(Closed) Help! To the teacher bees!!! Have you been contacted by a former student?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m studying to be a teacher, and every single former and current teacher I’ve met has said one of the greatest things is hearing from a past student. They love it. It can often be a thankless profession, so I am sure any of your teachers would love to hear from you.

When I was deciding to go into education I found my 5th grade teacher on Facebook to tell her she really made an impact on me and I wanted to hear her thoughts on teaching. She was really tickled that I contacted her, especially because I was from her first ever class.

Go for it!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do it!

I had am amazing teacher in 4th grade, the reason I became interested in science in the first place. I moved to the other side of the country, but when I graduated high school I sent him an announcement after not having seen him in years. We kept in contact through mail while I was in college. This past month I got a letter from his wife – he just passed away from cancer. One of the things that he had wanted to do was to let me know how much it meant hearing from me, knowing that he had made an impact. I was pretty devastated when I heard that he had died, but I am realy glad that he knew that I am in medical school now because of a silly science experiment he had done with us a decade ago.

I had to track his mailing address down through the school (where he no longer worked), so I don’t think that a facebook message would be too stalker-ish lol.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have two former teachers on my facebook and now as a teacher, I couldn’t be happier having them as friends. They both influenced my decision to become a teacher and are a wonderful resource when you’re just starting out.

Go for it! They’ll love to hear from you!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I would say that it’s okay to add your teachers on Facebook depending on how long ago they were your teachers. I am 20, and I have a few elementary school and middle school teachers as my friends on FB. They genuinely like to see what is going on in their former students’ lives, and it is cool to see some of the younger teachers back then getting married and starting families now. 

 

However, at my age I would not add my high school teachers. I have a few my my HS teachers on my friend’s list because they added me after graduation. I haven’t even been out of HS for two years yet. It may be okay for other people, but IDK it’s just too soon for me to go from having a student-teacher relationship with them to a FB friendship. Maybe it’s because I’m still in that phase that I can’t see them as anything but teachers LOL. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

My mother was a 3rd grade teacher for almost 30 years. She was a “beloved” teacher. She has a scrapbook of pictures and letters from then current and past students. Adult students have visited her, and quite a few requested her to be their children’s teacher when she was still teaching. I cannot begin to describe how happy my feels when students tell her how she had a positive impact on their lives. DO IT!!!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m a teacher. Have been for 12 years. My rule for Facebook is that the student has the be graduated before I will accept a friend request. After that, I LOVE having them on FB and keeping up with how they are doing. 

Land yes, please please please please write the letter/email. It is the greatest thing you can do for a former teacher. My favorite and most influential teacher from high school (20 years ago) is retiring this year. I just mailed him a thank you card. It’s been 20 years – he remembers me. yours will remember you. 

There are even a few former students who have grown up to become friends. They are 25-26 now and when they are in town we’ll grab a beer (weird!!!!) I’m actually working out the details to have a former student house/dog sit while we are overseas for our wedding/honeymoon

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

DO IT! 

I’m a high school teacher. On occasion over the years I’d be reminded of some of my greatest teachers, and I’d email them a quick reminder of who I am, what I’m up do, and why I thought of them, and a big THANK YOU. Teachers made all the difference to me, and I thought it was so special and generous to tell them that. 

Now that I’m teaching in the same district that I grew up in, I’ve actually come across a few of them years later, and it’s always such a trip to catch up with them.

I LOVE hearing from former students about what they’re up to or how my class may have affected them. 

It’s also why I like giving positive feedback to my students by calling home or sending school-printed postcards – the connection we have through education is so special.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

@minipenguin:  Definitely do it. I have only been teaching for a couple of years, and I still love running into my former students in the grocery store. They’re only a year or two older but I love hearing about how they’re doing in school and what’s going on in their lives.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes, do it! I am a teacher and I know I would love it. It really is a thankless job most of the time, so I’m sure it would do them good to know that they made a lasting impact on a student (and better yet, that the student realizes it! haha).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Off the top of my head, I can’t recall the names of every student I have taught, but if one were to contact me, it would all come rushing back to me.

Teachers love to hear about their students’ successes.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

My mom has been a teacher for almost 30 years and she has received letters and emails from former students before telling her how much they impacted their lives. It is one of the most rewarding parts of the job if that happens to you. I really wouldn’t hesitate. However, I would also reach out in a letter or email, and not on Facebook. I actually emailed a college professor of mine earlier this year to thank you for the opportunities that she made available to me, since without them I wouldn’t have gotten my first teaching job. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

DO IT!

 

I was fortunate enough to do my student teaching/work as a teacher assistant at my old elementary school. My 1st grade teacher is the reason why I am teaching and I think of her all the time. She was ecstatic when I told her!

I love that my kids who are in middle school come back to visit me- I hope that I make enough of an impact on a student someday that they will contact me after they graduate!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m not on Facebook but my school email address is right on our district’s web site.  I get emails quite often from former students and love it!  I teach science so I also have former students email me questions.  I have also had students come back and visit the school and seek me out and it’s so neat to see that some students have gone into teaching because of me! Smile

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@minipenguin:  I think contacting a former teacher is a great idea, you should totally do it! You’d be surprised at how they might even remember you! I kept in touch with a few teachers after high school graduation and they were always happy to hear back from me and encourage me to keep going to school.

If they had such a great impact in your life, there is no better reward to them than letting them know 🙂

I am going to be a teacher and I used to volunteer at church teaching little kids, some of them still see me and come running to greet me and hug me, even though it’s been like 3 or 4 years, it is indeed a great feeling to know how much they care about you and remember 🙂

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