Letter to Margarita Sanchez. My teacher from the 1rst to the 4th grade. She passed away many years ago.
Dear Teacher Margarita,
You taught me how to write and read and only now I am writing this letter to you. I am so sorry that I didn't do it before! But you have been in my heart for all these years.
With this letter I want to thank you sooo much for teaching me some of the greatest lessons that I ever learned from a teacher.
Remember that day when each kid was supposed to talk about his/her mother's profession? Betty talked about her Mom who was a Doctor, Nelson talked about his Mom who was a Singer...each mother had a fancy profession and when my turn arrived I didn't know what to say. At that time my Mom was working as a janitor in a place where they cooked food for hotels, very close to the school.
You realized that I needed help and then you gave the most beautiful speech about my Mom. You talked about how she made the best empanadillas ever, about how happy and friendly she always was, about how hard she worked everyday...The rest of the kids felt that I was so important for having such a great Mom. What you did that day had a deep impact in my life later and I want to thank you so much for it!
There were so many things that I loved about you! Here I am going to list some of them:
* I loved your sense of style: the way you styled your hair, your sweet outfits and most of all your smile. Your teeth were far from perfect but that didn't stop you from smiling all the time.
* I loved how fast you sharpened your pencils with the knife, I was fascinated with it. I have always tried to imitate how you did it and only now I am getting close to you in speed :)
* I loved when you discretely called us apart from the group in order to correct us or point at something that we did wrong. You never ever did this in front of the other kids because you knew how sensitive we were.
* I loved how you listened to each one of us, you really wanted to hear what we wanted to say, that made us feel so comfortable expressing ourselves.
But I don't want to finish this letter without saying THANK YOU SO MUCH for that set of 12 color pencils that you gave me as a present when I was in the 4th grade. You really moved me to tears because I never thought that I was going to own such an important treasure. My Mom couldn't afford something like that. You knew that I loved to draw and you encouraged me to do it all the time. I remember how you used to call me Elsita la Artista :) You always said that I was going to be an artist in the future.
I am happy to tell you that you were so right! I became an artist and I owe it in great part to you. Remember when you signed me up for the after-school art classes? That really changed my life back then. You got me all started in my creative adventures, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
I just want to finish this letter saying that your life was very meaningful. You made of the world a better place and you made a huge difference in the lives of your students. Being a Teacher is a profession from the heart and you were a real teacher; so caring and modest and sensitive and giving.