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When I was in the 3rd grade, my mother told me that she would be divorcing my father. I didn’t clearly understand what that meant at the time, but I felt like it was the end of the world. There were many days that I cried myself to sleep, worrying about the impact that this had on my life. Even though I lived with my grandparents, if I had to choose one of my parents, I would definitely choose my father (I never really understood why).  I was always a daddy’s girl and only about 8-9 years old, so it was only natural that I thought that I would never see my father again since my parents were getting a divorce. My parent’s divorce had a huge effect on me. It’s weird how I can’t remember certain things in my childhood, but that definitely stood out in my mind.

My grades started to slip and my attitude started to sour because of the experience. In some ways, I think I got really depressed…

My teacher at the time was Mrs. Delemos. I don’t remember half of my numerous teachers names, but I will always remember Mrs. Delemos. She was a short and petite woman, probably in her 50s, with gray hair. She wore glasses and would look up at us from above the rims whenever she thought we were doing something. Of course, when I was a child, she seemed larger than life (it’s amazing the childhood viewpoint).

I was always an A/B student, so it was particularly unusual for me to start having C’s and D’s.  When Mrs. Delemos saw that my grades were starting to slip, she immediately took action.  She made a call to my grandparents and scheduled a meeting to find out what was going on. When they informed her of what I was going through, she offered her shoulder for me to cry on for just a moment. It was a great moment to just get a hug from someone other than family – I felt she truly understood how I felt.

But then she dove right in…she pushed me harder than she ever had before. She said to me that the best way to survive any issue is to step right into it and keep walking. It’s not that it won’t hurt and you won’t be sad, but you can’t let it take over your entire being so much that you give up on the things that you love. During class, it would be nothing different – she treated me like everyone else. And no one was the wiser about my heartbreak.  She would not pick on me, but she would always keep me after school to make sure that I finished my homework. She gave me extra assignments to keep my mind busy while I was at home and thinking about the divorce. She left special notes on my homework, encouraging me to keep moving forward.

In addition to getting through the experience, I also started a beautiful relationship with music and mathematics, all because of Mrs. Delemos. To this day, I can lose myself in music or math of any kind and forget all of my troubles. I learned so much in Mrs. Delemos’ class and I wish everyone had / could have a teacher like her to teach, inspire, motivate, and push every child.  I have had some amazing teachers in my life, but none can take the place of Mrs. Delemos.  How has a teacher changed your life?

I don’t know where she is today, but I would love to say thank you…what better way than through promoting the Teachers Change Lives program.

Here is a beautiful video from this wonderful program of students thanking their teachers for all that they do!

Did You Know? 

  • Teachers spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas.
  • Teachers are doing innovative things in the classroom and you can help them do more by donating
  • You can donate to the teacher highlighted in the video, or a teacher in your local community
  • Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students
  • Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students

Would you like to donate to the Teachers Change Lives Program? 

  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website.
  2. Click on the teal “Donate to a Teacher” box on the Teachers Change Lives website, which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website.
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there.

Would you like to register your classroom as a teacher?

  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website.
  2. Click on the red box that says “Register Your Classroom,” which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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About Natasha

Hi, I'm Natasha! I'm a 30-something Program Manager and blogger at Epic Mommy Adventures. Most importantly, I'm a single mom to my adorable son, who drives me nuts in one moment and melts my heart in the next. I enjoy sharing our epic stories, giving advice to other single moms, and sharing my co-parenting woes. I also share blog hops, giveaways, product reviews, and so much more. Join the fun!

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