I received a message from one of my student's mothers. It was so nice and sweet and made all my work throughout the year feel validated. Minus the names...it's below. If you ever get a chance, please thank a teacher. It is an extremely hard and thankless job. It was an absolute challenging pleasure to teach high school students these last two years. I'm a bit sad that I'll be moving on, but also extremely happy to be chasing my dreams. In fact, it was several of my high school students that convinced me to swing for the fence like I keep encouraging them to do.
Hi Mr. Mena! This is _______'s Mom (i lost my own identity when the children were born) ____ and I were just talking about you and I realized that I failed to contact you before you left forever!!! Btw..we're all pretty ticked that you've left us!! I can't tell you what a difference you've made in my daughter's life or the impact you've had on all of ours. You're going to be that teacher that kids remember well into their golden years...the one that really made a difference. Thank-You for taking the time to get to know _____ and laughing with (and I'm sure at her at times) and keeping her excited about going to school! She truly respects and cares for you on a student-teacher level as well as the personal bond you two have. She's learned so much from you and you taught her empowerment and strength. I watched that evolve throughout her Freshman year and it's because of you and the inspiration, guidance and consideration you always gave to her. I am eternally grateful that you were able to be with her during her Freshman year. You've set a standard that's going to be difficult for your replacement to ever achieve. With heartfelt gratitude, we thank-you, Mr Mena and wish you the best success in all your future endeavours. Please stay in touch!
Thanks, Mr. Mena! You're the best!!