Two weeks ago I was home sick from school with a nasty cold. (An unfortunate reality of being surrounded by students who are coughing and sneezing…) Physically, I felt terrible and my cold only seemed to get worse. I was also feeling discouraged and frustrated about school and the fact that I felt I was not reaching a few of my students both academically and emotionally. As I was checking my school email from home, I discovered a message entitled…”An Old Student.” I quickly opened it and to my surprise it was from a student from my very first class. Here was the first few lines….
“Dear Mr. Fiore, It has been seven years since we last spoke. I still remember you after all these years as ultimately my FAVORITE teacher. You have had a major impact on my life that I continue to live by. You helped me through my years as a child, and I am pleased to say I am doing very well…”