To My Son’s Teacher on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

I was about to write my son’s teacher a note for Valentine’s day and send it to her.  Then I realized that I have taken on a role in my life to be open about our journey so, I’ve decided to share what I have to say to my son’s teacher with you too.


Dear (name removed to respect her privacy),


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you so much for all the love you have shown Max over the school year!   This year has brought our family many educational challenges and we are so thankful that we have had your support and communication as we continue to fight for Max’s education.   I wanted to share a few things with you:

Max loves being in your class.  He tells me when you are out sick and asks to come to your class on weekends.    The way he showed me all his favorite things when we came to your class.  He was excited and made us both nervous, but I could see his happiness.

The book of stories you gifted him; he keeps it in his bed at night.  He only does this with gifts from people that he really likes.  There are very few things that I have gifted him that hold such an honor.

He asks to buy you gifts all the time!  I find myself asking him questions about you and your interests, he doesn’t know the answers, but we keep trying.  For example, do you have a pet?  Max thinks that you do!


I don’t know how you do what you do every day.  The love you have for your job is incredible.   You can teach and create an environment of love that allows children to feel loved and valued.  My son has never really wanted to come to school, but he wants to come to your class. When I have asked for your help, you didn’t hesitate.   Thank you for your patience, kindness, and most of all your voice of advocacy for the best education and therapy for my son.


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