What was your proudest moment as a teacher?

imgres-1“As a teacher I am fortunate to be in a profession that allows me to see great accomplishments on a daily basis.  Though I often feel pride, it isn’t necessarily because of something I’ve done. It is because of the accomplishments of others that I’m able to be a part of.

One such example is of two little girls from Bangladesh. Their mother was a gynecologist and father a computer professional. They came to Canada to provide their children with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. Life was not easy for them here. Their parents could not get work in their field and therefore were forced to live in a low-income area of Toronto where the children were living and going to school with people who had different ethics and values.

The two girls had to learn English and struggled to follow an academic path that was very different from many of their new friends.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to teach both girls in more than one grade. The eldest daughter mentioned me in her grade 6 valedictorian speech as being part of her success in elementary school.

The family has since moved to New York City and Mahshid is now in university on scholarship and wants to be in education. She keeps in contact still and often reminds me of the difference I (along with others) made in her life. I am so very proud – not for what I did, but for what she has achieved and for the fact I was fortunate to be involved, even if only for a short time.

This is what teaching gives you, the ability to guide, inspire, encourage and help someone on their path to achieve what they set out to do. It is pride for what others have allowed you to be a part of.”

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2 thoughts on “What was your proudest moment as a teacher?

  1. God Bless the dedicated teachers of this world who make all the difference to so many. Thanks to you all !!!
    AJ
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  2. What I’ve realized with my children’s teachers is, no matter what, you will impact their lives. Rather it’s in a negative or positive way, you will always impact and make differences. We all can look back and remember most, if not all of our educators. Our opinions and judgment on them as teachers all stem from the way they treated us. It’s amazing you have touched someone’s life the way you have. It’s priceless…good for you!

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