It's the end of the school year! It's a time that I would normally be so anxiously awaiting; but not any more. For I know that by summer simply coming, I end up losing two of my greatest friends. You are one of them, and I'm pretty sure you can figure out the other.
The impact that you have had on me this year is inexplicable. You have affected and changed me in so many ways that it's hard to single a few out. Under your teaching, and your influence, I have become a kinder, nicer, and more caring person. I find that I am so much more thoughtful towards others and much less likely to judge.
You have changed the way that I think about English. Sadly, I used to despise English, and it used to be my weakest subject. I just couldn't figure out how all those words and grammar rules really would take a role in my life, and after all they weren't anything important to me personally. Where would words and grammar rules get me? I now look forward to English class with great anticipation, and ever so infrequently do I get an activity incorrect. Through you I was able to acquire a love for math that I'm confident will continue to grow as I get older.
You have also changed the way that I think about myself. Through you I was able to obtain a higher self esteem and a higher opinion of myself. I am able to look into the mirror and for one of the first times ever, be proud of the person that I am. You believed in me, and that's all that I really needed. You took the time to care, and not only that, but you made sure that I knew you cared. That has made the difference.
You have changed the way that I think about teachers. Before you, I always respected my teachers, but I was never really aware of the amount of work teachers put into their job. Before this year, I never realized how much certain teachers cared, nor did I ever take the time to thank them. Before this year, I never really thought into the fact that a teacher was a person with a personality, and you could like the person that a teacher was and befriend them for it.
I wish that I could have seen this before, for I had so many great teachers before you, but I am glad that I was able to realize it for at least half of this year. It would have been a shame if I never would have seen it, for I truly would have missed out on some great friendships with some amazing people, including you.
I wanted you to realize though, that without you, I never would have seen any of this. Without you, I would not be the person that I am today.
At times, I truthfully believed that you were the only one there for me; but you were enough to save my life. If it weren't for you, showing how much you cared, being there for me, and simply doing your job to the best of your abilities, I probably wouldn't be alive today. You saved my life. I can never repay you for that; even these measly thoughts barely express the amount of gratitude I owe you. It is because of you that I will, one day, be able to go on and become one amazing teacher. I thank you for that…
Your Student, Friend, Admirer, & Fan