Got this email out of the blue a few days ago from a student I taught around six years ago. As a teacher and writer, this made my day.
"...continued my fascination with writing, which you encouraged me in from the get go. I won a few competitions and met some pretty amazing people thanks to you.
And guess what thanks to you I'm gonna be a teacher, yep you inspired me. I would really love to keep in contact since you have become such an extraordinary writer. It really gives me some hope that my little ideas which you loved so much all those years ago, might be good enough for people to read too.
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you. Because you really did make me believe I could do things. These really are 'the best years of my life'."
Phillip W. Simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.