Teachers make a difference in the lives of the students they teach. It’s not a coincidence that those students also make a difference in the lives of the teachers they love. The following story was submitted by a Maricopa County teacher about a student connection and and how it changed the lives of those involved.
One evening I was out getting boba (a tapioca drink). A young woman walked up to me and asked me if I was Mr. Odeh. She mentioned her sister told her that I was one of her favorite teachers. I could not think of who her sister was. The entire evening I kept trying to place who her sister was and when she was in my class. It turned out that her sister was never in my class. She had the teacher next door. She remembered me because she saw me outside of my classroom each day. She saw me decked out in spirit wear during spirit week. She saw me welcoming my class every day. She saw me being HAPPY at school, HAPPY being a teacher and sharing that with my students.
You never know who is watching. You never know how you may affect students who are around you.
*This is part of our Teacher Connection Series that was inspired by Weave: The Social Fabric Initiative. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/weave-the-social-fabric-initiative/