I did not know this at the time, but my high school math teacher, Mrs. Meeks, was my favorite teacher. Math was not my strong subject and she pushed me. She never allowed me to give up. At the time, I thought she just cared too much, and I just wanted to drop out of some advanced math classes and enjoy my senior year. She refused to sign the drop slip and she even called my mom, begging her to make me stay! I look back and realize how much she cared and how much she fought for what was best for my future. We are friends to this day! She checks in often and even comments on my pictures of my children on social media. I was blessed to have a teacher who cared so much.
I’d like my students to know that beyond grades and the curriculum, I truly care about you, your success, your safety, and your mental health. I want you to become a lifelong learner, but first and foremost, I want nothing more than to see you be happy.