From Antonio

education, photography

Something to say.

I would like to say thank you, Ms. Jackson. Thank you for not giving up on me. You always keep me on task. Ms., honestly you teach like you been doing it forever. You make learning reading fun. You are a fun teacher. I am happy to be taught by you and honor to be your first class. I remember one day, I didn’t want to do nothing. It wasn’t a good day for me. But when I got to your class all I wanted to do is learn.

Dear Beatrisa

education, photography

Dear Beatrisa,

It’s day three of winter break, and I’m grading midterms. As I’m working, all I can hear over and over in my head is your refrain during the test:

“Koala, koala, koala.”

I could not, for the life of me, figure out why you were repeatedly chanting about a marsupial under your breath during the Language Arts test. Exasperated, I threatened to take up your exam if you continued to be a distraction to your class.

Without missing a beat, you looked up at me and said, “but Miss, all these questions are about a koala, and there isn’t a koala story in our whole packet.”

Mortified, I flipped through your test and discovered that you were right. The test had miscopied. Your diligent reading and insistent chanting saved the day. I was able to recopy the test and avoid a major disaster on the midterm.

Even though we had to sacrifice my sanity to get there, thank you for saving the exam. I owe you one!

All my love,

-Ms. Jackson

Dear Anonymous

education, photography

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for the food you leave on my desk every morning. Your quiet, unassuming generosity is so precious to me.

Are you sure you’re getting enough to eat for breakfast? I don’t want to take the cereal, yogurt or banana from your school breakfast if you aren’t eating at home!

And as much as I appreciate the food, I love the thought behind it even more. You brighten my mornings!

All my love,

-Ms. Jackson