Sunday, July 24, 2011
Making a Difference
Last night, I was attending my wife's 40th class reunion, which just happen to be my first year of teaching at the same school (I didn't meet my wife until after she graduated from college -- I know what you're thinking). A man approached me and said "you don't know me, but you save my kids life and I just wanted to say thanks." It turns I screened his son for learning disabilities and in the process I noted that his son might have ADDHD (Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity Disorder). I had a doctor friend that specialized in treating ADDHD students and I convince the father to have his son checked out. As they say the rest is history. Because of my screening and the doctors help, this young man graduated on time. He now is married, has a great job and three teenage children. The father still remembers the date of his son's first doctor appointment. I hardly remembered the event at all. Just another day of doing my job.
Needless to say, I was very flattered by the man and thankful for his feedback. I am sure he was giving me way too much credit. But, it did make me feel good. When I am King, I am going to encourage everyone to take time to thank one teacher that really made a difference -- it will help validate the efforts of so many good teachers.