Exactly 2 years back on a Teacher's day I met this lady. The new class teacher of my son. That was a Teacher's day. As I couldn't attend that well organized teacher's day function at my son's School, I decided to pay a courtesy visit just to greet his new class teacher. She was young - probably much younger than me. The way how she presented herself didn't create any positive impression in me. I had teachers back in my school, who were like mothers to me. Till date I maintain close contacts with my School teachers, who identified the inner me. The teachers who encouraged me, and appreciated my acts all the time. They were strict, yet I still have so much respect with a kind of fear whenever I see my teachers. This young girl looked like a college student. She didn't even wear her saree properly, and all her accessories were not in line with the typical teacher figure we all have in our mind. To be honest, I was disappointing at the first meeting. Thank God, we didn't interact much then. The meeting was very short, with many other parents like me. Let me share a small background about my son.... My son was born in Sri Lanka. When he was around 1.5 years, we moved to Hungary. He attended his playschool in Hungarian, and then joined an international pre-school in English. By the time he was 5, we moved back to Sri Lanka. Unfortunately my little son was very poor in Tamil or Sinhalese (the local language of Sri Lanka). However, the education system in the country demands every child to study in local language (Tamil or Sinhalese medium) with English as their second language. We thought it wouldn't be a major challenge since the kid was too intelligent for his age, and very fast in grasping everything. Everyone was volunteered to teach him, so that he would be on par with other kids when he attends school. We thought teaching Alphabets were more than enough for a 5 year old to join the school, but we were wrong. Because his peers could even write a poem in local language by that age Instead of boosting his confidence level, his then class teacher would always criticize us (specially his mom/me) for complicating the child's future by travelling abroad. She would blame me for his spelling mistakes and reading difficulties. The child was always behind in the class, and believed that he was good for nothing. No amount of teaching at home worked, because he didn't believe he could progress. After 3 long years, this new class teacher joined his school and here goes my experience with her This new teacher identified his talents, and made him shine in what he could do better. He was good at performing arts, specially in reciting poems and stories on stage in English. She trained him so well, and encouraged him to take part in competitions, that not only gave him awards, but boosted his self confidence. His peers knew his hidden talents and started respecting him for who he was. Whenever he said 'I am good for nothing", his teacher showed his awards to prove he is made to win. She encouraged him, appreciate all his milestones - like reading a paragraph flawlessly, writing 2 lines etc..etc... She rewarded him with a candy or a pen each time he met his targets, which motivated him to do much more in the coming days. The child who hated school so much in the past, has started loving his school in less than 6 months time. His score card showed major progress, and that made us also to believe in him. She was not at all a hunky dory teacher, who would only appreciate the kids. She focuses more on the kids' discipline, and was very strict in terms of this convent school's regulations. All the kids, including mine is afraid of her cane, as she is known to punish ill-behaved kids at school. Last month when we announced our departure to Bangladesh, she literally cried. She had a special bond with my child, and she hoped to make him a winner of the grade 5 scholarship award (which is a very tough IQ competition held island wide in Sri lanka). She believed this award will mold him as a different person towards his adulthood and that is her aim as a teacher. As you all know, with covid19 and issues, we finally postponed our trip and my son is sitting for the scholarship exam next Sunday. The teacher is so excited to have him back and to train him (and his peers). She is hell bend to make everyone successful this time. Despite of so many covid19 related restrictions, she takes tremendous efforts to teach and train her students towards the examination, including giving them personal coaching for free. Today makes the second year since I met her. She still appears the same, but I have so much respect and love for this wonderful teacher. Today, after signing his admission form for the examination, I prayed to God to help my child (and others) pass this exam - not just for their personal growth, but for this teacher's love. She deserves a lot more recognition and appreciation for being who she is. My son is truly blessed to have such a wonderful teacher, who has changed his personality from "good for nothing" to 'a most talented student" in just two years. I dedicate this post to the best Teacher Bishra, and wish her Happy teacher's day. I kindly request all of you to wish & bless my son for his upcoming Scholarship examination.