Dear Mrs. Scribe,
First off, kudos to you and your amazing teaching abilities. Not to get mushy, but I am so fortunate to have ended up in your AP Lang class. Not only did I somehow come out with very useful essays, but being on the [newspaper] and [yearbook staffs] has been AWESOME. I am only sorry that I flubbed and got a 3 on the exam. :) (Pshh...collegeboard...what do they know anyway?) My score, however, is no reflection of what I learned. Clearly you MUST know what a great and influential teacher you are. After all...so many kids and their parents raised all hell this year when they were pulled out of your super-fantastic classes [because of schedule changes].
Along with your stellar and creative teaching abilities, you're also a great advice-giver. Not only on education-related things, but life in general. Every story you tell, particularly the more humorous ones, all come to me like a little personal essay with some piece of mind to share. :) I'll definitely miss hearing about past [newspaper] staffs and about your cute John Belushi hubby [Mr. Fairway was accused, in his youth, of resembling the late SNL star].
The big one, though, has to be college-related stuff. [Insert name of big-time university here] is definitely the place for me and you (though you may not have been consciously aware) guided me through some mass confusion.
I am also super-duper grateful for all of those letters of rec you helped me out with for both colleges & scholarships. I'm at $6,100 in scholarship money right now and there's potential for more before the year ends (cross your fingers!).
Now that I've sung your praises, here's what I've been thinking about: Journalism! At the [insert important benevolent organization's name here] scholarship reception, [insert name of a big-time magazine editor here]...really got me thinking. I really loved the excitement of all the reporters loving their jobs.
In general, [the big-time editor's] story of wanting to be a doctor, then a lawyer, then freaking her parents out & becoming a journalist really caught my attention. I guess I just wanted to let you know that was on my mind :) and really...indirectly...you helped put it there. :)
Well, Mrs. Scribe, that's all I have to say for now. I need to save some thank-yous for the end of the year. You're a GREAT teacher; what else is there to say? I only hope my professors are as intriguing, funny and inspiring as you (corny moment, but oh-so-true!).
A Cherub from the Class of '03