death?) of how the transition to high school will go and sad that he will be leaving behind the amazing special education teacher and team of educational assistants that have supported him these past few years and taught him so much.
How do you thank a teacher that has been such a big part of your son’s life for the last few years? A teacher who never fails to demonstrate such care and concern for all of the special students in her class, one who goes above and beyond to make sure each child in her class has their needs met on a daily basis?
One thing I’ve decided to do is to try to put into words some of my thoughts in a thank you letter I am giving her on the last day of school. Since I know there are many other special teachers out there making a difference in kids’ lives each and every day, I thought I would share some of the letter here.
Thank You to a Special Teacher For every time you... supported him encouraged him challenged him advocated for him helped him empathized with him and nudged him out of his comfort zone we are grateful. For your willingness... to learn to teach to be creative to be flexible to expect more to do more to have fun to compromise to push to pull back to be firm and to be kind we are appreciative. For... understanding his struggles, recognizing his efforts, and celebrating his successes, we thank you.
Thank you to teachers like Mrs V., and EA’s like C, Dee and Fred, for all you do to make a difference in your students’ lives. The world is a better place with people like you in it!
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)