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There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs.
Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very
first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she
looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.

But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his
seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched
Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn’t play well with the other
children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.
And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson
would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen,
making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each
child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last. However, when she
reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready
laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners. He is a joy to be

His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well liked
by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal
illness and life at home must be a struggle.”

His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him.. He
tries to do his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home
life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”

Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show
much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps
in class.”

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents,
wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His
present which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got
from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.
Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet
with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of
perfume. But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how
pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on
her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs..
Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.” After the children
left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching
reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him,
his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he
responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest
children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the
children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets.”

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that
she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years
went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had
finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best
teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had
been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would
soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.
Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in
his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a
little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and
favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer—the
letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.

The story doesn’t end there. You see, there was yet another letter that
spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was going to be married. He
explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was
wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding
that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs.
Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several
rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that
Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear,
“Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making
me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.” Mrs.
Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, “Teddy, you
have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a
difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.” more  

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Chandrkanta Ma'm, it brought tears to my eyes-- you know Ma'm , why Teddy always kept Mrs. Thompson in the post of his best teacher? Because she realised her mistake and tried to keep Teddy happy in everyway -- her insight was roused and she wished to rectify herself.But Teddy didn't know that-- he felt that Mrs. Thompson was firm as well as kind -- just like his mother. Mrs. Thompson's attitude towards him changed-- but she was the first one to motivate him to do good in life-- so she remained his most favourite teacher for a life time.This happens to everyone in life-- its not difficult to recognise a true mentor who loves you unconditionally and paves way for success. She is irreplaceable . more  
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