"My son Andruw, who is in 6th grade, would like to nominate Mr. Taylor Anderson at Readlyn Elementary for Teacher of the Week. Mr. Anderson is the 5th grade teacher at Readlyn and co-teaches 6th grade science. At the end of Andruw’s 5th grade year, he wrote a letter to Mr. Anderson and he would like to share parts of it as it depicts why he is a great teacher from a 5th grade student’s point of view.
Dear Mr. Anderson,
Thank you for all of your hard work. I think your life lessons have changed my life. I have been more respectful to people. Not only your life lessons, but your actual teachings have done the same things. Every day I come home and my parents tell me how proud they are of me and how I am so smart. Every time I say the same thing, “It’s because I have a good teacher that has fun when it is right and is serious when it is right.” At the beginning of the year, I would not have been able to write this letter. I have talked to other people in our class, and I think everyone agrees that you are the best teacher. Our tests are not only based on us, it is also based on you. Our MAPS testing also proved that you are a good teacher. You know what? You are such a great teacher that I think I might sneak into your classroom next year.
I also loved when you helped us when we were struggling. You also push us when we are getting it. Last year, I was behind on 15 assignments and that is not a joke! This year you would not let us do that. Are you sure you can’t move up next year? I’ll tell you what, we never had such a homework size but you knew we could do it. That’s another thing. You challenged us when you knew we could do it. Also, I am so thankful you stayed up really late to grad our papers so that we had our grades earlier.
Your student, Andruw Powell"