Staying Connected - The Best Gift I Ever Received

As an educator and especially as an Apple Distinguished Educator, I believe the greatest gift we can receive is the success of our students and knowing that in some small way we played a part in that. In so many cases we never know but it is always great when a student returns to express their appreciation for the time and the caring that you showed as their teacher. One of my former students named Gina Simone was a successful applicant to one of the best film programs in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada and in her second year they were asked to pitch a concept for their culminating documentary film. There we 120 students in her year and each was required to submit and present their pitch and only 6 were selected and then all the other students were to participate in one of the selected films. All during high school my general rule was that "I" cannot be in any film because it would take too much time away from other students and Gina knows this. So one day she came back to visit me and told me that of the 120 pitches hers was selected... and after I congratulated her she let me know that her pitch was to do a documentary on me. Although I momentarily thought to decline, how could I say "no". The result of her work below was the best gift I have ever received. 


Link to YouTube Video - To Sir With Love

Tagged in: Teacher Preparation, Pre-Service Teachers

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Posted on March 15, 2023

What a beautiful story and a tribute to your work as an exemplary educator. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Posted on March 15, 2023

So fantastic Peter and so well deserved. Just beautiful! Congrats to your student - and to all your students.

Posted on March 18, 2023

Thanks for the kind words Cheryl, I hesitated to share this but my fellow teachers encouraged me to post it because I always encourage new teachers to track and keep in touch with their former students.

Posted on March 18, 2023

Thanks Donald, much appreciated

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