I denied myself the opportunity to return to the school where I taught. The AP called me the following year and asked if I would come and have coffee. I found an excuse not to. If a student had seen me and said something similar to Jesse, would I have thought about returning to the profession? Probably not. If a former student noticed me and didn’t say anything, would I have been depressed. Absolutely.
Good teachers put the weight of so many worlds on their shoulders. In return, they just want to know they made a difference and that the kids are going to be alright.
I hope you get your daily dose of that for as long as you teach and long after.