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Here’s a beautifully heartfelt letter I discovered on Mamapedia as kids return to school this week.

Dear Teacher,

Today I relinquish my precious children into your care. Do you know how important you are to me? To them? From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them. You will encourage or discourage, inspire or disappoint, empower or dishearten, engage or mislead, expect or neglect, fulfill or deplete…

These young, innocent lives I have placed in your hands.

Your role is significant as it will either propel my kids forward, or pull them back. Much of their life will revolve around you. Your character will resonate in them, and your values will slowly slip into their hearts as they watch you and learn from you each day. Your words, your manners, your voice and your message will constantly penetrate their existence. You will be at the center of their lives during a time of critical development and growth. Oh, how fragile a child’s spirit is…

May you breathe blessed air into their souls.

As you concentrate on test scores and skill levels, may I remind you of your greatest calling with children? To grace them with potential and promise. For only one statement to a child can change the course of their life.

How many times I have heard how a teacher’s word compelled someone to follow a dream? How many times I have heard a person battle the negative message from a teacher throughout a life of questioning their worth?

Your role will make a difference. Your purpose will prevail and you will be an integral part of their future. You will also hold a piece of their history. You will leave a lasting imprint on their hearts and in their minds. And with that truth, may you hold true to your calling.

Every day that you go to work, I hope you can remind yourself that you are not teaching a “class” but rather a group of unique individuals with different needs and dreams and fears and faults. May you stretch hard, and reach far to touch each life with a loving hand and an insightful heart. May you realize the power you hold, and may God use you in a mighty way…

You have the potential and promise. It will be up to you to give them these gifts. I will be praying for you every day.

Most Sincerely and ever passionately,

The heart of a mother.

Chris Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing kids. She has been writing at TheMomCafe.com for almost four years, where she hopes to encourage mothers everywhere through her humor, inspiration and faith. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+>

http://www.mamapedia.com/voices/dear-teacher