Having been a teacher for over 20 years, I have worked with many students over the years. I enjoy hearing from my former students after they have graduated and moved on to experience their life's journeys. Recently, I reconnected with one of my students after about 10 years. I invested in this young man when he was a rebellious high school student, and stayed in touch with him for a bit after high school, but life happened, and I always wondered what became of him. We were able to catch up on the phone the other week. He is a father now, married, with two children. He moved out of California for a slower pace of life and it brought me great joy to hear about how he had built a happy life for himself and his family. He shared with me that he had a memory box, and in it was a buisness card of mine that I gave him over 10 years ago. This really touched my heart. I would have never known that he kept that little card, or that it symbolized something special to him. He called me his "mentor" and said that he hoped this his kids had just one teacher that was like me. This has made me stop to think of many things...like how teachers, in general, are in the memory boxes of so many of their students and may never know it....and it has made me stop to think about what is in my memory box. Maybe this will also make you stop to think what is in yours.
Dr. Stella Erbes
Dr. Stella Erbes is a teacher at heart. Her passion to teach and help others has led her to compose this site full of resources. Dr. Erbes is a university professor and teaches education courses which help prepare future teachers. She hopes that the lessons prepared here will lead her readers to exceptional food, unforgettable travel, and better living.
Stop to Think