We recently had a teacher leave our school, which ruffled a few feathers. He hadn't been there for very long and there was some miscommunication, but I did my best to stay out of the drama. It's been a bit of a logistical nightmare trying to find subs to cover a short term vacancy that coincided with the holidays. I did my best with the students that I had and was fortunate enough to meet some awesome new substitutes.
However, upon his departure, the leaving teacher sent me a very thoughtful and kind email. He expressed his appreciation for opening my classroom door, for showing him new strategies, and for letting him learn from my teaching style.
The warm and fuzzy feelings continued when he shared that I would have been that "game changer" teacher for him as a child or his children now because of the passion I bring to the classroom. He commented that it was inspiring to see how truly excited my students were about their learning.
That's why I teach. I'm humbled that someone who was in my classroom co-teaching for such a short amount of time was able to notice the effort I put in and the difference it makes for my students.
Thank you, fellow teacher, for your compliments on my craft. I love what I do. I'm glad it shows, even on the most difficult of days.