September 28, 1994
Dear Mrs. Williams,
Seeing the smile on Christopher's face and the enthusiasm in his voice this week, my husband and I realize that we have been remiss in letting you know what a blessing you are.
Last year God impressed on my heart that Christopher was to be in your class. He had had a problem with dysfluency and we received two separate opinions that he needed speech therapy. My husband and I committed to prayer and to hold off on the therapists.
Then you started doing your "thing." You marched and danced around the room as you taught phonics. You got down at the children's level and you committed to making their preschool experience a happy place where the kids had a great time and as a byproduct...they were even learning. You helped motivate Christopher, and his classmates, to desire knowledge. By Christmas break Christopher was no longer stuttering and friends and family made note that he was much more confident.
When I was little my mom taught me the following poem:
Great minds discuss ideas
Average minds discuss things
Small minds discuss people
This Monday, Christopher returned from your kindergarten class eager to get started on a few pages of work papers in his backpack. As he excitedly and independently completed his homework, he explained the following to me: "You can't make a word with KA. Even if it sounds like a word, like cat or cab, you always have to use CA: KA does not start the word." I never knew that!
Mrs. Williams, I remembered the poem my mom taught me. Christopher was discussing an idea! Thank you for loving him enough that you desire that he be the most that he can be through CHRIST Who strengthens him.
Blessed through you,
Lee for the Tarte Family
(Christopher graduated from high school in 2007)