July 11, 2010

A happy 'reconnection' on FB!

As a teacher, I often think about the students I've had over the years (more than 20) and wonder how the turned out and what became of them...
Well, I actually 'found' a former student of mine - back from '89 or '90' when I was a teacher's aid for a third grade class. He was one of my favourites- because of his 'challenging' bahaviour. I just heard back from him on FB today and the message he sent brought the tears rolling down my cheeks...
Wow!!! It's really and truly amazing how we can 'reconnect' with people from the long ago past on FB!

Here is the first message I sent to him and what he wrote back-
Leesa Garcia July 7 at 4:43pm
Hi Dennis

I was looking at old pictures of my students and was wondering
if you went to Doyle elementary in the late 80s?
I was a t.a. back then for third grade and I had a student
named Dennis L**... Not sure if that was you... A real terror! hehe!
Take care,
July 11 at 9:26am
Hey Leesa,

Yes I did go to Doyle in the 3rd grade. Its so cool you
remember me. I do remember you and I believe you also
sent me a Vincent Van Gogh postcard. Its so good to hear
from you. I can honestly say you were one of the best TA's
I ever had. You did make a positive impact in my life.
And yes I was a terror! Hahaa! I know I was a handful
back then and I have so much respect for the people
that put up with me. Which not to many people could
put up with me. Lol! But I'm doing good now. I am
currently a Program Specialist for C-, a biopharmaceutical
development company in La Jolla. I'm glad you found me
and its so nice to hear from you!


Here's little Dennis about 20 some years ago when he was 8
years old and a student in the class I TA'd.


Barbara said...

Hi Leesa,
It was so nice talking to you this morning :)
I think that your story goes straight to the heart!!Bless him :)

I have been also a witness to the small miracles of online reunions,having found/refound cousins,old school friends and a few Uni colleagues.

Ron said...

Bonjour Leesa!

"I can honestly say you were one of the best TA's I ever had. You did make a positive impact in my life."

Awwwww....isn't that the absolute BEST thing a student could say to you??? It's the highest compliment to any teacher.

You touch lives and make a difference!

BRAVA, Leesa!


Busy Bee Suz said...

That is so cool!!!

islandgirl4ever2 said...

Hi Barbara--

Thanks! It's so nice to reconnect with people on FB- It never ceases to amaze me!

Ron -- Thanks... It was very touching! So neat to reconnect with a former student who was only 8 years old at the time and now all "grown up."!!

Busy Bee-- Yes!! Super cool!!