Dear Mr. Dalton,
Having you as my teacher has taught me so much. Not just literary techniques, analysis skills, and essay writing, but rather you taught me about myself. You taught me that asking for help and showing vulnerability when I am going through a hard time results in an outpouring of support and a willingness to understand and compromise. This will translate into my future experiences with my teachers as I am now unafraid to ask for help as I know that I will be treated like a human being, not merely a cog in the greater machine of education. You have also taught me that literature has many interpretations, indeed, life has many interpretations, and that it is much better to take a leap and be creative than to read and analyze at a surface level. Going to class was both fun and grueling. Sometimes Lit provided a respite from my other responsibilities, a time in which I was free to think and a time to engage with alternative perspectives. Other times, if a text was unmanageable or I was feeling discouraged with my abilities, the class was difficult to engage with, however, you gave it your all every lesson and I thank you for that. This time last year was tremendously difficult for me, but when I reached out for help, you reached right back. You encouraged me to keep going and push through because you knew I was capable, and we did it! It was a tough recovery and at times my grades were disappointing, but I do believe that I have grown so much as a writer and as a person because of it and because of you. Thank you for these past two years and thank you for pushing me to achieve my best, let’s hope it translates into my exams!
P.S. I will not forget you so you better not forget me! 🙂