CSEC WAKE-UP CALL

14 Aug
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The voice behind the wake-up call…sharing in her honours moment. Yes, she is teacher’s pet

At about 5:00 a.m I heard my phone going off alerting me I was receiving whatsapp messages. I ignored it because I was just falling back into my slumber after being awake from after 3:00 a.m. Clearly this person needed to get to me because the call came in at 6:15 a.m. By then I had fallen asleep, but the light sleeper I am couldn’t sleep through the ring. I cursed under my breath. Through groggy eyes and an almost disoriented head, I grabbed the phone which demonstrated my intense anger. I was ready to explode on the person on the other end of the line. But I was beaten to it. No sooner than I opened the line I was greeted with a high pitched, screaming voice thrilled with excitement:

“Miss Reiddddddd!!!!! Miss, miss, I passed them. All eight of them.”

I opened my mouth to speak but closed it as she rattled on excitedly:

Miss, I got six grade ones. Four of them are straight A profiles. Guess which subject is included in the four?

She did not wait for me to answer. She blurted “YOURS” and screamed with delight. Her excitement was contagious. I was completely disarmed and was grinning from ear to ear.

Miss just one little little disappointment though. I got one grade two and a grade three in French. I didn’t want any three.
I spoke for the first time:

Congratulations baby girl. You did an excellent job. By the way, your grade three is a pass. In the mix of things it is almost negligible. What’s done is already done. Besides, you have eight subjects. If you had got a grade four instead of three, you would have passed only seven.   Celebrate your achievement and look towards the road ahead.  Time for tertiary.”

Miss I’m so excited. I’m going by school to stamp my papers and take them to UTECH today. Miss come school today nuh. Mi want see you when me reach” (UTECH reads: University of Technology)

I laughed loudly and she joined me. I gave her the disappointing no.

She was so excited, she was oblivious to the fact that she woke me from my slumber.  But at this point, it did not matter. What mattered was the fact that she passed all her CSEC subjects and will matriculate to higher studies. Who wouldn’t be excited?  As I listened to her talk, and I analysed the scenario, I thought to myself: ‘this girl is going to go places.  I then ended the conversation with the words:

Okay my dear and congratulations again“.

With laughter in her voice she said “Thank you Miss“.  Her ‘thank you’ was filled with love and affection.

Talk about emotional. I returned her sentiments and disconnected the call. Smiling, I rolled over and willed myself back to sleep but I couldn’t. The moment kept playing in my mind. I reached for the phone and checked the whatsapp messages she sent. They were all voice notes willing me to wake up so she could share her good news with me. I smiled a new.

She was not afraid to wake me up. Why? Because I made it easy for her. I was interested in her well-being; she worked hard, was rewarded for it, and next to her parents, she wanted me to be one of the first persons to share that with. How can I not be touched by this? My Teacher’s Pet. https://educatorrainereidinspires.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/teachers-pet/ This girl graduated high school earning diploma with honours, now she ACED her CSEC examinations. Look out world she is coming.

For the hundredth time I realized that these are the moments that makes being a teacher counts.

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6 Responses to “CSEC WAKE-UP CALL”

  1. Coco Simone August 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Aaaaw that warmed my heart. Brings back memories… ☺

  2. Faith Robinson August 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    A good teacher leaves an indelible mark on a student’s hear. D, you are one of those #teacherfromtheheart #lovewhatyoudo #Appointedassuch

  3. Pink August 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Always enjoy reading your articles well done teach

    • rainereid August 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Thank you Pink for the support

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