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{realization} #sol16

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Yesterday was my first day of school with my colleagues.  Starting the year off with meetings. There were many new faces, including new staff members, teachers, and student teachers. As they were introduced, one name sounded familiar.

I leaned forward to get a better look at this student teacher. There was a familiarity in the face. But I just wasn't sure.

The meeting moved forward and I continued to think about this name and face.  I did the numbers in my head.

That's it! That has to be it. I thought and leaned over to a colleague and whispered my realization.  Or at least what I thought.

Later, I returned to my room.  I have a photograph in my classroom of my very first class that I taught at another school in our district.  I pulled it close to get a better look.

I confidently walked down the hall holding this framed picture.

As I walked into this third grade classroom, I was met with two smiles.

"I have something to show you," I said to this visiting student teacher.

"No. No. No. It is you! I knew it was you!"

"Do you recognize this girl?" I asked pointing to her second grade self. "I was your second grade teacher!"

"Amanda and I wondered what happened to you! We wanted to find you after you left!" Vicky said.

What a celebration to meet a former student who is now moving into your profession. I am so excited for her opportunities at our school and in our district.

I also can't believe I am old enough that my first class from 2000 has graduated from college and making a difference in this world.


  1. That is fun! And now you'll get to know her as an adult!

  2. What an incredible moment! You helped grow a new teacher! I'm so excited for both of you for the opportunity to work together.

  3. Wow! What a coincidence too. You no doubt in some way inspired her to become a teacher. How fun!

  4. Wow! What a wonderful realization and how exciting that you'll now be working together!

  5. Wow! What a wonderful realization and how exciting that you'll now be working together!

  6. It is fun, but hang on! This year my principal is a former student as are MANY colleagues!

  7. How exciting for you! The beginning of a positive year! Can't believe that you've been teaching for 16 years. It will be a great experience to have a former student teaching in your building and being able to mentor her as an adult. Love ya, Mom

  8. What an exciting meeting! Promising.


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