PLEASANTVILLE – Pleasantville schoolteacher Yvette T. Soklove made such a huge impression on one of her students years ago that he decided to pay back the favor with a recent visit to her class.
Sgt. Adrian Murray, who was in Soklove’s sixth-grade class 10 years ago, visited her current sixth-grade class Dec. 18 at the South Main Street School.
“We are very proud of the young man he has become,” Soklove said.
Murray was deployed to Afghanistan in May and returned home for a few weeks to celebrate the Christmas holiday with family and friends.
Though he was busy, he wasn’t too occupied to spare some time and stop by his alma mater to visit his former teacher and her class.
“As a teacher, it makes me happy when my students are doing well as children, but when they grow up to become successful adults, really no words can describe how you feel,” Soklove said.
“I am extremely proud,” she continued. “I don't care how grown they are, you still remember them when they were in your class.”
Soklove said she has been a teacher for more than 12 years and never forgets any of her students. But not all have fared as well as Murray.
“I have been to some of their funerals, and I have seen some of them incarcerated. However, when Adrian came to visit our school, it was a great moment to see him grow into a positive young man and a role model, and I salute him,” Soklove said.
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