A few weeks ago, I received a LinkedIn request from a woman named Sherry Julitz. I thought we knew each other because of my friend Christy Suerth, who also is an accomplished recruiter like Sherry. I accepted the LinkedIn connection and said that I was happy to know that we were connected through Christy.
However, I astonished to learn that Christy was not the connection when Sherry responded to my message:
“Good Morning Sheila, Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect. Actually you were my third great teacher at Washington school in Park Ridge, 1969. You were my favorite grade school teacher. You made a difference in how I viewed learning. I came across your What Color Is Your Brain?® book on the Internet the other day. It sounds very interesting, and maybe very helpful in my line of work.”
Of course my “Blue Brain and Heart” were overwhelmed. I immediately responded to Sherry and I sent her my phone number hoping we would chat soon.
This afternoon the phone rang and the voice said, “Hello, Mrs. Glazov, this is Sheryl Julitz”. I was delighted! Then we immediately agreed that I would call Sheryl “Sherry” and she would call me “Sheila”. With our formal names issue settled we shared a lengthy and JOYFUL conversation. Tears welled in my eyes as Sherry honored me with her memories about our class and how I made a difference in her life.
Teachers always look for “teachable moments” in and out of the classroom. We never know when we are going to make a lasting impression and a difference in our students lives!
Not all of us may be classroom teachers, but I believe everyone is a teacher who can impact other people’s lives! We may not realize the fact for 42 years or a life time, but we do make a difference!
“Sherry, thank you for making a difference in my life!”
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