I created a MySpace account a few months ago just to check it out. I really don't use it too much to network with people. I feel like I am a little bit too old for that crowd. That being said, my MySpace has account has ended up being a very valuable thing to have.
In the past several months, I have either found or been found by old high school and college friends. It has been fun reconnecting with old acquaintances. Today though I received the best MySpace treasure ever. A former student of mine, from my first years of teaching e-mailed me. What a surprise!
My first few years of teaching were at a non public school for S.E.D. children. This former student of mine is one that I will never forget because she was both a character and a challenge. For confidentiality reasons, I don't really want to write up the details of my interactions with her but it is fair to say that I had many ups and downs with this little one. Be that as it was, I always loved coming to school each and every day because I loved her energy, her outlook on life and her strong willed spirit. Of all the students I have taught thus far, I felt as if my bond with her was the strongest. We really connected.
I left that school after several years and went on to teach in public school. From time to time, over the years, I have run into this girl's mother around town and inquired about her. Each time, her mother has ended our conversations a bit teary eyed and thanked me for everything I did with her daughter.
Well, today, the tables were turned. Today, I received two lovely e-mails from this beautiful, young lady. (20 years old!!!!!!!!!) She told me a bit about herself, thanked me, inquired about me and made me extremely proud to be a teacher. I am the one who cried today.
I guess that MySpace does have some good things to offer!!!