Issue 2 Poetry

A Teacher’s Hope: Being Remembered

by David A. Grenardo

How do you want to be remembered by your students? And, more importantly, when?

For your awards or accolades and only at the end?

In some big ceremony, retirement, or a funeral attended by many,

Which of those ways do I want to be remembered by my students? Not any.

I want to be remembered during certain times by those whose lives I’ve touched;

I want my students to remember me and to understand I’ve loved them so much.

When a former student is sad, I want him to remember a joke I told him and laugh;

When a former student is weak, she remembers my words or deeds and her problem she attacks;

When a former student is treated badly, I want him to treat others with dignity and respect;

When a former student has the chance to be a hero, I want her to do what I expect;

And when a former student feels alone, I want him to ask for peace,

Because God is always with us, the greatest and the least.

I want to be remembered in ways that empower the students I’ve known,

For that means I truly helped them and through my teaching they have grown.


David A. Grenardo is a tenured professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.

4 replies on “A Teacher’s Hope: Being Remembered”

Professor Grenardo is truly an admirable person. The lectures he gave in class were wonderful but the messages he conveyed in the beginning and end of class were so impactful that they resonated with everyone in the room. His kindness and positive outlook on life continues to motivate me. Whenever I feel people are being unkind I constantly remind myself that I can still choose to be kind and while it is tiresome on occasion; it is still the better choice. On the hard days when I am tired of constantly working hard, I tell myself to keep working and that hard work will provide where natural talent will not. He is an inspiration to me to become a better person everyday, especially on my worst days. I find that his class was impactful not only on my law school viewpoints and curriculum but also on my everyday life. Wonderful professor and a wonderful human being.

Professor Grenardo is a living proof of “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”

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