College students who won’t ever be forgotten by academics – WeAreTeachers

We can never choose ONE favorite student. But there are always those students who make a deeper impression. Whether we hit each other’s heads or recognized their indomitable spirit, some students are simply unforgettable.

Recently, on our WeAreTeachers Facebook page, we asked teachers to tell us students’ stories they will never forget. Some were fun, others moving, but all show the dedication we have to helping our students get the best of them.

The student who came by.

I had a student that I hit the heads with every day. She was so capable, but fought me in everything. I never gave up on her, and I continued to encourage her, even as she fought me with every step. On her last day of school, she came into my room and hugged me, thanking me for pushing her and never giving up. Pretty sure I cried. – Cassie T.

The “bad” kid who just wanted someone to love him.

In my sophomore year, I had a little one who was being held back. He came from a rough family and had the reputation of being the “bad” child. But he was so, so cute. He just wanted someone to love him. I was pregnant with my first one, and one day he wrapped his arms around me and rested his chin on my stomach. He said, “I wish I was the baby in your womb so you could be my mom.” I think about him all the time. – Rebecca W.

A student who struggled against the odds.

He was a seventh grader. This boy took care of his siblings, tried so hard to keep up with schoolwork, and struggled not to get drawn into gang life. He brought a BB gun to school to return to a friend and was expelled. His parents couldn’t or wouldn’t go to court with him, so he wasn’t allowed back into school. I moved away right after that and hadn’t heard what had happened to him. I thought the worst until he found me on Facebook and told me he got his GED, went to college and is now a youth pastor with a family. -Mandy W.

The student who agreed that I was right.

In my first year of apprenticeship, I was fortunate to have a girl with Down syndrome. She had an assistant I got very close with (and we’ve been friends ever since), and my then headmistress told me that “she’ll never be able to read, so focus on the rest of your first years.” .” Challenge accepted! As soon as she could read a book by herself, I proudly walked into his office with her in tow so he could hear her read. I will NEVER forget her and I still have contact with her family to this day. She is GREAT! – Amanda L.

Rest in peace.

I had a student who struggled with school and personal life after coming out. He was the loveliest child with the biggest smile. I was so incredibly proud to see him across the stage at the end of the course. He wanted to get an education and would have been an absolute gift for those who worked with him. A short time later he died of an overdose. If only he knew how much he was loved by the staff and our community. – Alexia S.

The student who used music to find his way.

I got a senior in one of my piano courses. His parents were teachers at the school and he was very popular and well known. He’d been in the band in elementary school but never stayed with it. In one year of piano lessons, he worked so hard that he played Scott Joplin’s entertainer in his finale. (The real version, not an easy one). As he left that day, he stopped and told me something I will never forget. We had a school shoot a year earlier. Nobody died, but it was traumatic for everyone. He had been in the classroom where it happened. He told me he had been so angry since then. And he had nowhere to put those emotions until he took the piano. And he thanked me for helping him discover this place where he could focus and sort his emotions in a positive way. Yes. These are the moments. – Amanda O.

A strong bond developed.

I had a seventh grader who was wise beyond her years. You and I exchanged looks when something stupid happened in class. She would dye her hair all sorts of colors. We had our own book club. She brought me lyrics that meant something to her. When she was in eighth grade, she came on my first period every Monday to share memes that she had saved just for me the previous week. When she couldn’t come, I missed her. – Shanna A.

A student who inspired me.

He had a brain tumor (diagnosed in kindergarten, I had it in 6th grade). Regardless of all the difficulties he had encountered, he was always positive and kind to others. We developed a really close bond this year. His cancer has since come back, but he’s still struggling with whatever he has and he’s a great inspiration to me and our school community. We renamed an award at our school after him, and I got a tattoo in his honor (a line from a speech he gave to his classmates, along with the date of his first day of class and my first official day as a teacher) on my left forearm so I can’t forget it even if I wanted to! This year he passed his driver’s license test and graduated from high school! I am inspired by his spirit and strength every day. – Christoph B.

The student who convinced me.

A student really got on my nerves at the beginning of the first semester because of his behavior. Now he comes by every morning and sometimes during the transitions to talk to me about his day, and I look forward to his visits. – DeAndre F.

The student who no longer hated me to stand up for me.

I had a child who hated me and was pushing my limits. Finally I pulled him aside. Instead of teasing him about his behavior, I asked him what he needed to be successful. I told him what I needed. We agreed to make an effort. He told me that no one had ever asked him before. You always referred to him as the bad boy. I said I don’t see that with you. I believe in you and I want to have a good semester with you. From then on, our relationship blossomed. One of the lessons we did was reading strategies by watching Dead Poets Society. Once you’ve seen the film, you will understand how powerful its actions were. On my last day he stood on his desk and said, “O ‘Captain, my Captain.” One by one, each child stood up and did the same. He had been secretly planning this with the class for weeks. I will never forget him or this moment. – Amber B.

There always is.

With all its ups and downs, tough days and inspiring moments, there will always be these students that teachers will never forget.

Visit our WeAreTeachers Facebook group to tell us about the students YOU will never forget.

Also, check out 25 #SorryNotSorry Things Teachers Secretly Do But Won’t Admit

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