So I know this certain teacher that is just an absolute inspiration to me and I want to tell everyone why. Here's my very HUMBLE and highly inadequate attempt to do so. I don't want to embarrass her too much, as I think she would be by such types of public praise, so I will just call her "Teacher" which is a term she holds dear anyway.
You simply amaze me. I wish I had a clone that could spend every day in your classroom and just soak up your passion and love for those kids. Whether you know it or not, you constantly challenge me to do my best and make me want to get to know my kids as readers just as you do. Your "can do" spirit inspires me every day and I wish more people had that kind of positive attitude. You are always striving to improve and learn. HIS light is so evident in all you do. I know you feel like you flounder at times, but just rest assured that I totally believe you are one of the absolute BEST
teachers I have ever met and you should totally trust your ability to determine what works best not just for you in your classroom, but for readers of all sorts. Trust me, you DO know exactly what you're doing and why, you just need time to articulate that exactly. That's why I am giving you this gift. I hope you can use it to inspire your future colleague, whomever that may be.
I know this sounds SO 1980s love songish, but YOU are my inspiration. :-)