There used to be a saying that “Teachers reward is in heaven” but I say no to that saying because I teachers reward is here on Earth especially if that Teacher was a good one that influence his/her students.
A few days ago I had a call surprisingly came from a young man, I taught 24 years ago. He was so happy when we started talking, he told me how he got my number and he happened to be with another colleague of his l taught too. Kids back then, now men with wives and kids of their own. He recounted the influence l had on them as their English/Drama teacher. Tears came to my eyes as l listen to the admiration in his voice at that moment.
This is not the first time, I taught in different states and Schools, before l decided l was done with teaching. Each time I learn of the progress of these students, especially troubled ones that l had to step in and take charge of, my heart leap with joy at their success.
Many have graduated, married with kids. Sometimes they remind me of measures l took to push them in the straight way that worked. They inform me of how a measure I took, was the turn around that made them who they are today. If you ask me l won’t give or trade this with any other thing. I am so glad.
Yes! teachers are great and are life changers, influencers,, motivators. I too had the ones who influenced my life, just like I have done too.
To all teachers out there, you are great and doing a great job. Your reward is here, Kids talk about you every day and want to know where you are. Just as they also want you to know how they are and how your push/influence have yielded results in the long run.
Keep the good work Teachers!!!