Mr. Hart , Granada High School

by Katarina
(Livermore, CA, US)

Mr. Hart was my Honors English teacher for twelve weeks during my junior year. The following is a thank you letter that I wrote to him after my time in his class was unfortunately over with. I believe the letter to be self-explanatory, in that after reading it, one will be able to see how Mr. Hart inspired me.

Dear Mr. Hart,
William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” The more I reflect on my time in your class last trimester, the more I realize the enormity of gratitude I have for you and how poorly I expressed it. The first reaction I get upon mentioning your name or your class is usually, “Mr. Hart’s the best teacher ever!” Although I believe this to be true, I realize that comment alone doesn’t sum up how or why you’re the best teacher ever; I also realize that although we as students may talk about you as the best teacher ever, you may not be aware that we think this way. My personal “You’re the best teacher ever” comment doesn’t even begin to sum up how much last trimester in your class meant to me and how much I learned from you. I need to express my utmost gratitude and thanks to you for being a phenomenal teacher and for everything you taught me.

The thing I appreciate you for the most, is for making it possible for me to love learning. I was excited to come to class everyday and learn and take in as much as I possibly could. You made me want to know more and learn as much as I can about literature, art, and grammar. English has always been my favorite subject in school but I lost my passion for it somewhere along the way. In your class I was able to reignite my passion for English, i.e., literature, writing, art, and analysis. I know that after your class I can never read a book, look at a piece of art, or watch a movie, in the same way again. I am forever grateful that you taught me to understand how a text says something, not just what is says. I’m thankful that you helped me to understand Portrait and that you helped me learn to love it and want to read it over and over again. You taught me the importance of writing a rough draft, editing and revising. You encouraged me to push the boundaries of my mind, to think deeper and harder and I believe that I’m becoming a better person for that. I thank you for helping me to discover what “art” is and for making me find my personal definition of it. In your class, I experienced the pure enjoyment in the creation of ideas expressed through writing and understanding the fine details in literature. You made me want to work harder in your class than I had in any previous class. You helped me see that being weird is a good thing. You taught me how to better understand myself and how I work, and how I can apply that knowledge and also my knowledge of how other people work in order to learn how to work better with others. What I really need to thank you for Mr. Hart, is for changing my life. After taking your class (and listening to your Mille Verba podcasts), I am completely inspired. I now want to major in English and I’m seriously considering becoming a teacher so that I can inspire kids just as you’ve inspired me. I cannot wait to become an expert in English and I thank you for getting me closer to that.

I have benefited greatly from having you as my teacher. I learned more than I could have ever hoped for and the things I learned are things I will remember for the rest of my life. You are the most effective teacher I’ve ever had and probably ever will have. You’re great at what you do and I hope you never stop teaching until you absolutely have to. I just hope to express my great thanks to you for everything you’ve taught me and everything your teaching will help me to become in the future. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to be a student in your class. I genuinely hope I will have that opportunity again in the future.


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