Thank You, Mr. Perry

When I walked into the school, Mr. Perry made me feel welcome. He held the door, greeted me with a smile, and said a cheery, “Good morning.” Even though I only worked part-time at the building, he made me feel like I was an important part of the staff. He happily directed me to the rooms where I met with teachers. He walked the halls of the school like it was a castle. He spoke to students about their education and behavior and treated them like family.

Reading about him, you might think Mr. Perry was the principal, but he was actually the custodian. He could have begrudgingly done his job, complained about the endless work, and kept to himself. But he intentionally shared his smile, his wisdom, and his amazing work ethic with everyone he encountered.

Two weeks ago, he unexpectedly passed away. Even though he never wrote a lesson plan or brainstormed ways to increase student engagement in learning or attended a professional development about new curriculum, Mr. Perry made me a better teacher. I will always be thankful for the lessons he taught me about doing my job with my whole heart. I hope I can impact the lives of the people I work with, in his honor.  Thank you, Mr. Perry.

6 thoughts on “Thank You, Mr. Perry

  1. Michelle B

    Mr. Perry sounds like an amazing person who positively impacted the lives of all he encountered. I hope others carry on modeling his behavior and making a positive impact for students.

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    1. HFFT91515 Post author

      Thank you, Michelle. Mr. Perry was a great example. He owned his job in a way few people do. He had confidence in his ability to make a difference in the world and he did just that.

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  2. Scott Miller

    Its great to find and know people like Mr. Perry, and that they still exist. I had the privilege just a few weeks ago while visiting my son Matthew in Miami for a graduate school ceremony of meeting some extraordinary people. Miami is a difficult city to visit, its big and densely populated, impersonal, stressful and sometimes chaotic. But our second day there we went out to the outskirts , and within the course of two hours ,an elderly female hispanic cashier at CVS was incredibly helpful and patient, an older hippyish waiter served us lunch, and an elderly female tour guide at the Flamingo Gardens volunteered her time and knowledge to give us all a great and free tour of almost the entire place. Things had been hectic and stressfull prior to meeting them that day and all three showed so much friendliness, patience, heartfelt sincerity and composure that it really made my day ! , lifted all our spirits and renewed my faith in humanity. Its great to experience , it makes you want to act like them , and it makes you want to be a better person to others and it makes you realize that anyone and everyone and can make a difference.

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    1. HFFT91515 Post author

      Thank you for sharing your experience. We all need to have our faith in humanity restored. It’s amazing how good it feels when someone else reaches out to help us. And you’re right, it is contagious. 🙂

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