|My favorite picture of T and Mr. Harris at graduation 2010|
So here it is.
Dear Mr. Harris,
Thank you for always believing in T and for never accepting work from him that you felt was inferior to what he was capable of doing.
Thank you for challenging T to think outside the conforming box, to question, research and question again.
Thank you for never giving up on T when he had those bad days when he didn't complete an assignment. You held him accountable with his grade, but you showed compassion and kindness.
Thank you for respecting T as a human being and not blowing off his questions with condescending criticism.
Thank you for making Biology fun. The classroom made up as a cell with masking tape was brilliant.
Thank you for your geekiness and nerdiness that helped T and so many other students deal with being stereotypes.
Thank you for being firm, but gentle when lines were crossed.
Thank you for keeping me, the helicopter mom, informed of T's progress weekly and not surprise me with any "He did what?" at parent teacher conference.
Thank you for dipping into your own pocket on more than one occasion to make science fun.
Thank you for touching so many students lives in a positive way, it is no surprise you were regarded as the coolest teacher.
Thank you for allowing T to fail at certain things, to make him try harder, to make him understand that nothing comes easy or is free.
Thank you for making a difference.
With warmest regards,