On Saturday I found out that one of my former students had passed away. She was a bright, beautiful girl just starting her journey into adulthood. I spent a considerable amount of time reading the posts on her Facebook wall and they were a combination of favorite stories, things I wish I had said and regrets.
This is the third student I have lost in the past year and a half. I am no stranger to grief and loss, but each of these deaths are especially difficult because the kids are so young and haven't had the opportunity to fully realize their potential.
I hope that their lives were full. In honor of my former students I want to dedicate this week to really paying attention to my current students. I want them to know how much I appreciate and enjoy being their teacher.