Letter to My Teachers of Long Ago

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Letter to My Teachers of Long Ago is a personal letter of reminiscing the teachers and mentors who have been part in shaping the life of the Letter Writer.


October 3, 2013

To my teachers who will always be part of who I am,

Pictures of you and the moments I connect with each of you flashed through my mind as I watched my children prepare their “Happy Teachers’ Day” cards for their advisers and subject teachers. They have, together with their classmates prepared for special numbers for this day to honor the people who are guiding them in their learning journey. Although I do not remember doing the same during my time, that doesn’t mean I am any less grateful for what you have done for me.

I remember you my Penmanship Teacher for being so patient as I learned the intricacies of writing. Even when you held a ruler in your hand as if ready at any time to strike during those times that such punishment was allowed in school, you never did let go of it. The mere thought that you can, was enough to make me an excellent practitioner of my school’s standard penmanship and for that I will be forever grateful to you.

I remember you my Language Teacher for being so conscientious in correcting my essays that all I can see were red marks on my papers after they have gone through your eyes and hands. You were the original Grammar Nazi. I hated you for that but now I understood why it had to be so. You were actually preparing me for this work that I have now.

I remember you my Music Teacher for almost failing me for catching me sleep in your class.  I have never been able to tell you that it wasn’t personal and that I didn’t find your subject boring as you thought.  It was really for lack of sleep because I stayed up late the night before just to watch a beauty contest which I was crazy about during those times. I learned to take responsibility for my actions and to make better choices after that.

I remember you my Management Teacher for your advice on marriage more than your lessons on business management. You were so motherly that I felt I can confide in you although I never did. When my husband said the line about “I give you this arrhae as a sign of my promise to take care of you…”, during our wedding day, I clearly remembered that you admonished all females students in the class to take care and manage well the money provided by our future husbands. That to you is the real meaning of the bride’s response of “I accept”. Now that’s practical management lessons for you.

I remember you my Law Teacher for terrorizing the whole class so much that half of us dropped out from your subject after the first two weeks. I was one of those who stayed because my parents assured me that they will not pay a single cent if I dropped any subject. You were constantly unsmiling. You even looked incredulous with our answers, always challenging us to explain deeper and not merely memorizing. The few times you smiled and laughed, they were done in a seemingly insulting and sarcastic manner. In the last day of our class, you congratulated each and every one of us who stayed. You passed everyone  because you said we deserved it. I thank you for helping me discover that I am made of tougher stuff after all.

I remember all of you now and hope that you are well wherever you are. Maybe some of you have passed on to the other life but I am happy to say that your teaching legacy lives on in me. In my many failures in life, I remember you for believing that I was worth teaching.

Happy Teacher’s Day to each of you and thank you for being part of my education.


In recognition of your true worth as teachers,

Letter Writer



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Teresa Martinez

A freelance researcher-writer who has continuously been in such field for more than 10 years. Previous to that, her work experiences are in the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. More of her work in Google+

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16 Responses to “Letter to My Teachers of Long Ago”

  1. I remember clearly my teacher when I was in Elementary where our English teacher made us terrified but we learned a lot from her and she’s the reason that made me love answering essay questions.. 😀

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Teachers have different ways of teaching and most of the time we remember most who we thought gave us a hard time but were actually teaching us.

  2. Franc Ramon says:

    I think I should also write a similar letter to my teachers of the past as they have been instrumental with my success.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      I would dare to generalize that all successful people has at least one good teacher or mentor behind their success.

  3. - Justin - says:

    this~!!! It was just in timing.. I actually posted saying a simple thank you to all my former teachers.. they just inspired me and molded me as who I am today.. Mabuhay ang mga Guro!

  4. My sister is an elementary teacher and I see her hard work and dedication.
    I salute all teachers.

  5. Karen says:

    Most of my favorite teachers have passed away…still I am grateful for the lessons they taught me and the inspiration they gave me.

  6. oh law school! I remember the days and yes I quit (due to finances). Nevertheless, I love all of my teachers except that teacher who tormented me in my math subject which is the reason I’m scared about anything that has to do with math. (to think that my dad is extra awesome in math since he has a degree in electrical engineering). My Mom is also a teacher for more than 3 decades 🙂 Yes, I’m a proud son.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Actually mine was only a law subject in relation to my business degree but I sure got a real taste of what it must be like in law school courtesy of my “terror” teacher.

  7. Kudos to all the teachers who sacrifice to their students and willing to teach them in school.

  8. Fervil Von says:

    It’s really heart-warming when a student reminisces his/her mentor. We cannot fathom how grateful they are when we remember or visit them. They may not know all our names anymore but they all value their students like their own. I salute all the teachers for their burning passion and dedication. You truly are our heroes. 🙂

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