Eliza has had what I'll just call an "issue" at school the past month or so. Nothing awful, just a bit of a glitch. I reached out to one of her specialty teachers to help Eliza and to help me resolve the issue. In typical Anne fashion I wrote a probably far too detailed letter, sent it in and hoped for the best.
The teacher took his time to talk with Eliza at length and helped enormously to resolve the problem. And all it really took was some kind and caring words in his conversation with Eliza. Eliza really looks up to this teacher and his input has made a world of difference in just a few days. More importantly, he really went out of his way to understand the problem, Eliza's unique issues and to discuss it with Eliza in a way she could understand. He was also very compassionate and reassuring in my conversation with him.
Teachers have an enormous influence on children's lives and by extension, a parent's life. They have a tough job and we entrust our children to them for a huge portion of our children's lives. As in any profession, there are some teachers who should think of a career change, but let's be honest, no one becomes a teacher for the enormous salary and annual bonus.
So if you and your children are lucky enough to have kind and caring teachers, tell them thank you every so often.