I just had a surprise visit from a student I taught five years ago. He was in the first group of kids I ever taught here and transferred out to the University of Hawaii to major in Japanese the following year. Now he has graduated and is back in New England and pretty damn fluent in Japanese! I was only one of many teachers he had along the way, but I am so incredibly happy and psyched to see how far he has come. We just chatted for about 30 minutes non-stop in Japanese. And what's even better, he did his study abroad in Kobe and speaks Kansai-ben!
Yeah, I really do like this job. The results can be so rewarding.