Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 03 2010

Student Said.

I have three drafts of updates from the past two weeks– both abandoned because I didn’t like the direction they took, I was too tired or apathetic to make sense, I couldn’t put the energy I wanted to in. I will update briefly: last week was very difficult to get through, but I got through. This week is three days long but today I had a sub to go observe other teachers (blessing!!). Between observations, one of my students who is painfully quiet all of the time pressed a folded piece of paper into my hand. Sunday I saw her sing with two other students in a youth choir an hour away at a wonderful Baptist church. Here is what it said:

A Story About Mrs. Lampinen

There once was a lady named Mrs. Lampinen, she was always nice, well-dressed, and cares about everybody.

Mrs. Lampinen showed that she was nice. She showed nice by teaching us, and getting us our education. Also, she gives us second chances, so we can fix our behaviors. Mrs. Lampinen is so nice. I love her.

Mrs. Lampinen, comes to school every day well-dressed. When Mrs. Lampinen comes to school, she has on some cute clothes, and shoes. She dresses real nice and pretty.

Mrs. Lampinen, is a very caring lady. She cares about our education. Also, she cares because she wants us to get our education we need. She’s always caring for somebody. She’s a supurb teacher.

I love Mrs. Lampinen, because she’s nice, well-dressed, and cares about everybody.

Love you!!!!!!

(The last line is about six lines tall.)

And that, my friends, is why I refuse to let my apathy or bad attitude or frustration get the better of me. That is why I teach (For America).

5 Responses

  1. Something I did was put all of these notes into a drawer or shoebox or other single location. I kept a few in my desk at school, so when the crap hit the fan and I was having a horrible day, they’d be easy to see and remind me that it’s worth it in the end.

    Awesome letter. Congrats.

  2. Shoshana

    treasure it :) there are so many reasons to love you!

    mrs. lampenin :)

    • Shoshana

      ahhhh lampinen!

  3. Karen

    i love these lines:
    “getting us our education…she cares because she wants us to get our education we need”

    your kids want it bad. I watched Waiting for Superman last night and they showed some stats for the literacy level in the south, and I just wanted to thank you for being in Arkansas.

  4. I’m a little jealous. One of our big goals is to write two complete sentences by the end of the year.

    You seem to be doing a lovely job Mrs. Lampinen.

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