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Only Son

To Sir (or Madame) with Love

In Only Son

By J. Smith IV
June 4, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.


Last night, former students of mine graduated from the TISD.  One of the students was #7 out of the Top 20 students in her high school graduating class, based on grade point average.  

Her first name is "M _ _ _ _ _ _." 

Yet another former TISD student of mine graduated Friday night; a twenty-year old fellow who found his way back from excessive truancy, discovered certain motivation and became one of the best students the credit recovery program has ever witnessed.  Within the credit recovery program, this one became the first and only USCF-rated scholastic chess player at a local tournament. A team "force of one", he declared himself a "Rising Knight" and so it was.  He rose.

His first name is "B_ _ _ _ _ _." 

As public school teachers, we do our best to lean forward in the foxhole.  It is more than a job, for most.  

When the job is done and the students receive their due credit, honor, recognition and accolades, sometimes there is nothing left for a teacher to do, except to pack up our little refrigerator and other personal effects, vacate the classroom and walk away with certain knowledge that if done faithfully, we shall wear a crown.

Thank you, Teachers! (private, home-school, teacher aides and especially our Texas public school classroom teachers) for your part in contributing and sacrificing, to assist other people's children in the completion and graduation achievements of the Class of 2017.

To Sir with Love (closure)

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