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Letter to My Teacher

This is a letter that my daughter wrote to her teacher of two years at our local public elementary school who recently announced that she will be retiring.
She wrote the entire letter herself without any adult supervision.

She wrote the entire letter without an anyone asking her to.

No second drafts.

No re-write.

No frustration or tears.

No ‘I can’t (s)’ – (for those parents reading who are all too familiar with the evening homework routine).

And no fights.

Instead, it seemed effortless, as if she knew exactly what she wanted to say.  Marked with patience, heart and passion.

After reading the letter for the first time, my wife and I glanced at each other and didn’t need to say a word – we knew exactly what each other was thinking – our oldest daughter is growing up….and it’s happening fast.

Not only has she learned how to do things we never thought she would, but she has matured as a person in ways we never thought we would see by the end of 3rd grade.

Not only growing as a student, but as a person.  Not only the doing, but also the being.

And it had nothing to do with the kind of school, private or public, uniforms or not, state of the art facilities, expensive technology, or fancy blackboards – and absolutely everything to do with her teacher.  A teacher that not only brought her experience, teaching know-how and curriculum with her every morning, but one who brought her heart.

And that made the difference.  Great teachers drive growth with heartwork.

So while my daughter will officially be one of the students from her retiring teacher’s last class, there’s another group of students who would soak up her teaching.


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With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.

Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.

Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.