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Memories from Students

I share for all, evidence of my deepest pleasure as a teacher: impacting a student’s life by building a relationship with them through my trade—teaching about history and life. What follows is a deeply personal look into my relationship with my students. Former students who take the time to examine these reminisces might recognize their own words and thoughts. I can only thank you for opening up your lives to me as your teacher and allowing me to be a part of your life with your candor. I welcome your response to anything that you see. You have allowed me to take a ‘walk back in time’ and examine my 40+ years career.

Bob Rodrigues
December 2012

1980s

I want you to know that I appreciate the fact that you’ve always believed in me or more specifically, my creativity. It took me a while but I finally realized that you helped me in high school so much because you believed in me and you always supported what I really wanted to do

Mary Z., 1980

But a wise man once told me to shoot high, and that if I did; I could accomplish anything (so far this has really helped me)

Sandy B., 1980

It was in freshman year that I discovered Mr. Rodrigues. He awakened in me a passion for history which I never possessed… After accidentally bumping into him in the library of my junior year, he helped to guide me by urging me to not drop a certain course. He calmed me down when I was angry and helped me laugh at my mistakes. He joined in the school’s and class’ activities with a humor as bright as the sparkle in his eyes

Anonymous, circa 1984

Out of all the teachers at CV, you meant the most to me and helped me the most. I thought that I should tell you that. Even though you rant and rave about how talented I am (which isn’t as true as you believe…but you make me feel talented) I could have never used any of my talent if you were not there to help me. The writing program helped me incredibly and I will use it all through college, I am sure—you are my personal favorite!

Ashley S., 1985

I can’t put into words how much I have learned from you. Your classes have made me a better person and student

Colleen M., 1998

You taught me an entirely different way of learning. “Making Connections” will be a concept I will continually use throughout my life. You were an inspiration and a teacher that I will never forget

Cara C., 1994

I was so nervous when you wanted us to bring the shoebox in and talk about ourselves in front of the class, but I now think that it was one of the best things we did. It opened my mind, made me a better listener, and made me realize that everybody has different ideas. You made me more comfortable with my opinion. As the year went on I learned about leadership and what it takes to be a leader

Jill Y., 1999

I really want to thank you for the card you sent me at the end of last year. I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to me. It was so inspirational and it really made me want to strive for excellence and live up to my full potential. I have so much respect for you as an educator and to know that you believed in me means so much. I keep the card taped on the wall next to my desk and every time I am frustrated and want to quit, I take a moment to read it. Thank you just isn’t enough.

Stephanie C., 1999

I’ve grown so much under your guidance. I’ve become a better student, a better speaker, a better leader, a better person—mainly because of the things you taught and showed me. Thank you also for being so understanding during my difficult times. You were always there to comfort and listen to me. I will never forget the many things that you did for me

Katie D., 1999

It is not often enough that a teacher like you receives the praise and recognition they deserve. It is rare to find a teacher so willing to help his students and so committed to making sure that they receive the best education that they possibly can. Your class taught me more about learning than any other class that I have taken and I can apply it to other classes

Eric F., 1994

I can’t put into words how much I have learned from you. Your classes have made me a better person and student

Colleen M., 1998

It has truly been an honor to be your student for the past two years. Each day spent in your class was an experience I will never forget. You showed me the true meaning of learning and somehow transferred classroom learning into my life. Although I did learn a great, great, great deal of history from you, you taught me something more important—how to live a happy and fulfilling life. I watched you approach your job each day with a great deal of love and determination. You are not only the best at what you do but at the same time make everyone around you know that you care about them. You take time out to do the personal things that count…I will carry you in my heart forever. The door has shut but the light is on and in my mind you are a large part of its glow

Chelsea H., 1999

Thank you for sharing the Vietnam studies with my daughters. As difficult this period of time was in our life time, it’s important for our children to know about it, learn from it, and hopefully become a better leader in the next millennium for our country, community, the world, and especially for their children’s children. I am thrilled that they are in your class. It’s wonderful

Cindy M. (mother of L.M. and S.M.), 1999

Your passion in teaching spoke to me in a way that I had never experienced; your knowledge broadened my intellectual horizons, but what’s more, the parallels you drew from the classroom to the “real world” prepared me to be a better person

