We Feel You: A Note From Your Child’s Teacher

You’ve purchased all of the school supplies your child needs. Their backpack is full and ready to go. Your child’s favorite lunch foods are packed, and you even had time to stick a little love note for them in their lunch. They have on the perfect outfit for their first day, and you have a full charge on your cell phone so that you can take at least 100 pictures to remember the day by.

You get to school, take the photos you have been waiting for, hug them goodbye, and off they go. You wipe your tears while you head back to your car, all while knowing that they are going to have the best day, which you will hear all about when they come home after school.

All of this does not go unnoticed by your child’s teacher. Your child may run off, excited for their first day back at school, and not fully appreciate all of the time and effort you have put into making this day as easy and special as it can be. You have made this day easier for your child, but not always for yourself. For 15 years I have watched this scenario, and yes, we teachers feel it!

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We feel you release your breath as you watch the school or classroom door close behind your child. We feel you as your child finds their assigned seat and looks around the classroom for friends they already know. We feel you when your child smiles while sharing what they did over the summer.

We feel you. We really, really do!

At lunchtime when your child needs help opening their milk or putting their straw in their juice box, we channel you. We spread your motherly love at recess when your child falls down and skins their knee. When they are sad and miss home, we hold your child’s hand, just like you would do.

We love your child. We really, really do!

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We have your back when your child blames you as the reason why they do not have their snow boots or says you are the reason they forgot their homework. To help them learn not to forget stuff for school again, we teach them about responsibility, just like you would. We help them learn to respect you, just like we want you to do at home for us. In an effort to create future considerate, polite citizens, we practice skills with your child, such as listening with their whole body and following directions the first time given. These skills will help things be smoother for you at home, too.

We have your back. We really, really do!

As you leave the parking lot on the first day of school, or any day for that matter, know that we will take care of your child as if they were our own. No doubt about that. The responsibility of teaching your child 8 hours a day for 180 days is not lost on us. We promise to do the best we can for your child, because we know you, too, are doing your best.

Parents, we are in this together and we appreciate you.  We really, really do!


Melissa was born and raised right here in Iowa. Although she grew up in southwest Iowa (about as close to Missouri and Nebraska as you can get!), she has called eastern Iowa home for 15 years. She and her husband Eric live in North Liberty, along with their 4 year-old daughter Kennedy. Melissa attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her BA in Early Childhood Special Education and her MAE in K-6 Learning Disabilities. She currently teaches kindergarten for the Clear Creek Amana School District, where she has taught for 14 years. In her spare time, Melissa loves to be outside playing or working on projects in their yard, spending time with family and friends, and baking up goodies for her family. She also enjoys taking walks with their two dogs, plump beagle Lenny and shy dachshund-beagle mix Cooper. Life as a full-time working mommy keeps her very busy, but Melissa wouldn't have it any other way!


    • Awwww…I didn’t mean to make you cry, but I wanted all of the mamas out there to know that we teachers are there for your children no matter what. 🙂


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