Mom of two Abby Martin didn’t know what had come over her son, Rylan, when he came home from school one afternoon. She was concerned  after all, the young boy told his mom that he had cried at school, which is something no parent wants to hear. Rylan even admitted that he was embarrassed by it.
When Abby asked why, she had no idea that she, too, would be brought to tears. Rylan took out a letter from his teacher, which was given to every student in the class. It was about their upcoming exams. And of course, taking an exam is a scary prospect, enough to bring any kid to tears, but it’s what the teacher told her students in the note that made Abby thankful for such a wonderful woman in her son’s life.
Scroll down to read what this compassionate teacher told her students.
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Photo courtesy of Abby Martin
Abby, a mother of two boys, grew concerned when her son, Rylan, came home and told his mom that he had cried in school. When she asked why, he took a letter out of his backpack. It was from his teacher.
The letter read:
“Dearest Students,
Next week you will take your ISTEP test for math and reading, and two weeks after that you will take your IREAD test. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know.”
“The ISTEP and IREAD tests do not assess all of what makes you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you like I do, and certainly not the way your families do.”
“They do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or little sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful… and every day you try your very best.”
“The scores you will get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. These tests do not define you. There are many ways of being smart. YOU are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day and the reason I am happy to come to work each day. So, in the midst of all of these tests, remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU.”
“All I ask is that you do your personal best and do not give up. You have been working for this since Kindergarten and are ready! I believe in you!”
In response, the tearful mom posted a picture of the letter on Instagram and Facebook with the caption: “Rylan got in the car today and told me that he was embarrassed because he cried at school. I asked him what upset him, and he told me he cried because he was happy about a letter his teacher gave his class before they take the ISTEP. Needless to say, when I read it, I cried, too. We need not just more teachers like her, but also more people like her in this world.”
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