The story above is a representation of what makes teaching truly meaningful and rewarding. Another way I've found to keep in touch with students over the years has been through social media. As a teacher, I created an Instagram account specifically to keep in touch with students from former years.
Many types of social media are becoming more accepted in classrooms as educational tools. Now that I've created this account, former students interact with me on Instagram. I get to watch them grow up.
I would caution though, there are many implications that come with mixing professional and personal life via social media. This article, published in 2010, addressed the issue of friend requests from former students. Because of these issues, I've chosen to create a separate Instagram that isn't connected to my personal account.
As a teacher, hearing from former students is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. This article touches on that, sharing 3 reasons why students should continue to keep in touch with teachers after leaving school. I agree with each of the points listed. I feel that as a teacher, mentoring and guiding students never ends. I love that I am someone they want to come to and I am honored to continue to be part of their lives.