Nearing the end of the school year (tomorrow!!), Andy’s students are just as restless as he is. Most of the kids are so ready to get out of school that they are complete jerk-holes the whole last week.
Andy works really hard to be a good teacher. If you don’t think so, just remember that we spent our Memorial Day out at his school to do some prep work for his next day. He’s got a good rapport with his students, parents and coworkers. Teaching is a pretty thankless job all the way around. Teachers work hard. They’ve got to be on the ball all.day.long. all while still teaching and encouraging kids. Wow. There is no way I could do what he does. I tell him that all the time and I really, really mean it. I tell him I am proud of him for what he does. I tell him I admire him for his patience. Maybe because I tell him these things, they sometimes fall on deaf ears. Something happened the other day, and he heard what I’ve been saying all along LOUD AND CLEAR.
A student brought him a 12 pack of Pepsi (all his students know how much he loves it) and a card. Here’s what the card said:
“Thank you Mr. Rice for pushing me to be my best even in my laziest moments you’re the best teacher that I have had. You always encourage me and give me examples. You always put it into terms that I will understand. Thank you for everything!”
I almost started crying right then and there. What an amazing man he is.