Teacher Receives Heart-rending Note: 'I Look At You Like My Dad'

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"I never met my real Dad but it okay because you treat me like im your son. You make me so happy. Always feeding me when I am hungry and hug me when I am sad."

Sometimes, we forget the significance of the impact educators have on the newest generation. But they're always there, making a difference in children's lives. 

Take, for instance, this Atlanta-based teacher, who posted a photo of a note left on his desk by one of his students. (Tip: Keep the tissues handy): 

The sweet note — which we'd estimate was written by a late elementary or early middle school student — reads:

"To Mr. J

thank you for being a awesome teacher and for being amazing! This school year was so fun and I enjoyed it because of you. I wish more teachers was like you. I will never forget you. I look at you like my Dad. I never met my real Dad but it okay because you treat me like im your son. You make me so happy. Always feeding me when I am hungry and hug me when I am sad. I will never forget you Mr. J. I love you and I will never forget about you!

Love Markus"

If that's not a letter for the ages, we're not sure what is. The teacher himself couldn't seem to hold it together: 

Twitter, too, shed a collective tear:

Some simply thanked the man and acknowledged him for doing the very best at his job:

One woman's poignant reply tweet highlights the utter importance of the man's work: 

America's education system may be deeply flawed, but teachers like these are making the most of their jobs, and young lives are all the better for it. 

Banner/thumbnail credit: Flickr user Barry Pousman

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