This was originally written for a retiring teacher around 1980 but I believe most of the ideas in it are still true. I wonder, of those of you who are teachers, how many are teaching or have taught in the same grade or subject area as one of your favorite teachers from the past. I know that my first job was in the same position as  one of my best teachers.   Some of my students from my first years of teaching are 55 years old now and nothing thrills me more than to have one of them  come up hesitantly and ask if I was their teacher and then recount to me some simple little thing we did  in one subject,  in one class, on one day of one school year that they still remember. It brings flooding back the fun we used to have and the things beyond reading and writing and arithmetic that we taught each other in 5th grade over 40 years ago. It also reminds me that one simple thoughtless or thoughtful action or word spoken or taken at the right moment by a teacher or parent can alter the future of a child. It is a power and responsibility that awes me in its scope when I think of all the chances I may have missed and all the times I may have done  it right but never got to hear or see the ultimate results of my actions.



A favorite teacher,
It began there,
a mannerism,
or action.
A way of reaching out
or within

If you look carefully
you will find it
it’s still there.
Memories of that special day
when that special teacher
helped you make a childhood decision
that turned you down the road
you now

Be proud,
you are among the best.
You must work from within
and appreciation
are not your station in life.
Your rewards are often few,
your strengths are only really known
to those who have walked in your shoes
they cannot be truly judged
by anyone else.

Be true to yourself,
you have succeeded
beyond your wildest dreams.
will think of you
make a choice
and the circle
will remain


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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One Response to Teacher

  1. Christie McConathy says:

    Very nice poem. Gives me inspiration.

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