Have you ever had that one teacher in school that makes you feel amazing? The one that believes in you and tells you that “The world is a big place, and YOU have a place in it”…! Mrs. Robinson, a woman with secrete powers… the fun and creative one, the one that inspires and inspired me.
A few months ago, myself and other students of Coolum State High School received notice that one of the most influential teachers was not well. There was a huge reaction to this notice, that many current and previous students, helped create an exhibit and book (with letters of encouragement and memories) in honour of this amazing woman.
Below is the letter for Mrs. Robson.
Dear Mrs. Robson,
This is Oshi Simpson & it’s been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to visit and speak with you (17+ years). I first came in contact with you in 1994 and I had class with you every single week from grade 8 through 12th. You’re the one person/teacher that made a special impact on me. It was you that made me want to come to school every single day to attend your classes. I loved to learn about the visual arts and creative world and develop the skills I need to not only be a great artist, but person. You saw the full potential in me!
You saw deep within me, knowing that there was potential, interest and passion. Always willing to meet up with me during our lunch-breaks just to say ‘Hi’ or share lunch to hear new art stories and or know what kind of art project is to come. I was so influenced by you that during my first college degree ‘Visual Fine Arts and Photography’ I was so excited to know that I had to do a practicum. There were many options, but there was no questioning, I wanted to be your teacher’s aide. I wanted to be just like you… helping educate students on art history and developing their art skills in all mediums. Secretly, I wanted to spend more time with you.
Your wisdom has encouraged me to embark on a full time career in Photography and fine arts in Honolulu, Hawaii. Following my passion for the arts and being inspired by cultures this beautiful paradise has (& the rest of the world has) will continue to allow me to grow and develop my creative style.
I can’t express to you how much you have inspired me to be the artist and person I am today. Your encouragement, motivation and inspiration for each of your students, friends and fellow peers have been amazing. We have all become better people because we had our lives cross paths. Thank you for your continued support, your love for the arts and for being a remarkable human being. The community you have built needs many more creative spirits and minds like you.
I have so much gratitude; no words can ever express the love I have for you.
Sending you warm hugs, kisses and aloha spirit,