Now, more than ever, I understand what a difference a teacher can make in a student’s life, and what a difference a student can in a teacher’s life, how much we ourselves can be the diagonal that sends an otherwise straight line on a detour, the event that changes fate, with nothing more than a word, a glance, a pat on the back at the right moment, a “you can do it” when everything seems to be going badly.

Teachers expect the unexpected, but nobody expected this.