Thank you Mr. Hess:) with a FREEBIE

I have spent a lot of time this weekend going though old boxes and such...trying to get ready to start packing our house. Today I went though a box of old cards. Cards from high school graduation, college graduation, birthdays and holidays. Some dating back to the early 90's. 

One card caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you! With closing out Teacher Appreciation week, this card I found was very fitting. Mr. Hess, my high school Algebra Teacher was the reason I became a teacher. This is what he wrote me on my high school graduation day!

We all called him Hessman! He was such an inspiration! I know he taught high school and I teach elementary, but it was his passion and dedication for students which influenced me. He would go above and beyond, do anything he could to help every single student.

EVERYONE wanted to have him as a teacher. I as lucky that I got to be his TA one semester during my senior year. It was awesome...except for the part where I can to clean his overhead projector. He had the rolling film! So by the end of the day the thing was FILLED. 

I remember hearing about his retirement celebration! He went out in true style! A limo came to his house, picked him up, took him to work, out to lunch, and home again. He was loved by many! I am friends with him in Facebook and keep up with him time to time. I will be sharing this letter with him today!

So to end Teacher Appreciation week, I want to give you all something for free! Just leave a comment with your email and I will get you this frame!

Have a GREAT week everyone!


  1. What a great story! I loved my HS French teacher...bless her heart, she knew none of us (smack dab in the middle of America) were ever going to use a single word of French but she made it fun and engaging for us, nonetheless!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  2. I loved reading this post, Tonya! I had a HS English teacher that I felt the same way about. Thanks for sharing!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. I had an elementary principal that was instrumental in me going into education. He died of a heart attack my Sophomore year in college. They named a school in the district for him and made it a back to basics magnet school, which is fitting for him. I was lucky to meet and talk to his widow in March and thanked her for sharing her husband with me while I was in his school. I hope one day, I will be one of those teachers to a student. I have had a couple come back and thank me as they are graduating. Very rewarding!


  4. I think all of us who are teachers can think back to one or two educators from our past who had a big influence on us. I was blessed to have great teachers in elementary and secondary. I like to think I carry a little bit of them with me and give the best of their influence to my kiddos. Corny, but true. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!
    Teaching in the Valley

  6. Love that story :) thank you for sharing the frame!