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The Fabric of My Life

Teachers make a difference in the lives of the students they teach. Coincidentally, those students also make a difference in the lives of the teachers they love. The following story was submitted by a Maricopa teacher about a student connection and and how it changed the lives of those involved.

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With more than 30 years as an educator, the faces, names and experiences have created the fabric of my life. I have previous students who are now grown with their own children and involved in their own careers. They are making a difference in the world and it fills my heart with joy to hear about their life contributions: nutritionist, nurse, pre-med, scientist for Palo Verde, teachers (yay), computer programming specialist, IS&T and even a rodeo rider! As my students find me on social media and share their favorite memories while in my classroom, I know my life was a worthwhile one. No matter what circumstances brought a student into my classroom, I was determined that their year with me would be the best year they ever had in school. I have had letters and messages from parents and students who have indicated their year with me was a turning point. As I begin my next chapter into retirement, I want to thank the students, parents and colleagues who not only crossed my path, but are still a part of my life years later.

-Carolyn Tindall Chenault

 *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/