Two days ago I received an e-mail that truly changed my attitude and reaffirmed my love for my friends and my sense of necessity when it comes to giving thanks.
You see, my friend E is one of the incredible teachers I know. As a career, she teaches 5th grade students in the inner-city but the scope of her teaching goes so much further. We met in difficult circumstances during our Teach For America program. We immediately bonded over our mutually dismal commute from Philadelphia. Though that was just the start. Our friendship soared and carried me through the darkest of times last year. At the end of the year, I threw my hands up and left, while she stayed, so committed to her students. She was and still is my rock, inspiration, and mentor.
Then I received this note, so simple yet powerful, in light of her nomination for a prestigious teaching award:
I wanted to share this with you, videos complied for the nomination. You have heard many of my stories, and have been a shoulder to lean on.
At the end of the day, you are part of the successes in my classroom and I just wanted to thank you.