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[Weekly Inspiration] Student Invites Former Teacher to Harvard Graduation 21 Years Later

[Weekly Inspiration] Student Invites Former Teacher to Harvard Graduation 21 Years Later

At the end of the school year in 1997, Mrs. Toensing, a sixth-grade teacher from Yuma, Arizona wrote a note in Christin Gilmer’s report card. It read: “It has been a joy to have you in class. Keep up the good work! Invite me to your Harvard graduation!” Little did she know, Christin would do just that 21 years later.

Christin held on to these words for the next two decades, as she made her way through her undergraduate degree and then on to a doctoral program at Harvard. “Anytime I was having any anxiety or struggling with cruel injustices in the world, or even doubting myself, it helped me to remember her words.” Christin said, looking back on the note.

As teachers, it can be easy to forget why you got into teaching in the first place when one deals with the ups and downs of the school year. It’s important to remember that a seemingly small remark to a student may truly impact their life and help them achieve greatness.