This is teacher appreciation week. Though I have heard this story before, I have never heard it presented by the poet that wrote it. I post this, not for the students that we work so hard to educate, and not for the public to better understand what we do. I post this for all the teachers out there who really care about their students and their profession and who, if they feel like me, are completely demoralized by the vitrol and misinformation being touted as truth. This is for us. To remind us that we do make a difference in the lives of the children that we teach. To inspire us to press forward with REAL education reform, reform that values students as individuals and teaching as a passion. And if there are some of you out there that just happen to think we made a difference in your life, or your child's life, then don't just let that teacher know how you feel, let your legislators know how you feel. They are the ones that have the power to save public education is this country or destroy it. Share your story about a teacher that made a difference in your life.