Fort Worth Teachers Sees Her Impact on Student, 43 Years Later – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and we’re honoring a longtime Fort Worth ISD educator who has left a lasting mark on generations. After 43 years, a former student wanted her fifth grade teacher to know how special she is and the impact she has had on her life.

“We just wanted to share the impact you had on our lives and let you know, because I know that being a teacher can be ungrateful at times, so we had to let you know that it wasn’t “Said Shawn Silvan Bush. “Even at times when you gave me an ‘N’ in citizenship.”

“You deserve it,” laughed Belvia Thomas, a retired Fort Worth ISD elementary school teacher.

“I did. But I appreciate you. It got me to teach school, but only for a year,” Bush said.

Bush flew in from San Antonio for the special moment.

Thomas taught for 34 years before retiring. She taught third and fifth grades at Harlean Beal Elementary, formally Forest Hill Elementary.

Bush was at the reunion with fifth grade classmates Sonia Blake and Tammie Simmons. She said this was a good she had wanted to do for years and she didn’t want to wait any longer to give her beloved teacher her flowers while she is still here to receive them.

Incidentally, Thomas thought she was going to a Mother’s Day event with her daughter on Saturday when she was surprised by her former students.

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