Thursday, June 29, 2006

The drama teacher made me cry!
And that's not easy to do, because I am a crusty old bird. We showed up at Awards Day at school, because we were told that Eva was getting an award.

Wouldn't you know that her two favourite teachers, both of whom I absolutely adore, had both nominated her for awards. So she got an Outstanding Commitment medal for Social Studies, even though the evil head of the Social Studies department wouldn't let Eva's real teacher present it to her because he wasn't on the awards committee. But she did let him contribute to some presentation lines and he said that aside from Eva's "astounding knowledge of social studies", he had never had a student challenge him the way she does and that, as a teacher, he has learned so much from her. I was pretty gobsmacked by that statement, actually.

And then her drama teacher spoke about the Personal Achievement Award that he was presenting and how the person receiving it was the most amazing person he had ever met and consistently challenged herself throughout Junior High despite great personal difficulties, how she showed such resilience when those attempts sometimes failed, and at how in grade nine was truly evaluating who she was, which was something most adults do not do. He spoke of how proud he was to have known someone like her and then he called my baby's name to receive the plaque. And he spoke to her alone afterward and told her he meant every word.

Oh shit, it's making me weepy again just thinking about it.

These men both personify what a great teacher should be. They are kind-hearted and accepting and challenging, and I am so grateful that Eva benefited from having them in her life. I am really going to miss them. Not as much as Eva will, though.

If you were hoping for a Wilco concert review, I'll write it tomorrow, as it been a long long crazy week and I am so fucking tired.



Allison said...

ah, reading that made me a little weepy too! send congrats to Eva, that's an awesome way to end the school year (and leave the school too).

Alana Elliott said...

Oh my god, that's amazing! Congratulations to Eva, she's clearly done astounding work to get herself this far, you must be absolutely the proudest mother. :)

I got quite teary myself reading that. It made me think about my high school art teacher, who I called my surrogate mother, and I would have never graduated without her, she was everything to me. I'm 23 and I still think about her all the time, she meant more to me than anyone else and I miss her a lot...

I think if every teacher realized the effect they can have on their students by reaching out to them, there would be a lot less problems with kids in school. They have the ability to be not just a role model, but an actual mentor that a lot of kids desperately need (like I did) at that age.

Sorry for the long comment, your post kind of got to me.

Again, super-congrats to Eva, she should be beyond proud of herself! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Please tell Eva that I send her a great big "W-O-O-T!".

You must be bursting with pride!


Anonymous said...

RIGHT ON EVA!!! What a proud mom you must be, I feel like a giddy auntie!!!!!

Whatever you're doing Barbara, you're making the rest of us look bad - keep it up!!!!!!

(i have now exceeded my exclamation mark quota for the day)

Neil said...

You seem very proud, and rightly so. What great and passionate teachers!

Barbara said...

Wow! Good on Eva! I had to wipe a tear while reading your post. I hear how you feel about the whole awards thing I would love to read a post from Eva on it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks all - I'll pass along your kind congrats to Eva (if she ever gets out of bed hahaha)

Allison - it was such a satisfying end to the year. On to bigger and better things!

Alana, never apologize for a lengthy comment, please; I love hearing what you have to say.
I still remember my high school English teacher as well, for the impact he had on me, and I'm 47. (now if only I hadn't listened to the evil guidance councillor...)
Bless your art teacher! Do you think she realises what a huge difference she made in your life? Teachers really do hold a lot of power in their hands, and thankfully they are not all evil gym teachers.

GIB - I actually gave her a "woot" myself when she got her awards, but at least I wasn't in church this time.

Hiya, Neil! I'm hoping Eva's social studies teacher ends up at her high school in a couple of years (which is a distinct possibility, as he is taking courses to allow him to teach IB). That would be truly awesome.

Barbara W, I will be happy if Eva gets her school junk off the dining room table by the end of the summer, so unfortunately I would not hold my breath on a post from herself haha.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Arrrggghhhh!!!! Michelle, my most humble apologies - I missed answering you (plus I called your beautiful husband "GIB" *snicker*)

You would make a most awesome giddy auntie. I can see you and Eva taking off together for an afternoon and getting up to absolutely NO GOOD while the rest of us worry needlessly.

Will said...

Wow! Congratulations Eva ... and to you as well. Rest up and I'll look forward to the Wilco review.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thamks Will! I have the suspicion there will need to be a gushing alert on the review. The whole city is still buzzing about the concert.

Anonymous said...

congrats to eva

sorry for the xtra short comment haa haaa

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Kelly!
No need to apologise for the extra short comment; I love hearing what you don't have to say hahaha.

Ruhee said...

Hi! Congrats to Eva :D I still read your blog, I'm just not very good at commenting these days. It seems like I get busier when school lets out. But hooray for Ms Eva!

hilary m. said...

Aww, sounds lovely.
It sounds like Eva really is a great student. I bet you're so proud. And that teacher must really care for his students. People like that are so important.

It sounds like your awards ceremony was much more interesting than ours. We were jammed in a room for 3 and a half hours listening to the teachers we hated talk without any deep consideration about how happy they were for those who won awards. Although, I did get a citizenship award, which I kinda felt good about.

my letter was published in the paper today!
It's in the Heralds "News and Opinion" and it's called "Judge Not".

Evelyne said...

Congrats to Eva, and those teachers are making school funnier to go. We should have more teachers like those!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Ruhee! I can imagine you are crazy-busy these days, getting ready for the big move and the big university adventure! I envy you in a lot of ways.
Eva says thanks!

Hilary, I just finished reading the newspaper and I saved your letter. It was so well written, and I read it to Eva and she said she agrees 100% (as do I). Well done!
And congrats on your Citizenship Award! I'm just sorry they didn't have a nicer ceremony for you.

Thanks Evelyne. It would be nice if all teachers connected with their students the way these teachers did, but I guess human nature being what it is, that's never going to happen.

Maureen said...

Yay Eva! That's some great work. And yay to those teachers, wish there were a couple around here.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hopefully next year you will have some great ones too, Maureen. You just can't have these two!

phlegmfatale said...

wow - that is absolutely lovely! I'm happy for you and I'm happy for Eva and I'm delighted for her teachers to have such an edifying experience as having her in their tutelage. She sounds like the kind of student that really inspires a good educator, and that is a wonderful thing!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a lovely thing to say, Phlegmmy! I never looked at it from that perspective before. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Add another bouquet to the list!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ahh, thanks Leazwell! The kid's making me proud!

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Wow! Congratulations Eva ... and to you as well. Rest up and I'll look forward to the Wilco review.