The plan was for Shali to be this week's S.O.W. But how could I NOT include Ayla with her? Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... Ayla's not even taking math this year but c'mon - these two make an incredible pair.
I loved having Shali and Ayla in my class together the last few years. It was wonderful to see how hard they worked together, supported each other, laughed with (and at) each other. These two get along incredibly well. There is something special about seeing two people who are the very best of friends... people like Shali and Ayla.
Of course, Ayla is also an incredible athlete! She was kind enough to invite me out to one of her gymnastic competitions a couple years ago... WOW!! So talented!! I admire her for all the time and effort that she puts into her sport. Such commitment!!
Shali is another one of my extra-special "taught 5 times" students. In those five years, she has arrived each day with a warm smile, a kind word, and a willingness to work her hardest. She is the kind of student who makes my job fun and easy and rewarding.
Thanks to both of you - Shali and Ayla - for being such unique and special individuals. But thanks even more for inspiring me with your beautiful friendship. It's a truly wonderful thing to behold!
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.