“You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.”
– J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
This is the last post in the saga of the summer school debacle. This post is about a great teacher who saved the day.
Great teachers can change the course of our lives. If we are very lucky we have known that teacher. I have been lucky enough to have that experience more than once. Given the power of those experiences my primary goal last year when T. started kindergarten was he would have that magic experience. Well, he got that experience. It came in the form of Ms. S.
Mr. S is one of those gifted people who loves teaching and loves students; and, is willing to accept low pay and status to teacher five and six-year-olds. T. fell in love with her. And, we found out this summer the feeling was mutual.
We pulled T. out of the Shit Brick that was his original summer school placement. I was desperate. I emailed Ms. S. – who was on her much needed summer break. The subject heading of my email was: NEED YOUR HELP! I explained everything that happened.
Within three days she figured out how to get him into the ‘kindergartener to first grade summer school program’ at our home school (THAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO ATTEND IN THE FIRST EFF’ING PLACE!)
She also realized she would have to for-go two weeks of precious vacation time to be in that classroom with him to do it.
She emailed me the night before he started his second summer school placement:
“I would like my first goal to be to get T. loving school again.”
T. and I arrived at school the next day. When we found Ms. S. I started crying and then Ms. S. started crying.
“Thank you seems so lame and not quite big enough,” I said between the tears.
“Well, I wouldn’t do this for just anyone, ” she said.
T. beamed. He took it for granted Ms. S. would help him.
Cue music. FADE TO BLACK.
I have always been a sucker for inspirational teacher flicks. The following are some of my favs omitting anything with the scenery-chewing actors Robin Williams and Richard Dreyfus: To Sir, With Love; Good Bye, Mr. Chips; Up the Down Staircase; Billy Elliot; Mad Hot Ballroom; The Wonder Boys; and, School of Rock.
* Makes me cry every time: Lulu singing To Sir, With Love.