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If Only You Knew

Dear Mrs. M,

If only you know what a difference you have made in our lives.

If only you knew that how your kindness, patience, and positive attitude has changed school for my kid.

If only you knew that we no longer feel sick on Sunday nights knowing that school will be starting again in just a few hours.

If only you knew that Jack now looks forward to going every day, and comes home so proud that he had another day of good behavior.

If only you knew that my mother-in-law, who taught elementary school for 30 years has the biggest teacher crush on you.

If only you knew that when I signed up for fall conferences last week, it was the first time I scheduled a conference with Jack’s teacher, and didn’t almost immediately have an attack of diarrhea.

If only you knew that last year we were so hard – too hard – on Jack because the only reports we ever received were negative.  And this year?  This form represents the sixth week in a row that he stayed on green.


If only you knew how many times I lied to myself last year “just get through kindergarten and first grade will be ok”.

If only you knew how relieved I was that the lies I was telling myself turned out to be true.

If only you knew that your gentle way of singing the behavior song calms my wiggly boy, and allows him correct his behavior without feeling like he has failed at “being good” yet again.

If only you knew that being in your classroom excites him, challenges him, and makes him love to learn.

If only you knew how I went in my car and wept happy tears one day after just one 45 second conversation with you.

If only you knew those happy tears were because when I told you “I know that Jack has A LOT of energy”, you looked at me and not-ironically said “really, he’s so calm and happy in class”.

If only you knew that we know how hard you work, and how much you truly love these kids.

And you deserve to know.  Because you are one of those teachers that changes people’s lives for the better, and you make it look so effortless.  If only you knew how I long to tell you every day that you have changed our entire outlook on school. Some day I will tell you.

Minus that whole part about the diarrhea.

Thank you Mrs. M.


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16 comments on “If Only You Knew”

  1. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. How sad it is that teachers like Mrs. M are so rare. How wonderful it is that she is in Jack’s life. Add me to the list of people who say you should send this to her. IMHO, you cannot pay teachers like this enough. Fortunately, words like what you’ve written are priceless.

  2. Tears in my eyes!! You need to give this to the teacher!!!! I love when a good teacher makes all the difference because they really change the whole world for a kid ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on a great first grade!! I would have to say that I was ready to pull my kid out and home school him after the first quarter of kindergarten and we moved and changed schools. Everything changed and my son turned from wanting to stay home everyday back to eager to go to school. Love a great teacher and they change everyone’s lives…not just our kids ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Please pretty please print this post and give it to the teacher TODAY. It will be like a hug from you.