Letters from Students:

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

 I would like to start off by thanking you for everything you have done for me over the past four years.  From teaching me to love myself unconditionally to showing me how important it is to talk to people about what’s on your mind.  You truly have changed me as a person and from that you’ve helped me to become a better person.  I cannot thank you enough for all the life lessons I have learned from you.  You managed to reach out and touch my heart and soul in such a positive way that it blows my mind.  You have an extraordinary gift in your ability to connect with people and I know that you will continue to change the lives of people who have lost sight of who they are.  You will always have a special place in my heart.  I will always tell people how you’ve inspired me to do great things in life and how you helped me become a better person.

 I wish nothing but the best for you in life.  You have given me the skills I need to touch the lives of people in the way that you have touched my life.  You have shown me that although happiness requires hard work it is completely worth it.  You’ve shown me that my opinion is the one that matters most and that I should do what really makes me happy because in reality that’s what is most important.  I want you to know that the love and hard work you put into people really does change their lives.  You make people feel like there is someone out there who actually cares whether or not you wake up the next morning.  People look up to you.  I look up to you. You truly are an amazing person and the world would be a much better place with more people like you in it.

 I want you to promise me one thing.  Promise me that you will embrace what you love.  Do whatever it is that makes you happy and I mean truly happy.  If you want to write then write your little heart out!  I would read a book you wrote and that’s saying a lot.  Continue to paint, write poetry and change people’s lives.  But most importantly just be yourself!



Dear Ms. Mitchell,

 I want you to know I decided to go to the University of Guelph because it felt right to me.  I also just wanted to thank you for all you have done for me.  You have been a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend.  Really, I will never forget the things you taught me about life in grade 10 English.  You are an inspiration to me and an excellent person.  I wish you luck with your book and your life!



Dear Ms. Mitchell,

 Thank you for being such a great teacher:  you went beyond the requirements for your job.  I will definitely miss not getting my dose of “Ms. Mitchell positivity” daily next semester!  I hope to have you again as a teacher.

 You have really made an impact on my life and taught me to see things from many different perspectives.  You got me thinking!  It was great to have a teacher that took the time to get to know everyone as an individual.  I enjoyed being able to talk to you and get your advice on any situation.

 You taught me how to block when needed and that we can make our world a better place by remaining positive and thinking on the bright side.  Now I really can “park my negative at the door” but know that it’s still my responsibility to pick it back up and deal with it.

 You taught me that everyone has control over their own emotions and that the choices we make are all important, even if they are considered to be bad ones.  We can always learn from our experiences because every mistake teaches us something.

 Thank you again.  You are a life-saver!! It won’t be as fun not having you second semester.



Dear Ms. Mitchell,

 The class I had with you last semester was amazing!!! Not because we didn’t do any work but because I learned so much in that class!!  And it was perfect timing for me to learn this about myself.  Selfishness is not a bad thing!  To make my self happy before anyone or anything else!  I’m going to miss that class a ton!  As I’m sure everyone else will as well.  That class didn’t teach us about math, or history, or English; it taught us something about ourselves, the most important person in our life, and made me think a lot about who I was.

This class changed the way I look at life now.  I found this quote on the internet and I thought it suited me:  “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

That’s the way I’m living life now!  No more depressed moods, no more unhappiness for a long time.  It’s all because of this class.  I have taught myself to think on the positive side of life and put the negative aside.  It makes me a much happier person!

Thank you so much for all your help over the few years we have known each other.  All the advice, all the teaching, it means a great deal to me.  I wish a lot more teenagers would learn all of this.  And understand what you know!