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Letters From My Students

The students leaving Lincoln-Edison go on to middle school. This is their last year on our campus. For many of the students ours is the only school they have ever attended. Mr. K. worked with the kids the last several days of this school year helping them make thank you cards for the many teachers who have touched their lives. Here are excerpts from many of the cards I received:

You’re like the mom I never had. — Rosa G.

You are the coolest and greatest teacher. –Selena G.

If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have been almost smart. — Monique V.

You were always funny when I got to be with you, so I bet you were funny everyday. — Aldrae D.

I liked when you read to us every morning. I liked when you made us laugh. I liked that when we came hot from P.E. you sprayed us with water. —Joel G.

I will always remember you for the stories that you told. —Jerry M.

You taught me lots of things I needed to know. —Cynthia S.

You are fun. — Jacob F.

You were respectful when I barely camed here all scared. You were kind when my English was no so good. You helped me be better. — Jorge P.

I will always rember how funny you are. Thank you for teaching us in your funny way. — David P.

You are funny and silly. I really enjoy everything you do. But under everything else, I will always remember that you picked me for Student of the Month. — De’Brisha S.

I loved it when you taught me how to use my imagination to make a wonderful story. — Monica P.

You have encouraged me to write better stories and to check my writing for blunders in spelling and puncaution. — Broderick T.

I will always rember how to write in cursive. Thank you for buying us a pizza party. You rock! — Edward G.

Everyday you help me. When I am struggling you just know to come. I am surprised by what you’ve done. — Jimmy Z.

I learn much English from you. I so sorry I not can see you anymore. In my little English I know, I know that I is thankful of you. — Rosa H.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You have touched many lives. It is so nice when you get it in writing though. You are able to look back on it and be grateful and encouraged that you have made a difference.

  2. Rosa’s comment made my keyboard damp again.
    Is Broderick’s supposed to be a pun?

    Keep these cards safe. Get them out if you even need a pick-me-up to remind yourself how great a teacher you are.

  3. Quilly…..I’m going to miss those great kids, too. It’s been a joy reading about them.

    It reminds me of one note I got……..Guy said, “To hops which you go good, lovely Miss………” (ha-ha-ha) Then he wrote the rest in French.

  4. Quilly

    You can tell you had a positive influence on your students. You must be an awesome person.

    Sidney would be proud.

    A Blessed weekend is wished for you.

  5. Angela — this year I have seen many great changes in the students. Some years it just isn’t like that.

    Mumma — I will keep a couple. Most of them I won’t. I am paring down to essentials only for this move to Hawaii.

    Nessa — this has probably been the sweetest group of kids I have ever had.

    Judy — did that note make sense to you? It makes no sense to me.

    Bill — like Sidney, I know all it takes is a little love and respect.

  6. Congratulations,
    You have touched the lives of many children. I am guessing that they touched your life as well.

  7. I just read yesterday’ s post and now I am bawling!!!! I often wonder if teachers realize how deeply they touch their students…I sent a note to my son’s kindergarten class saying that us moms love them just as much as their kids do because we have to turn our kids over to the teachers and the good ones are soooooo good…..maybe even better than us.

  8. Melli — well, one has to be modest!

    Polona — precisely why I wanted to share.

    Jackie — I am saving them here …

    MJD — Welcome! And yes, every year the children teach and mold me as I teach and mold them.

    Dr. John — yes, it is.

    Lori — I believe that most teachers know they are extremely priviledged to have a hand in shaping the lives of their students, and they try to do so with great care. I only wish all of my colleagues felt that way.

  9. Numebr three is very funny!

    Great kids, no question!

    A teacher´s impact on a child is tremendous…they see him/her almost every day and when they are at home, they have to think about him/her due to the homework set.

    Your impact seems to have been warm, funny and task-at-hand. You certainly should be proud!

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