But I bet I know something you remember without hesitation. Can you recall a teacher who made a tremendous impact on your life? I’m sure one teacher, or even more, you had in school just came to mind and many memories about why they were special to you came flooding back. Here’s the more challenging question: Did you ever tell them how much they meant to you? Probably not.
I realize students don’t often share with a teacher just how much they have influenced the student’s life. Even when they do, it is typically not shared publicly. On May 31, 2017, several of our seniors had a chance to do just that. They honored a teacher who had made a significant impact on their life at our Senior of the Month Banquet.
Each month, Windsor and Smithfield high schools nominate a Senior of the Month. The students are recognized at a school board meeting and also receive a $500 college scholarship generously provided by our business and community partners. The Senior of the Month Banquet provides an opportunity for each of these 16 students to publicly thank a teacher who has made a difference in their life. The students courageously stand before an audience of family members, scholarship sponsors and school officials and share why they are honoring their chosen educator. They recall personal stories filled with poignancy, gratitude, and admiration. Their heartfelt remarks bring about laughter, a few tears, and a tremendous amount of appreciation for both the teacher and the student. The teacher receives a plaque to commemorate the occasion, but the remarks from their student are the real gift. It is truly an incredibly special evening for all the guests.
Thank you to the teachers who were honored by the Seniors of the Month. I know all of our teachers have had, or will have, a significant impact on many children throughout their teaching career. Whether the praise is public, private, or even unspoken, there is an incredible satisfaction and validation when a teacher knows they have made a difference in a child’s life. Thank you to all IWCS teachers for making a difference in some child’s life each and every day.