I have a student at my school that I have taken under my wing for the past three years. He came to my school a little awkward, trying to find his place and himself. I made it a part of my daily routine to monitor his grades and discipline, communicate with his teachers, and to just have conversations with him on what is going on in his life. I have not only gotten close to him these past few years but also with his mother. He has really matured over the past three years and his mother and I have been looking forward to a successful and productive senior year. He has come a LONG way and I must say that I couldn't be more proud of him. This student is an excellent musician and I know that one day, his music will be heard all over the world.
Long story short, this student made a poor choice last week that resulted in him being suspended. I was so disappointed and literally in shock after hearing about the poor choice that he made and seriously thought I was going to burst into tears because I was so mad. I called his mom to deliver the news that he would be suspended and conferenced with the student to give him his punishment for his behavior. As expected, he apologized for his actions and I basically told him that I was disappointed in his poor choices and that we could talk more on Monday when he returned back to school.
This morning the student returned back to school and asked if he could come by and talk to me in private. After first period started, he stopped by my office to tell me that he intended to email me this weekend with a formal apology and then see me today to apologize again in person. Unfortunately, he could not find my email address, so he decided to google my name in the hopes of finding my email address. In doing so, he found this blog and decided to read it. He shared with me that he noticed that his poor decision was falling on the heels of yet another negative result in our journey to become parents. And in his words, he said the sweetest thing I have ever heard! He said "Ms. Knight, for what it's worth, I think you would make an AWESOME mom!"
Although I am not yet a mother, I am making a difference in the lives of children and this is one conversation that touched me more than I could ever put into words!