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):
Lol bruh this is insane pic.twitter.com/zawaI7PKzy— . (@mainey_maine) April 25, 2017
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!
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:
This too much man lol I can't stop the tears— . (@mainey_maine) April 24, 2017
Twitter, too, shed a collective tear:
@mainey_maine Wow man I lost it at "I never met my real dad" ????— Washed (@fvckcalvin) April 24, 2017
@fvckcalvin Maaannn as soon as I read that part my heart dropped— . (@mainey_maine) April 24, 2017
@mainey_maine aaaaand crying on a monday. you are AWESOME, keep it up.— Dijana Kunovac (@dijana_kunovac) April 24, 2017
@mainey_maine I think you just won the Life Nobel. ?? So sweet.— Neko Case (@NekoCase) April 24, 2017
Some simply thanked the man and acknowledged him for doing the very best at his job:
@mainey_maine This is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing it.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 24, 2017
@mainey_maine Bless you for having that kind of an impact on a child! More people need to see this as an example— Carly (@nuclearcarly) April 24, 2017
@mainey_maine Congratulations---teaching is a calling and a gift. You have it— Dana Hull (@danahull) April 25, 2017
One woman's poignant reply tweet highlights the utter importance of the man's work:
@mainey_maine The teachers who made me feel this way saved my life.— Tata LaLicious (@byepoleher) April 24, 2017
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 and thumbnail credit: Flickr, Barry Pousman