This statement really disturbs me. First, my former student is a wonderful person. She is intelligent and hard working, and a pleasure to have in class every day. I always noticed when she was working and when she was absent, but clearly I didn’t make enough of an effort to demonstrate that to her.
But now I have an incredible opportunity because I know how this new student feels about high school and I can do something about it. Every chance I can get I can try to show her that she is important and I know that she is there. So, to this student and to all the other students I will have this year (because everyone is important to me)