Here is the rub, these three teachers, and the three honorable mentions, are about all that stick with me for my twenty-ish years of education. This group, for the most part, saw a kid who needed help in one way or another and took the time to give it. I could site plenty of examples of teachers who didn't extend their hands the same way, but this isn't that kind of blog and I'm probably mostly to blame for it anyway.
That brings me to Connie Le. Mrs. Le was the kindergarten teacher for all three of my children and without hyperbole, they are all incredibly better for it. When I say that, it isn't in a "all kindergarten teachers are great and all the kids are better for it" kind of way. I'll say it this way: if you have children and they had a teacher that wasn't Connie Le, then you officially shortchanged your kids. Okay, maybe that's a step too far and maybe I'm a touch biased, but Mrs. Le was great for our family.
Avery was a shy kid. She was an extreme rule follower to the extent that she wouldn't even speak up when she was knocked down in the hallway by another kid because "we aren't allowed to talk in the halls". She needed someone to help her out of her shell. Enter Connie Le. I don't know that Avery would recognize the little girl that entered kindergarten at this point. She blossomed under Mrs.Le's watch.
Macy was the opposite of a shy kid. We were concerned that Macy would try to solve all of the worlds problems with her fists. We were nervous going to our first parent teacher conference that we may be sending Macy to therapy, not first grade. As it turns out, with Mrs. Le's help, Macy had become a calming influence in class and had become someone that Mrs. Le sent to calm other kids down.
While we will all look forward to seeing Mrs. Le in the halls of Traut, its sad that our last kid has passed through her doors. She recommended that my wife and I consider having another kid as to alleviate the separation anxiety. That seems like a bold step, Connie. Wouldn't it be easier just to start teaching fifth grade? You could still teach our kids and I wouldn't have to build an extension onto the house!
The lesson here girls? That's an easy one. You need to appreciate that you have when you have it and be grateful for those who help you along your path. I think it's somewhat sad that the teachers I named that had an influence on my life probably don't know it. That is completely my fault. Teachers are a remarkable lot and my guess is that there isn't nearly enough people telling them that. So, with that, 'Thank You' Mrs. Le. My little brood is a better brood for having had you in our lives. There is not a lot of people who have the ability, compassion and generosity to positively steer the course of someones life. Teachers do just that every day, and Connie Le does it exceptionally well!
Speaking of changing someones life for the better, we are still collecting donations for Mai and her son Nash. For those who haven't been reading this blog, Nash was in a terrible car accident when he was hit by an uninsured drunk driver. His road to recovery is a long one and anything you can do helps. Give what you can, every dollar, prayer and share goes a long way! To donate, click HERE, but if you can't do that, share this post, and if that's too much, say a little prayer for Mai and her family. Thanks again!