Shockzilla, where do I even start with how wonderful you have made my senior year? I am unable to picture the way this year would have gone if I did not have a teacher I was capable of being sassy with. I can tell that in your class my skills as a student have drastically improved, and I have to thank you a lot for helping me develop these skills. I come to school everyday dreading what is in store, but the one thing that always makes me have a great day is knowing that you will be there to have something sarcastic to say. The one thing I know is that, even though AP Lit is not my favorite subject, having you as the teacher makes it my favorite class. And the best way to describe our “friendship” is “fair is foul and foul is fair.” I really want you to have another 80 years of influencing students and fellow teachers, and have as much of an impact on them as you did me. I want to say thank you so much for letting me be myself around you, it really means a lot for someone who has to hide who they are at home.
I walked into your class at the beginning of the year very nervous. I knew it was going to be a challenge; that the workload and curriculum would be completely different than what I had adjusted myself to throughout the three other years of high school English.
At the same time though, I was excited; I came to school on the first day expecting a great class that would push me to become so much more than I ever thought was possible. However, I was delighted to find that I had a teacher that would do the exact same thing.
This entire year has been so fun. Our whole class feels so close, being able to joke with each other; and I would never have felt as welcome as I do if not for you. You add a different kind of personality to the class, making it fun to do even the hardest of assignments and that’s the kind of classroom environment that I love and work best in. You can talk to us on such a personal level, where you become not only our teacher, but our friend.
I just wanted to say thank you. I feel like I’m only scratching the surface when it comes to explaining the reasons why you’re such a fantastic teacher; because honestly, it’s hard to put into words. You’ve improved my reading, writing, and comprehension skills so much throughout the year, all while making it an incredibly fun class.
Thanks for being so great.
I remember thinking at the beginning of the year, “Oh, this class will be better than last year. Reading all fiction is so much better than all non-fiction.” I knew that it would be a lot of work, especially if I wanted to major in something English-related in college. I knew that I would have to try my best and not let senioritis get the best of me (even though it very much did), and I knew I needed to get as far as I could in order to be prepared to take on college. But, what I didn’t know, was that Mrs. Shockley would have a big impact on my life. English has always been one of my stronger subjects, but it wasn’t even the class that had the biggest impact on me. Mrs. Shockley is one of the nicest people I have ever met. A lot of times, me and a couple others will go into her room before school and we will just talk and carry on. I think that that is one of the best qualities of Shockley. She makes it easy to just be able to talk to her, it’s easy to trust her and know that she is one of the only teachers that will take you seriously and won’t just brush your problems away. That’s such a good quality for teachers to have, and it has impacted my life so much. I appreciate everything Mrs. Shockley has done for me, it all means so much.
Oh Shockley. I can honestly say I look forward to your class everyday (almost everyday)- and I don’t think it’s necessarily because of the Shakespeare and Hemingway. The environment you create in your classes is really an amazing thing. I love that you make everyone of your students feel special, even if it involves sass, and it usually does. I can tell you genuinely care about what’s going on in a student’s life. I appreciate your sarcasm and your determination to teach class to your own standards, not a principal grading system. I don’t want to be a teacher, but if I did I would hope to be like you. Senior year has made me realize the importance of teacher- student relationships in high school and I’m glad you get to be one of them. Thank you for being you.