Dear Mrs H & Mrs B,
As I’m sure you know, my little Anna is pretty much one of my most favourite humans on the face of the planet. She’s full of energy and life. She’s fun. And she’s one of my greatest accomplishments.
She can also have a hard time with change. Kindergarten can be exhausting for her. And sometimes, you just never know how she’s going to handle things.
So when she started the year in your kindergarten class, I was a teensy bit nervous about how it would all go. Now that the school year is almost over, I realize I had nothing to worry about. And I have you to thank for that.
Thank you for being her first introduction to teachers in life. You taught her numbers and letters and how to read – but you also taught her that teachers are caring and kind and loving. You taught her to love to learn.
Thank you for inspiring her every day. The excitement she brings home with her is exhilarating. About caterpillars and lady bugs. About shapes. About letters and phonics. About numbers. The things she’s learning and telling me about is constantly flooring me. There is just so much she knows already.
Thank you for helping her when she was having a rough day. Or had trouble communicating. Thank you for telling her you were going to miss her next year. She will take that with her in life. She will remember it forever. I’m certain of it.
Thank you for making her laugh. She loves to be silly and giggles with delight when she tells me about Mrs B’s funny vampire voice and Mrs H’s stories.
Thank you for believing in her. I never felt that you didn’t. I never questioned you because you gained my trust. Anna was always in good hands – and that’s all I want as a mother.
I’m in my mid 30s now and I still have vivid memories of Mrs Norrie – my kindergarten teacher. I remember her because she was special. Because she was kind. Because she taught me when I was 6 years old. She taught me many things. But the most important thing I remember her teaching me was that she saw me. She heard me. I mattered.
You’ve taught all of that and more to Anna. She has blossomed this year. She is a new girl before my eyes. A new girl I am very proud of. And a large part of that is because of the enormously important work you do every day as a teacher.
I will likely get you a gift card to end the year off because I want to leave you with a little present. But I also wanted to say thank you. I wanted to say a million words that would take too long for me to get out while we stand in the school yard together. So I wanted to document it now. Just for you.
Thank you, Mrs H and Mrs B. For being everything that is right with teachers.
You have meant so much to one little 6-year old girl who means so much to me.