I received this email from one of the parents of my summer school students. This email warmed my heart and brought a few tears to my eyes.
Hi Ms. Griffis:
Thank you again for teaching Emily this summer in a class she enjoyed so much.
I just thought I would let you know that Emily asked for (and received) the Fashion Design Pro software that she used in class as her birthday present from me last week. It just arrived, and Emily is very much looking forward to using it.
Thank you for encouraging her and helping to develop her interest. I’m very excited to see what Emily comes up with now that she has the program!
Teaching that class brought me so much joy and only made clear for me that is what I should be doing.