8. Success after success!
I was a teaching assistant for an introductory engineering class and also a physics class. I kept in tabs on some of my former students on social media and several of them have gone on to earn graduate degrees from big-name engineering schools (like UC Berkeley) and many of them recently graduated from medical school (physics is a prerequisite for the MCAT.)
It’s pleasing to see.
9. A proud teacher
I taught at Nasa for a few weeks during my teacher training. One of the students became part of a team that builds robots for Mars. One of the students got sent to space for a year while his twin stayed home.
I taught a year in college. One of my students is part of the White House Staff. I have a student working for the FBI for cyber security. Veterinarian, Undertaker, Manager, Engineer, etc.
I am proud of all my students.
10. Walking on his own
I’m a teaching instructor for a self-contained SID elementary classroom. I’ve been working here for a few years and one of my first students came back in with his mother and he was walking! I know it’s not as impressive as other stories but it was so exciting to see him walking on his own!
11. True Success
I had a kid called Michael. I once asked him what sport it was that he applied himself to to be so fit (kid was ripped), he replied “running from the cops.” He also told me his family was proud generational welfare recipients and he hoped to do the same.
Last I saw he was alive, not in jail and on welfare.
If one of my former students were to cure cancer, they would still not be as successful as Michael.
As an interventionist, I used to teach 9th grade students who were considered “at-risk.” According to the school administration… they would probably never get to cross the graduation stage.
Four years later: I follow some of them on Instagram and they all look wonderful in their senior (cap and gown) pictures. In a few short weeks they’ll be attending prom and then it’s time to count down until graduation day. One even bought his first very own car already!
13. The one student who spoke up
During my first year teaching 7/8 graders, I had an Indian student who was smart, but quiet. I told her parents that I’d like her to talk up more. The father leaned across the table and told me not to get involved with such things.
Now, fifteen years later, she is a doctor at a prestigious hospital. I’ll bet she learned to speak up very quickly.
14. Wondering about some students …
I haven’t been teaching long enough to see them as adults though I often wonder how some of them will turn out.
I had one kid who used to not talk to anybody. He would whisper to himself about how he is going to kill his parents when he is older.
Then I had another one who was absolutely brilliant! Absolute prodigy! But his parents refused to let him touch a science book. It was Adam and eve for him. They also forced him to study more bible and less maths even though he could do math problems 5 grades above his level. I couldn’t tamper with their religious ideologies in my position, but I sure as hell taught as much maths as I could.
Those two I wonder about the most.