Saturday was a day to remember. I was inducted into the University of Kentucky's "Teachers Who Made a Difference". This touched me on so many different levels because this award was given to me through the nomination of a former student. It is a reminder that every time we open our mouths, we can either build somebody up or tear them down. Every day I become a memory for a child. I am not only painting my canvas, but one for every student who walks into my classroom.
This award is really about how they shape me. I know I am a better person due to my students. They are the ones who are making a difference in my life. I carry all them in my heart.
Watching the other teachers in the room filled me with pride. Young and old were joined together, sharing and rejoicing. The applause was sincere, and we were united, raising our voices together in celebration. In front of me, an elderly woman sat. When they called her name, her steps were true, and her smile warmed the entire room. I don't think I will ever forget her, and one day, I hope to like her. I want to wake up every day with excitement for my chosen profession. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment, as I enter my retirement years. I want to say "job well done".