How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Teacher, Coach, Mentor, or Student

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When someone has positively influenced your learning or teaching experience, recognition is in order.

This guide helps you touch teachers, coaches, mentors, and students with your genuine, original letters that will be treasured forever. It includes everything relevant for this writing theme from the author's comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special.

Just follow these five steps—Plan It!, Write It!, Package It!, Present It!, and Enhance It!—to enjoy the process and share the appreciation.

Discover these valuable tools:

  • A simple business-letter structure you can follow for a professional result
  • How to honor a teacher, coach, mentor, or student who has made a positive difference in your life, whether you're writing to commemorate a special occasion or achievement or sending your letter after the end of the term or even decades later
  • Advice on appropriate timing and letter-delivery methods
  • Over 600 powerful words to help you describe your honoree, organized into nine demographic lists
  • A selection of the best inspirational quotations to enhance your letters
  • A variety of sentence jumpstarts in case you need a boost

Sample tips:

  • Track down your teacher's address...If your teacher is now retired, the school won't release the teacher's last known home address due to privacy concerns. Nevertheless, find out which school the teacher retired from and talk to office staff there about your challenge. Ask if they'd be willing....
  • If you're the student's parent(s), peer, or friend. Begin by congratulating the student for earning the honor or award, or by declaring your admiration. Then write one or more paragraphs about the positive academic traits you have observed over time and include a couple of examples. ... Then, in a final paragraph, express your support as the student continues his or her education.

Together we can change the world, one heartfelt letter at a time. Use this guide to get started now!

Here's what Fawn O'Connor wrote about this guide:

I have so many wonderful teachers and mentors, and am so grateful to have them in my life. However, I never seem to find the exact appropriate words to express my true feelings of gratitude. Just "thank you" is so insufficient. The author has given us a winning blueprint with her five-step system of Plan It–Write It–Package It–Present It–Enhance It. It's truly a remarkable outline. No matter how inept you might feel about your letter writing—if you follow this system, your letters will come out looking like a masterpiece.

This is a book that should be in everyone's library, no matter what your age, gender, or profession. We all have some kind of a teacher or mentor in our lives. If we use the tools the author has given us, we can let them know how much we appreciate them in a manner that's worthy of their gifts to us.