U.K. mom Gail Twist says she was brought to tears last week after her son's teacher mailed him a very unexpected, uplifting letter following the completion of a standardized test.
"I just didn't expect it at all," she told ABC News today. "For someone to take the time to think about it and write that, it shocked me. It just broke me. It's great when there's something positive to share about such a wonderful teacher."
Teacher Ruth Clarkson of Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College wrote the touching letter to Ben, a 11-year-old boy with autism after he failed his SAT exams.
Mom told the news site that Ben was diagnosed with autism when he was five years old. He attends sixth grade at Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. In second grade, students take one of their SATs in various subjects and then are measured again in grade six, she explained.
Ben was the only child in his special needs school that took the SATs this year. On July 8, mom Gail received Ben's test results from Clarkson, and along with those results was the special letter.
The teacher commended him on his many strengths and abilities, including his artistic talents, abilities in sport, music, his kindness, his growing independence, and much more, while highlighting that the SATs "only measure a little bit" of who he is as a person and as a student.
Gail posted the letter on Twitter July 9, where it has since received nearly 5,000 shares.
"All the staffers are just shining examples of what an educators should be," she said of Ben's teachers. "They did it because they care and I think that's just so important."