In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful teachers I’ve had throughout my academic career. It is because of you that I was able to gain success in college and in the real world, and you better believe I still use your lessons today.

But there is one teacher that has always stood out amongst the others.

This is an open letter to him.

Dear Mr. Sears,

I just wanted to take this time to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. It was in your class in 7th grade that not only gave me great books to read (that I have since bought for myself because I love them so much), but your class was the first one in which I was taught how to be a decent human being.

The period that we spent with you everyday held more than language arts. You made us think for ourselves, argue for our beliefs, and even role-play about bullying. You probably weren’t aware, but I got bullied a lot in 7th grade from people that I thought were my friends and it because of many of your lectures and your encouragement to be who I was that made the rest of my career at Perry Schools manageable.

I always appreciated your organization and your strict rules (like never, EVER be late for class or you will get locked out) because they made me feel comfortable in a place and around people that would be the total opposite of that. Although I wasn’t aware of my Asperger’s Syndrome at the time, I can now see why I was always happy to be in your class.

Now, we are friends on Facebook and I absolutely love seeing your family grow up and all of the positive words you write daily. I thought I would let you know that I’m now working on pursuing my teaching license in English so maybe I can have the same impact on someone, someday.


Carolyn Deas

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