As he was preparing for his historic journey into outer space, Neil Armstrong took the time to write a letter to his favorite teacher.

He wrote to her on the occasion of her retirement to thank her for the part she played in his life.

She taught him math in elementary school.

He never forgot her.

If you teach, you cannot imagine how many people will remember how you changed their life.

The longer you teach, the more there will be.

They may not remember who was mayor or governor or state superintendent.

They will remember you.

How many people have the privilege to work in a profession where they will be remembered with respect and admiration far into the future?

Next time someone makes a nasty crack about teachers, don’t be angry. Feel sorry for them.

You have something they will never have.