I met Ahmed when he came to my class in the middle of the term. He was newly arrived from Pakistan and barely spoke English and his bathing habits were not up to our standards. He was shy and quiet and struggled with the math but he was never absent, never late and worked hard. This was extremely difficult because the class had a lot of uncontrollable students.
Fast forward to today. Ahmed and I are Facebook buddies. The picture above is him, minus the face. He is a sharp dressing, confident, successful young I commented how nicely he grew up and how happy I was to see the transformation from the shy young boy to the confident, successful young man. He replied that he will always remember me as his best teacher ever.
And this is what teaching is all about.