Supplementary Compensation

Sometimes when I can't figure out why I continue to teach, someone sends the answer.  Here's the text of an e-mail that arrived a few days ago.






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 Jun 29 (3 days ago) 







Jun 29, 2007 8:05 PM













Mr. Oates,

You probably do not remember me, but I was in your Math for Health Careers last fall. I just wanted to let you know how much you helped me. I was in nursing transition in the early summer and  I took a nursing math test that I actually felt confident about and passed the first time. I had to take my annual recertification at work this week and got all of the math problems right for the first time as well. I gained that knowledge and confidence in your class. I have been accepted to the Career Ladder Pathway nursing program for the fall semester at OCCC. I just wanted you to know that your class helped me to achieve that goal. In fact, when I was preparing for the test, I went to your website because I knew I could brush up on my skills there. I just wanted to thank you for your help and influence and let you know that you do make a difference.


Best wishes,



Now I remember why.