seat was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy
the year before and noticed that he
did not play well with the other children, that his
messy, and that he
constantly needed a bath.
In addition, Teddy
's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a
work neatly and has good manners.
joy to be around."
His second grade teacher wrote Teddy is an excellent student, well
liked by his
classmates, but he
is troubled because his
mother has a
fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy
is withdrawn and doesn't show
wrapped beautifully in bright ribbons and paper, except for Teddy's
whose present was clumsy and wrapped in heavy brown paper, the he
attention to Teddy
worked with him, his
mind seemed to come
The more she
encouraged him, the faster he
end of the year, Teddy
had become one of the smartest children in
And, despite her
lie that she
loved all the children the same,
became one of her
A year later, she
found a note under her
door, from Teddy
was still the best teacher he
had ever had in his
Six years went by before she
got another letter from Teddy
wrote that he
had finished high school, third in his
class, and she
was still the best teacher he ever had in is whole life.
Four years after that she
received another note saying that while
things had been tough at times, he
still stayed in school, had stuck
with it, and would soon graduate with the highest honors.
name was little longer ... the letter was signed, Theodore F.
The story does not end here.
There was yet another letter that
said the he
met this girl who was going to marry.
explained that his
father had died a couple of years ago and he
They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard
whispered in Mrs. Thompson's