“I became a teacher, at least in part, because I wanted to make an impact on other people. That sounds altruistic, but, if you really think about it, it’s an ego thing. Everyone wants to know they’ve left some kind of legacy, and what better way to leave a legacy than influencing the future leaders of the world.”
Cody Thomas, beloved English teacher, Inklings Advisor and man, wrote this last year in a thank you letter to Bailey Ethier and me (former Inklings Editors-in-Chief).
What a legacy you have left, Mr. Thomas. If only you could see the flood of Facebook posts applauding your character, teaching and even your humor. And the hundreds of students and people who are running around out there in the world carrying with them a part of your sarcasm, your motivation, your sick writing skills, your tenacity, your hipster vibes, your silliness, your encouragement, your care, your thoughtfulness and YOU inside of them, in everything that they do. Because, Mr. Thomas, you changed the lives of so many people, you shaped so many future leaders of the world. And through that, your legacy will always exist powerfully.
So much of what I would say about Mr. Thomas has already been said on Facebook posts from his students. It would be cool if everyone who knew him and loved him (as in, they are the same thing – everyone who knew him also loved him) could COMMENT on this post with some of their favorite memories, something they would like to say to him, anything so that those who maybe didn’t have access to all of his students’ Facebook posts can be reminded of the legacy and the wonderful memories that he left behind.
Now, instead of more words, here are a few photos/videos with some of my favorite memories of the forever amazing Cody Thomas.