The teaching profession is more than educating students. It is also about building meaningful relationships that impact both the teacher and the students.
Allison Kramer built a special relationship with her kindergarten teacher, Linda Wolff, that she carried with her throughout her education. When Allison was in eighth grade, she nominated her for the Golden Apple Teacher Award. Mrs. Wolff sent a letter to Allison to thank her and encourage her to consider attending Missouri State University.
Allison is now in her third year at Missouri State. She recently re-discovered the letter from Mrs. Wolff in her old memories box. She knew her favorite teacher would be thrilled that she attended Missouri State after all and decided to send her a letter by mail.
“I was so excited to send her a letter telling her I chose MSU. I also wanted to tell her that my current roommate was also in her kindergarten class with me,” Allison said. After three attempts, Allison finally found the correct mailing address.
The letter Mrs. Wolff sent in response was filled with stories of her experience at Missouri State. She wrote that she thought everything Allison was doing at Missouri State was awesome, and Allison plans to write back to her to tell her to visit the campus again.
Mrs. Wolff and Allison made a connection that’s lasted for many years. Teachers have the power to inspire and encourage students to achieve their personal and professional goals, just as Mrs. Wolff did for Allison.