I taught Isabelle multiple times at KG and she always - ALWAYS!! - came to a class with a big, beautiful smile on her face (see above), with enthusiasm and good cheer. She is one of the most positive and passionate people that I have ever met. I love this young lady. EVERYBODY loves this young lady. It is literally impossible to spend time with Izzy and not feel better about yourself and your day.
I remember one time, I was having a rough day. Isabelle's Math 11 class was arriving and there were a few grumbles and complaints from people about the homework, upcoming tests, etc. I was getting progressively annoyed and then Izzy arrived:
Isabelle (mega-watt smile): Hi Mr Wadge! I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Me: Wait! Can I see you out in the hall for a moment please Isabelle?
Isabelle (scared looking): Uh... okay
We went out into the hall, I closed the door, and proceeded to tell her how much I appreciated having her in my class, how I could always count on her to brighten my day, how I loved teaching her, etc. There were big hugs and I think both of us were on the verge of tears. It was pretty sappy (and pretty great) in retrospect. But that's the sort of impact Izzy has on people.
The day of Isabelle's graduation from KG, she presented me with a tie. Thankfully, she has great taste. In fact, I swapped it out immediately and wore it to Izzy's grad. And now, three years later, I got to wear it again to her BCIT graduation. When you get your Master's degree, I'll be there with my / your tie, Isabelle!!
There are some students that you remember always because they were such great students. But there are other students that you remember because they were such great people. Isabelle, it has only been three years since you graduated high school (and four since I taught you) but I honestly can not remember what sort of Math marks you got in my class. But I will NEVER forget what a amazing presence you had and the joy you brought to those around you. I wish you well at your new job (at Arcteryx!!) and I know that you will be successful. All the best Izzy!!