Being a teacher is a tough gig. Educators support their students by imprinting not only knowledge of a subject, but a love for learning.
The best teachers leave us with lasting impressions. Just think of your favorite grade school teacher and the ways they went above and beyond their job description.
However, in today’s world, we don’t often look up to and appreciate teachers in the ways that they deserve. That is despite the fact that they work so hard for our children.
Teachers in public schools — especially those that work in disadvantaged districts — must work even harder, since they have to nurture the students that might be going through difficulties at home. Still, thanklessness remains a factor of the job.
One student, who appears to be in Atlanta, Georgia, decided to change all that. At least for his favorite teacher, Mr. Jermaine.
Young Markus decided to write him a letter showing his gratitude. The fifth grade teacher found the letter lying on a desk and immediately welled up with tears.
He shared a picture of the handwritten note on Twitter with the caption, “So I walked in the classroom and found this letter on the desk that one of my kids wrote me and… I tried so hard not tear up.”
“Thank you for being a awesome teacher and for being amazing,” the note said in kiddish handwriting. “This school year was so fun and I enjoyed it because of you.”
This, by itself would warm any teacher’s heart, but what Markus followed up with could only be seen as the highest praise. “I look at you like my dad,” he wrote.
“I never met my dad but it okay because you treat me like your son. You make me so happy,” the boy continued. “Always feeding me when I am hungry and hug me when I am sad. I will never forget you Mr. J.”
What began as a small, sweet gesture tugged at the heartstrings of many. We’d like to thank you too, Mr. J, and other teachers like him for not only teaching our children, but also looking after them in so many ways.
-When he walked into the classroom, he discovered one of his students had left a note on his desk.
But he was not prepared to read what the student had to say…