Sarah L., 2000

Mr. Rodrigues has certainly left a great impact on me for the rest of my life, as well as every student he has each year. Whether he is standing on his desk simulating a sermon from the Great Awakening, or his change of tones from a whisper to a sudden yell during his lessons, he appeals to every student in his classroom. He is one of those people that students realize they can talk to about anything, and who is constantly willing to help people

Justin R., 2001

I felt that something special was going on in your class. I was nervous as a freshman in an Honors level class but it was the perfect transitioning class. Thank you also for your never ceasing support during my dad’s illness, death, and the transition back into the school year. I took the words of your last lesson (“Live, Learn, Laugh, Love, and Leave a Legacy”) to heart. I am sure that next year I will think about your words

Emily G., 2004

Thank you Mr. Rodrigues for inspiring me to be that teenager who would rather study an event in history than play a video game, for improving my writing style, and for touching my heart. you have given me confidence and you have raised me up to a higher potential. Thank you for the popcorn in Washington, D.C., thank you for making me look forward to history class each day, thank you for your kindness, and thank you for always being there. Mr. Rod, you’re a mentor, a hero, and a friend that I will never forget

Jessica D., 2005

Your class was one that I looked forward to every day. I thoroughly enjoyed our detailed journey through the ins and outs of history. Both my sister and I have an enormous amount of respect for you as a teacher and a person. Your enthusiasm for teaching along with the great knowledge and wisdom behind it makes for a captivating story

Michael P., 2007

I want you to know that you have had a profound influence upon my life. I have considered being a teacher because I want to support kids as you supported me

Cheryl F., 2000

I’m not exactly sure what I want to say in this letter, but I did know early on this year that I did want to write it. The reason was merely to say thank you, though I know that doesn’t suffice for what you have given me as an educator and role model. Having you as a teacher for three years, taking every course I could take that you taught, gave me insight into education and more importantly into history that I could never have found anywhere else. It is for these reasons that I myself have decided to become a history educator. Seeing the way you teach in your classroom as well as the way students react to you, I see the model of a perfect teacher and one that truly touches and changes people’s lives. That is exactly what I will strive to become through a college education and graduate school

Shane H., 2002

I felt that something special was going on in your class. I was nervous as a freshman in an Honors level class but it was the perfect transitioning class. Thank you also for your never ceasing support during my dad’s illness, death, and the transition back into the school year. I took the words of your last lesson (“Live, Learn, Laugh, Love, and Leave a Legacy”) to heart. I am sure that next year I will think about your words

Emily G., 2004

Thanks for your generosity, whether in always being willing to lend a word of wisdom or a friendly smile! I’ll undoubtedly strive to maintain the love of learning I found in your classes throughout college and beyond

Casey M., 2006

As you know, it has been a tragic and turbulent year for Katie. I would like to take this time to thank you for all the support, understanding, and compassion you have shown to her throughout the year. It has helped her get through the school year

Jack C. (parent of Katie C.), 2008

Good morning Mr. Rodrigues, I wanted to compliment you on the beautiful ceremony last Friday [WWI Dedication]. Everything was perfect…even the weather cooperated! Thank you for getting Amanda involved in the project. She learned many things from this experience including an appreciation for all the veterans who died so that we could have the lives we have today. Thanks for everything

Michelle M., 2014

You are by far one of the most influential people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I will never, ever, forget you or the things that you have taught me. i looked forward to those 42 minutes of class each day. You are truly an inspiring teacher and thank you for all that you have done for me

Katie C., 2010

Thank you for your help and wisdom during this year in the Internet Cafe. Good luck on the tickets

Ryan L., 2015

Thank you so much for taking us al on the DC trip. We really enjoyed you teaching us all about the historical monuments and places while we were there. We wouldn’t have wanted to go to the nations Capitol with any other teacher. Thank you for such a great eventful and memorable day!

Cassie, Meghan, Allvia and Brie, 2015

He was my hero teacher. [He gave me] new found self-confidence and positivity… [which]…provided me with the ability to succeed in school. It was all because I looked at Mr. Rodrigues as an idol and modeled my ways to be a better person

Chris P., 2011

Thank you so very much for everything you ever did for me. What you taught me, inside and out of the classroom, still influences me to this day. I have the butterfly pin in my photo board and the corresponding paper framed in my dorm, which makes me think of you often. They encourage me, just as you always did.

Torre Emily, F.-K., 2016