Harvard Grad's Childhood Teacher Predicted Her Success in 20-Year-Old Note
They say that children are our future, so we must mold them into being responsible, well-rounded and kind people. As a parent, it is our duty to inspire and encourage our kids to one day become a leader.
As an educator, it is as equally important. That is something that Judith Toensing, a teacher from Yuma, Arizona, knows a lot about. In fact, in 1997, she saw a shining star in one of her sixth-grade students.
Twelve-year-old Christin Gilmer worked on a school project that explained how recycling could work in their small town 15 years before the program actually began.
Toensing saw great things in her student and even noted that in a comment on Gilmer's report card.
"It has been a joy having you in class. Keep up the good work! Invite me to your Harvard graduation!" the teacher wrote.
Twenty-one years later, that invitation was extended when Gilmer received her doctorate in public health from Harvard. After hearing about this inspirational story, Harvard school administrators invited Toensing to the commencement ceremony.
In her address, Dean Michelle Williams thanked Toensing and other educators for their guidance.
"You don’t just teach young people. You inspire them, and you propel them along a path of fulfillment and service to others." Dean Williams said. "Your work is what makes our work possible. Thank you for everything you do, and please keep sending students our way!"