I was at graduation tonight for the high school where I teach. It hit me. I was there, making a real impact on a child's life. I was watching these kids walk down the aisle for the processional and it was like watching my own child. I even teared up a bit, this is big because I don't cry (drives the hubs nuts too!). I felt proud at that moment to be a part of this evening for my kids. I have built amazing relationships with some of these kids that will go beyond the classroom.
Like the senior who had a baby in February, she graduated in the top 10% of her class and recieved many scholarships for college. All this while working full time and taking care of her baby. She came to me in tears, she didn't want to leave!! She has done an amazing job with her baby so far and will be an exception to the teenage mother statistics, she will go far.
Out of a class of 268, I may have had about 10% of them. Every one of them came and gave me a great big hug!!! I knew that my job would be rewarding when I decided to begin teaching, but tonight was nothing short of amazing. Thank you GSHS Class of 2009!!!