Monday, June 8, 2009

Mr. Hodge

Today was the last day of school. It is my most favorite day of the year. I love to have everyone home. I love to have no schedule. This year though is bittersweet since it represents some ends and some beginnings sometimes I think I am not ready for. Jake will be a 7th grader, Max is moving into the middle school, 4th grade for Ella and my baby will become a kindergartner.

I think everyone has a favorite teacher for whom they have unwavering loyalty. Mine was Mrs. Averill. Mr. Hodge is Max's Mrs. Averill. From the first day Mr. Hodge just "got" Max. He appreciates him, understands his foibles and always inspires him. This was his first year in his own classroom so his fresh perspective and dedication created great energy for the kids. I don't know if Ella or Henry will someday be taught by Mr. Hodge but I do know that he has had a tremendous impact on Max.

Isn't that the best gift a teacher can give?


Georgine said...

So cool Max had a great teacher. Does it make up for any bad teacher your kids may have had? Hmmm..... Oh, and I am sad for you that Henry is starting kindergarten. Or, kindigarden as I called it when I was 5.

Nathan said...

I love it! Hurrah for excellent teachers!