How do you want to be remembered by your students? And, more importantly, when?
For your awards or accolades and only at the end?
In some big ceremony, retirement, or a funeral attended by many,
Which of those ways do I want to be remembered by my students? Not any.
I want to be remembered during certain times by those whose lives I’ve touched;
I want my students to remember me and to understand I’ve loved them so much.
When a former student is sad, I want him to remember a joke I told him and laugh;
When a former student is weak, she remembers my words or deeds and her problem she attacks;
When a former student is treated badly, I want him to treat others with dignity and respect;
When a former student has the chance to be a hero, I want her to do what I expect;
And when a former student feels alone, I want him to ask for peace,
Because God is always with us, the greatest and the least.
I want to be remembered in ways that empower the students I’ve known,
For that means I truly helped them and through my teaching they have grown.
David A. Grenardo is a tenured professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.