The Voice: Winter 2001

The Voice

A student responds

I want to share one of my joys with you. For the first time today, I experienced love from my students.

I missed Thursday at Sheldon. Even though I get along with the students, I doubted that they would even notice my absence. This morning, Mrs. Grant began telling me that everyone in third period class was asking where I was. I didn't really believe her, because everyone knows that third period needs NO ONE. It is a large class made up of the most independent, obnoxious, and most entertaining high school freshmen around. I returned on Tuesday as the class started to file in, I had a crowd of students around me saying they were glad to see me and asking allsorts of “catch up” questions. Then, wonder of all wonders, the “coolest” kid in class came up to me and said, “I'm glad that you're back.” He stuck out his hand to shake mine. I almost expected the class to break out into laughter or to have my hand covered in peanut butter or something. But nobody was looking, and he was sincere. I smiled big, and told him that I was glad to see him again. It was an encouragement from the most unexpected source and one I greatly appreciated. Andrea Visser works with ninth graders at Sheldon High School.

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