Dear Mrs. Burns…

Macy Funk plans to attend Indiana University Southeast, where she will major in elementary education in the fall.

When I was asked to recognize the most influential teacher I’ve had throughout my academic career, many came to mind. I have been so blessed to have had so many people throughout the last 12 years that have impacted me in such a positive way.

With that being said, there is one in particular that stood out to me. When I first walked into my kindergarten classroom at five years old, I was flooded with so many different emotions. I was so excited for what was to come, but with that also came some fear. I’m so thankful that I had such an amazing teacher in my corner, that made all of that fear seem to just disappear.

Some of my best memories have come from my kindergarten year, and it is all thanks to this teacher. She is a teacher that did not only teach me my ABC’s, how to count, and how to read. She is also a teacher who taught me how to be a better student, and how to always do my best in all that I do.

Right before the beginning of my senior year, I had a conversation with one of the people that knows me best, as a student. I was freaking out, as I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. She suggested I take an internship class, and observe in a classroom at Johnson Elementary School. At first I thought she was crazy, but I decided to go through with it, and I am so thankful that I did. 

I chose to observe in my kindergarten teacher’s classroom, and I loved getting to see how she taught from an observer’s standpoint this time, instead of a student’s. I quickly realized that it takes a very special person to do what she, and every other educator does, each and every day. I am so thankful that she welcomed me into her classroom each day, and that she allowed me to interact, and help with her students as much as I could.

I am so blessed to have had this opportunity to be in her classroom for the second time, and because of this, I have no doubt that I someday hope to be even half of the teacher, and woman that she is. So to Robin Burns, I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done, and for setting such a great example for me. 

Macy Funk 

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