The Life of Bon: To my students: Adieu

Monday, June 03, 2013

To my students: Adieu

Friday was our last official day of class.  I got the idea from Kelsey to write my students a goodbye letter. This year feels so final with my transferring schools and many of the students that I have taught for three years graduating and moving on with their lives, I wanted to leave them with a little something special.

I thought and thought about what to say to those young uns as closing words.  Mostly I just wanted them to know how great I think they are.  High school is a messed up time of life.  Everyone's trying so hard to fit in and to live up to some impossible ideal.  They are so uncomfortable in their own skin and they make lots of bad decisions and some good decisions.  They can appear snotty on the outside, but underneath it all they're just vulnerable, sensitive kids- kids who need to be loved and need to know how totally great they are.

So that was my goal.  

I couldn't help but cry as I read it to them.  These kids really do mean the world to me.

Dear students,

Before we say goodbye forever, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that I could be your teacher this year.  I hope you know how much happiness you bring into my life and how much I genuinely enjoy teaching you.  I absolutely love English, but even more than English, I love you guys.  I can’t tell you how many days I have been ornery/ stressed/ frustrated and have come to work and have had you make me laugh and forget those stresses.
I hope you won’t forget the good times we have had in this class:  the time you all wrote down that you wanted to take underwater basket weaving for a class, the time Kai blurted out the answer to the quiz, (in the middle of the quiz!),  or the time Federico told us that in Italy he reads books about nuns having sex with nuns. (WHAT?!?)  I will never forget the deep discussions we have had in class, listening to Elliot rap,  going to the movies together (twice!) and the time I made you all sing and dance to Les Mis!  Suckers!  This class had  a chemistry that is truly rare for high school and I hope you will always remember it fondly because I know I will.  This fourth period class is one of my favorite classes in my history of teaching.

You have amazed me by your brilliance.  I hope that no matter where your future takes you, you will continue the learning process- keep reading, keep writing, keep seeking knowledge.  The more we know the better people we become and I believe that.  I would hope that you would be open minded and NEVER STOP LEARNING!

I believe that a student at Copper Hills is really a unique type of teenager.  You are all so kind and accepting of others… and even nice to your teachers!  I know you all have your individual struggles and battles, but the way you treat each other and this school should be praised.  I know I didn’t feel a sense of unity at my high school near what there is here at Copper Hills.  It is going to sound cheesy, but I think you are absolutely capable of doing anything in the world that you want to.  Work hard in your next journey, set goals and do everything in your power to achieve them, and remember how smart you are!  I would not be surprised to hear fantastic things from all of you- I know your potential!

Keep in touch with me!  I look forward to receiving mission announcements, marriage announcements, and even future baby announcements!  (YIKES!)  Share your accomplishments with me- you must know that as a teacher, I take great joy in seeing the good that you have done with your lives.  You can come visit me anytime at my  new school.

I really do love you (in the most appropriate way that a teacher can love a bunch of teenagers) and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be your teacher.  You are an incredible group of students that have forever changed my life.

                                                                                                                   KEEP IN TOUCH!



  1. Anonymous9:15 PM

    This was an awesome, heartfelt letter to your kiddos. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I teared up because it makes me think of my old high school teachers that left imprints on my heart and I still keep in touch with. Great post!

  3. You. Are. An. Awesome. TEACHER!

  4. that was awesome I like how you're the kind of teacher that is basically as crazy as the students I bet those kids will have fond memories of you teaching them sounds like some great memories were made

  5. That was a very touching letter, they are lucky to have a teacher like you :)
    Leyla xx

  6. This was just too too sweet! I remember my senior year and the teachers writing us thank you notes. I think these were the perfect words to end the school year!

  7. You are awesome. Students need caring teachers in their lives and you will continue your tradition of truly being there for your students at your new school :)

  8. Tear. This is making me sad for when I eventually will say goodbye to my teenagers.... it's sooner than they realize. :(

  9. This was fantastic. You rock!

  10. Every year when I wrote and read my letter to my students, I cried. Every.single.time. I don't think those little confused, crazy, beautiful teens quite know what they do to us. So glad you were able to use this idea!

  11. This is so sweet! I wish I had amazing teachers like you when I was in school. All of those pictures almost make me miss high school....almost.

  12. awww...i did this for my c/o2011 kids. I wrote them notes and handed them out at their graduation. I can't ait to go back to high school...teaching that is!!

  13. wow.... just felt my heart breaking and melting when i was reading this.... i don't know you but i cherish you...