Tuesday, December 11, 2012

So Many Times We Forget to Say Thank You.

My favorite picture of T and Mr. Harris at graduation 2010
I was going through my pictures the other day and came across this picture of T. and his biology teacher, Mr. Harris.  This photo was taken at T's high school graduation.  I love this photograph as it epitomizes the relationship that Mr. Harris had, not only with T, but with all his students.  I never did get to say thank you.

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,
T's Mom


  1. A good teacher can inspire a lifetime of positive experiences. Well done Mr Harris.

    1. I agree Lesley. It too the focus off his English teacher in Junior High that informed T in front of the class that he would amount to nothing.

  2. Oh, what a wonderful photo! Great teachers are invaluable.

    1. Yes Talli, they are. Thank you for stopping by. xox

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    1. People are always quick to criticize, and slow to say thank you.

  4. I'm so glad you wrote this for Mr. Harris. A good teacher is too hard to find.

  5. I teared up a little thinking of my own high school teacher, Donald Burroughs, from so many years ago who always encouraged my voice and challenged me to think. Great teachers create more than lesson plans, they create better human beings. Beautiful piece, well said. I hope Mr. Harris has a copy!

    1. Yes, Mr. Harris does have a copy. Mr. Harris and his lovely wife, Erica, are close family friends now.


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