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1 An awesome story about a Teacher on Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:53 pm



As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of
school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked
her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that
impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a
little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did
play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that
constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got
the point where Mrs.. Thompson would actually take delight in marking
papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big 'F'
the top of his papers .

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when
reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready
laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be

His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well
by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal
illness and life at home must be a struggle.'

His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on him.
tries t o do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and
home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken.'

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and do esn't
much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes
sleeps in class.'

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents,
wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His
present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from
grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the
presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a
bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was
full of perfume.. But she stifled the children's laughter when she
how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the
on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long
to say, 'Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very
she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to
teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she
worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged
the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of
smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love
the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets..'

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her
she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote
he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the
teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things
been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would
soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.
Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever
had in
his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a
further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite
teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter
signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that
spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He
explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was
wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the
that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs.
Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with
rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume
that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's
'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for
me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.'

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.. She said,
you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make
difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'

(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr at Iowa Methodist in
Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story so
much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in
life today? tomorrow? just 'do it'.

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it!

I dedicate this message to all the teachers who have made a difference
in my
life and the lives of untold thousands of "Teddy Stoddard's" in the
Thank You! Robert L Stephenson

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