We never know whom we might be influencing. We have a chance to make a difference just by showing up, showing love, and taking an interest in the lives of others. Here’s this quote from a student in the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”:
“Mr. Holland had a profound influence on my life and on a lot of lives I know. But I have a feeling that he considers a great part of his own life misspent. Rumor had it that he was always working on this symphony of his. And this was going to make him famous, rich, probably both. But Mr. Holland isn’t rich and he isn’t famous, at least not outside of our little town. So it might be easy for him to think himself a failure. But he would be wrong, because I think that he’s achieved a success far beyond riches and fame. Look around you. There is not a life in this room you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”
There are many Leuzinger High School Teachers who have touched the lives of their students. I know because I’ve spoken to many of our fellow alumni over the past two decades. Words can never fully express our gratitude but our love for them remains in our hearts.