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I wasn't planning to write a blog post tonight. I was sitting at the computer, playing around a little before class starts and doing that thing where you search for your name on the Internet just to see what pops up.
Which is a little depressing with my married name because the first site that came up was NOT my blog but some drugged out felon's youtube page called "My Life After Lockup."
Then I decided to search Twitter for my maiden name and found it linked to this site that rates teachers...and I almost didn't look because it is much more common to go online and complain about things than go online and say positive things. And let's be honest, it's been a rough semester this spring...
But I did look. And this is the post:
Ms. Haugh had a great influence on me without even knowing it. I had her as my English III teacher both semesters of my Junior year. Straight away I discovered that there was not going to be a corner to cut with her, which is why I received a well deserved C-grade my first semester. The first day of my second semester, I told her I was going to be a different student. The crazy part was, she believed what I said, and believed in me. This is when I realized the difference between "getting an A" and "earning an A."
Best. Compliment. Ever.
I'm not sure who wrote this; I doubt the author will ever see my response since I've married and moved hundreds of miles away...but if he or she does see it, know this: you made me cry tonight-in a good way.
And for the rest of you who ARE reading this post--if you had a teacher who helped you, who changed you, who gave you the tiniest bit of a different, better perspective in this crazy world, please tell them. Even if you were in high school twenty or thirty years ago, reach out. Let them know. It's a hard job and one thing that makes it all worthwhile is knowing you made a difference.