Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stars In This Teacher's Crown - - -


Over my ten years at Lakeview Christian School some of my students, for one reason or another, have chosen to leave our school to attend one of the bigger city or county High Schools.

Each spring Marion High School has a banquet to recognize their honor students. Each honor student invites two of their former teachers to attend the banquet with them. During the program when the student is called forward, their parents and two teachers accompany them.

This year three of those seniors asked me to come stand with them for this lovely event. (One of them ended up not being able to attend, so she will not be pictured here.)

This is why we teach - to have some measure of influence in the lives of our students. And those students that "get it" are the stars - - - they are stars in our teacher crowns.

I was Aneesh's 6th and 7th grade science teacher.
I have never had a student like him.
He came into my classroom every day
Ready to SOAK up learning.
He made me a better teacher.
I'm getting tears in my eyes just
Thinking of the joy it was to be his teacher.
Thank you Aneesh,
You have enrichened my life.

Aneesh's proud parents,
Salil and Monika

I was Christine's Science teacher
For five years, 6th - 10th grade.
I was truly surprised when Christine
Included me as one of her two favorite teachers.
Christine was always
A diligent and cheerful student,
But I didn't realize she counted me
As a valuable influence in her life.
Thank you, Christine
For bestowing this great
Honor upon me.



Anonymous said...

What precious kids! Thanks for sharing about them!

Keri said...

You have been there TEN years already?? WHAT?!?! Whoa.

What an awesome encouragement that must be to you, Mom!!

Nancy said...

You certainly have a teacher's heart. Your students are fortunate to have you, and this is proof that some of the students recognized the gift you've been to them. Congratulations to both students and teachers.

Kristin - The Goat said...

If I'd had you as a teacher for 5 years, you would certainly be real constant in my formative years! I can completely understand why Christine included you.

How lovely that you feel Aneesh made you a better teacher. What precious memories. Thanks for letting us in on that.

Mz. Goat :)

word of the day: surest

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Congrats! I am married to a teacher and my son is teacher too so I know how much of yourself get's poured into your profession. Thanks for stopping by , Cindy

Keetha Broyles said...

Minpinmom - They certainly are "the cream of the crop!"

Keri - yes, this is my tenth year there which means it is also our tenth year of having Gomer and Fuzzie. :-)

Nancy - thank you!!

Kirby - I think the reason I was surprised about Christine is that while Aneesh is very effervescent and told me all along that I was his "favorite teacher ever," Christine was quiet and never said a thing about it.

Cindy - Yes, if you live with a teacher you do understand our hearts!!!

Anonymous said...

Teachers are very special in my book! YOu deserve to be awarded, you have touched my life in so many ways in blogland! You are a great enourager!

I can't find my blog said...

Did you and Christine coordinate your sweaters just for the event?

What beautiful kids, and what an honor for you!

Keetha Broyles said...

Amy - - - (said with a bashful hanging head) Awwwwwwww shucks, thanks!!!

Headless - - - No we didn't, but isn't that a STITCH that we match, like almost PERFECTLY.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Those are well-deserved stars, my friend. God bless good teachers.

Without them, I'd have had to homeschool my kids. :-P

No, really -- kudos to you! How wonderful to get that kind of feedback from students. You must be still smiling.

Julie said...

Drew is just in kindergarten, but I cannot tell you how much I value good quality teachers who care. We have been sooo blessed to have wonderful teachers for preschool and kindergarten-which has made him LOVE school and learning. I have friends whose children have not been that lucky, and it's made such a difference in their attitude of school.

What I'm trying to say is CONGRATS Keetha! I can tell you love your job and your students. We need more Keetha's in our school systems! :) If you ever move to Ohio....

Anonymous said...

this doesn't surprise me at all.i'm just glad you get a little recognition for all that work you all do.congrats...ann

lifepundit said...

I can't think of a better way to use your life or a more rewarding experience than to have young people say YOU were the one who made such a difference. I am in awe.

Erin said...

That is awesome! Sounds like a great night!

Jackie said...

This is so awesome, Keetha !
I had to show this to Doug !
Aneesh was one of his favorites when he coached. Aneesh & Amit saw Doug just the other day & come right up to him to chat, calling him "Coach". They are such great kids.
Kudos to you !

Keetha Broyles said...

Jackie - there is something very special about BOTH Aneesh and Amit.

haley said...

how awesome keetha! i got a little teary reading this! i think you're one of a kind and i'm certain that had i had you as a teacher i would feel the same as aneesh and christine.

j said...

I got goosebumps reading this! GOOD goosebumps. You are making a difference! How flattering it must be to be recognized as making a difference in your students lives.


Keetha Broyles said...

Thank you Haley and Dust Bunny. There is MORE I could say about this post - - - but will practice some internet publicity constraint. You want more info - - - e-mail moi.

groovyoldlady said...

What a blessing!

Vidya Sury said...

How wonderful! This post just fills my heart you know? Thank you for sharing. I am wondering what Aneesh and Christine are doing now. Did they keep in touch with you?

Love, V