The Last Day
The Last Day
To Our Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Kimball.
It seems like yesterday we walked into her classroom. I remember that day very clearly, my first born, a child who had some issues with preschool and at the tender age of 5, did not love school or want to go. We were a bundle of nerves and anxiety. She took us calmly and compassionately by the hand and guided us through the transitions, helping a little boy to love school again, guiding him through his obstacles and successes. Now here we are, the last day of school, after a sprint to the finish culminating a year of challenges, joys and most of all growth.
It is bittersweet, our last day today. We have had such an amazing year but we are sad that our time with our teacher has come to an end. For us personally it is very hard. My little guy struggles with transitions and it takes a special kind of teacher to know how to handle that. With the end of year transition it has been especially difficult and to end our year of learning from such an incredible teacher who has had such an impact on our lives is even harder. Last week, each day he came off the bus a little sadder than the last, his head hung as he walked toward me. My heart broke each afternoon watching him struggle through the transition of the year ending and the next phase beginning.
When I look at her, our special teacher, I see someone brimming with talent: Passion, Understanding, Creativeness, Compassion, Strong Work Ethic and most of all Belief. Belief in our children and the possibilities of what they can do.
She could have used her talents to work in any career she wanted but she chose teaching and everything that goes with it including raising other people’s kids to be the leaders of tomorrow. She chose to push through on days when she was sick, overwhelmed, or tired because these little kids needed her. She chose to give her kids -- my kid — second, third, fourth and fortieth chances, and to always believe they could be better tomorrow. She chose to LOVE our children, to invest and put her heart on the line. She laughed at their jokes and anticipated, even came to enjoy, all their crazy quirks including the infamous spring worms. It couldn’t have been easy, taking a group of first time students and turning them into a community, helping to create relationships between the kids that would be a foundation for a lifetime. The world will be better because of her impact in the classroom, the life lessons she has taught and because she cared and loved our children. She is someone who will forever be part of our story and her influence will live on for the rest of my son’s life. Her teaching has shaped my child’s upbringing, character, and helped them on his way to becoming the person he will someday be.
So thank you, Ms. Kimball, for everything you have done for us and given to us. You are a very special teacher who will not be -forgotten. We love you.
6/27/2017 01:48:52 pm
Teachers have to fight for the respect of many parents and other adults and they influence our children almost as much as parents do. We all struggle so much in our lives that often we forget to honor those who work hard to educate our children and grandchildren.
6/27/2017 02:21:19 pm
A great teacher is an amazing gift. My daughter had great teachers in preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. She will be in 2nd grade in the fall and I'm hopeful that the pattern continues. She does well in school but gets anxious and stressed out very easily and I know she is not the only one. I takes a special person to be able to effectively deal with those issues in children(and not to mention multiplied by 20 or 30 all at once)
6/27/2017 07:00:38 pm
Totally love this post!
6/27/2017 07:18:02 pm
My Mom was a 5th grade teacher for over 35 years so I have the utmost respect for our educators. The impact they have on our kids is lifelong and can be such a fundamental tool in their growth! My hats off to you, Ms. Kimball. :) Job well done.
6/27/2017 10:39:47 pm
It is so awesome for children to have teachers like this. They'll remember them forever!!!!!
6/28/2017 12:01:23 am
What a beautiful tribute. Teachers have a huge impact on kids, and it's amazing what a great teacher can do for a child.
6/28/2017 12:09:03 am
This was beautiful! What a wonderful way to close out the school year. My youngest starts kindergarten in the fall and you may have inspired me to do something similar. Thank you for sharing this! And enjoy your summer vacation with your 1st grader!
Aww, Ms Kimball sounds amazing, bless her. Hope you're little one enjoyed his last day at Kindergarten. My little one starts in what we call reception here in the UK in September and I'm dreading it. He's so feisty, and really doesn't want to go. I think I'll be pulling him out and homeschooling him after the first couple of months!
6/28/2017 11:47:48 am
What an amazing woman and teacher! I am always sad at the end of the year because my kids have been blessed with such great teachers, we build a relationship all year. Luckily I have three kids close in age so we typically get three years with the same teachers, which is a dream for any parent!
6/29/2017 04:43:55 pm
Wow, Amy. You are very creative in how you write, the use of words, as well as stops. I'm not just saying that. It is true.
6/30/2017 01:49:23 am
It makes me so happy when I hear of great experiences with teachers. I teach middle school, so by the time the kids come to me they are much more comfortable with school. Still impressionable, though. Hope you have a similarly great experience next year.
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