Teacher Appreciation Week

I got a lot of hugs on Friday and I don’t know if it was because of the MCPS Shelter-in-Place, Mother’s Day or the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. Sometimes my students surprise me in the most wonderful way. This letter was delivered after the bell rang. “Don’t read it now!” the student said. So sweet. I really do have one of the best jobs in the world.

Teacher Appreciation Week is over but I am still basking in the afterglow. I don’t usually get much attention from anyone on these days because my students are all immigrants and they haven’t quite figured out American customs. It makes this kind of letter even more meaningful.

Dear Ms. Sullivan, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. In your class I don’t just learn new things but also how to improve my English skills. Thank you Teacher. You are very special because thanks to you and other teachers that take the time to teach a new lenguage to new students. Thank you for having patience with us and also thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us. Thank you for helping me with my homework. Thank you for letting me stay in your room when I couldn’t. Thank you for trusting me and most importantly thank you for teaching me what I know. You are one of a kind. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching with us! We may not always say it but we always mean it! Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! Sincerely, X

Student says thanks
Student says thanks

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Eva K. Sullivan teaches English Language Learners in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. She was an English Language Fellow with U.S. Department of State during the 2017-2018 school year, working with the Ministry of Education in Laos, Southeast Asia. She writes short stories, personal essays, and has completed a memoir about her experiences as an expat in West Africa in the 1990s.

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