It's hard for me to believe that I only taught Sarah a single year. In those ten months I have come to think very (VERY!) highly of her.
Sarah is the first person I have ever taught from Egypt! It is a country that I have some great memories from (you may recall the story of me and the Australian boy riding horses through the Sahara Desert. Straight out of a Hollywood movie!). Most of the people I met in Egypt were much like Sarah: friendly, thoughtful, and polite.
Sarah is a great student. She always worked very hard. She always prepared well for tests and quizzes. And she would ALWAYS send me emails if there was even the slightest bit of confusion with her engrade mark (good for you Sarah! Way to keep me on my toes!).
One of my favourite memories of Sarah is when she brought her younger brother to meet me. He is an elementary school student who took grade 8 Math with Mr. Habibian this year (impressive!). He was - no surprise! - so polite and sincere. It was a pleasure to meet him. Kudos to Sarah's parents - they raised two (maybe more?) delightful children! Unfortunately, Sarah's brother will not be attending King George next year. He will be making the move to Handsworth, a school much closer to where he lives.
In a relatively short time, you have become a very special student to me, Sarah. I am so thankful that you came to our school (even if it was for just one year). With your hard work, cheerful personality, and natural intelligence I know that you will be very successful doing... WHATEVER YOU WANT IN LIFE!! I wish you all the best. I will miss you Sarah!