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To My Daughter’s Teacher

19th July 2017
Open Letter To My Daughter's Teacher

To my daughter’s teacher,

I watch you each morning with complete admiration. Your face lights up as my baby girl bounds up to you, eager to tell you of the wondrous things that have happened since she last saw you at 3.30pm yesterday. Not for a single moment does your enthusiasm feign. No tale she tells you is too small or insignificant. Her brand new pair of perfectly polished shoes are as exciting to you as they are to her and she skips by you to her very own school peg, so happy and content. For making her feel this I can’t thank you enough.

When last September arrived, the thought of sending my girl away for six hours a day filled me with absolute dread. I handed her over to you, she seemed so small in her uniform, ironed and with plenty of growing room, my heart so heavy at the thought of her never wholly being mine again. Would she be okay? Would she eat her dinner without me there to help her? Would she listen to you? Would she miss me? Would she remember to go to the toilet in good time instead of dancing around until the very last second? Would she have friends to play with? Would the children be nice to her? Would she entertain everyone with her crazy ways, or would she be overwhelmed by the change?

Here we are ten months down the line and all my worries seem like a distant memory. You calmed all these fears and got to know her in ways only I thought I could know. The way she squints one eye when she’s thinking so intently and how she likes to let everyone know when they’re not quite following the rules. But it’s not only her you’ve invested so much time, effort and love into. It’s twenty four other miniature humans. Twenty four most prized possessions, every one of them so precious and individual. You have taken these children and with the utmost care and passion, molded them and filled their minds with such wonder and knowledge. You have dedicated yourself wholly to each and every one of them. Creating a tiny community, so strong and solid from what would seem like total chaos to anyone else. You’ve taught them kindness and teamwork and discipline and independence. You have inspired them and motivated them and taught them to do their best, no matter what. You have started their school career in a way that is nothing short of perfect.

So what I really wanted to say is, thank you. Thank you for taking my baby and treating her as your own, for helping her learn and helping her grow. For helping her first friendships flourish and for teaching her more about phonics than I ever knew was possible. For hugging her when she falls, for encouraging her when she wasn’t so sure of herself, for accepting her insane love for the home corner and for encouraging her uniqueness. Thank you for loving her, thank you for who you are and for all that you do. Nora’s first ever teacher. The first chapter of her schooling life comes to a close but I know that because of you, it’s one she and I will never forget. Forever you will be interwoven into our family’s memories. What you’ve taught Nora is in her mind but also in her heart, for forever.

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  • Hayley's little things 20th July 2017 at 10:51 am

    Such a lovely, heart warming post! I hope my little girl gets as lucky when she goes to school next year x

  • Dani 20th July 2017 at 10:54 am

    This is a beautiful letter I hope the teach reads it as I am sure it would make her feel so good.

  • Rachel @ TheDaisyPages 20th July 2017 at 10:55 am

    What a lovely post. Having a school, and a teacher, that cares so much about your child is really important xx

  • Kirsty Dee 20th July 2017 at 10:56 am

    This is so beautiful and thoughtful thing to do. Amazing teachers need more recognition x

  • Emma 20th July 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Love this! My daughter starts school this September and I’m feeling a little sad about losing her x

  • Bec @IshMotherBec 22nd July 2017 at 7:15 pm

    What a beautiful post. My daughter has also just finished reception and her teacher has been just wonderful with her. My little girl will miss her so much, and so will I!

  • Allie 27th July 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This is lovely Jess! x

  • Natasha 25th October 2017 at 9:32 pm

    This is so lovely! This actually put a tear in my eye! I can’t even begin to think about sending my little one off to school

    Tasha x

    • Jess 26th October 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks so much Tasha! It’s so scary sending your baby off to school but they really do love it! xx

  • Henry Elliss 26th October 2017 at 10:02 am

    What a LOVELY thing to do – I hope you showed the teacher in question this post? As the husband and son of teachers, I can assure you they’d absolutely love to read something as thoughtful as this!

    • Jess 26th October 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Ah thanks so much! I’ve never shown her it, maybe I should send it to her?!

  • Rainy Days Fun 26th October 2017 at 10:19 am

    Aw that is a lovely letter to your daughter’s teacher! So wonderful to read as it seems to me that more often than not people tend to be negative towards schools, teachers etc.

    • Jess 26th October 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you! You’re right, theres always too much negativity! I feel so lucky that we had someone so wonderful to teach Nora! x

  • Sonia 26th October 2017 at 11:07 am

    This is such a beautiful post! It is really wonderful when you love your child’s teacher and you can really feel that they are doing their best for your child. I have felt this too a few times with different teachers some just haven’t had that same spark. Good teachers really need to be shown the love!

    • Jess 26th October 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Thanks so much Sonia! Sending her to school was such a huge deal so to have such a brilliant teacher really was a blessing! x

  • Eva Katona 26th October 2017 at 8:07 pm

    That’s beautiful and so nice to express such gratitude. I think having exceptional, inspiring teachers, at least 2 or 3 in your academy life is one of the most important- and luckiest thing to have.

    • Jess 26th October 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Thanks Eva. I think those few teachers stay with us in our minds forever don’t they? x

  • Sarah Humphreys 27th October 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Teachers like this are amazing, my daughter had amazing teachers in Reception and year 2 and they both did wonders for her, teaching is not just a career, you have to really love what you do, I am a teaching Assistant so i know what goes on in school!

  • Deb Sharratt 28th October 2017 at 8:45 am

    My boys have adored all of their teachers – they have had good ones x

  • Michelle Ross 28th October 2017 at 9:51 am

    This is such a lovely post. It sounds like your daughter has a fantastic teacher, and loves school :) great read!

  • Joanna 28th October 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This is such a heart warming letter. I don’t think that teachers get much recognition and I do hope you showed this post to your daughter’s teacher, it would make her feel so good.

  • Rachel Palmer 30th October 2017 at 10:45 am

    This is so lovely to read. It’s hard to share our little ones but wonderful when it’s with a great teacher x