ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on October 19, 2011
Ms. Deeta Reyes - my favorite teacher
Ms. Deeta Reyes - my favorite teacher
Ms. Reyes' favorite class :-) (with students and  co-teachers who were left after the party)
Ms. Reyes' favorite class :-) (with students and co-teachers who were left after the party)
Let's have a toast!
Let's have a toast!
Remember to wash your hands class!
Remember to wash your hands class!
Can you tell how crazy our class was?
Can you tell how crazy our class was?
Ms. Reyes finally joined our karaoke session during our End of Mod Party.
Ms. Reyes finally joined our karaoke session during our End of Mod Party.

“You Are Such A Wonderful Person
Just As An Angel From Up Above
I’m Sure The Lord Has Put You Here
To Show Others How To Love” …
Melinda Tanner

Sometimes you meet someone in your life that inadvertently showed snippets of genuine kindness, never realizing how much profound effect it would have in your heart. It touches your soul in a very special way. That’s the kind of impact Ms. Deeta Reyes had imbued in my senses when she said, “You can do anything you set your mind to, because you have what it takes,” after I passed my certification exam. It meant a lot coming from my teacher who nurtured my medical skills, who was generous with positive affirmations, and who demonstrated by example how to be compassionate with the less fortunate students. Imagine the spectrum of emotions I felt upon hearing this lovely human being passed away not very long ago.

Many “could have – would have” ran through my mind hoping to ease the deep sorrow that slowly crept inside of me the day I heard the sad news. Perhaps, the anxiety of my husband’s pending gallbladder surgery made it even worse. Even my cat tried to console me by putting his front paws on my lap as if saying, “what’s wrong?” - as I sobbed while reading Ms. Reyes daughter’s old facebook posts, that I never got to read prior to her death. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to visit her at the hospital: To tell her how much I appreciated her encouraging words every time I come to her with school issues, for recognizing my academic accomplishments, and for making me laugh (unintentionally)with her antics.

When I stepped out of the door, after enrolling at Remington College to pursue Medical Assisting Program in the fall of 2009, I was greeted with a warm smile by a petite woman who was lugging a rolling crate filled with paperwork. Our eyes met and I instinctively opened the door for her. Judging from her attire, I figured she’s one of the teachers. I thought to myself, “I hope she’ll be one of my teachers.” My wish was granted and more. She became my favorite teacher for life.

I’ve heard this question many times: Who is your favorite teacher? And I’ve always answered it silently with – none! All I could remember about my teachers in the past is the smack on the head from my reading and writing teacher, whenever I missed pronouncing a word correctly, when I was still in elementary. While in high school, a teacher made me turn my chair around (I was sitting on the front row) to face my classmates, because I failed to heed her warning to stop chattering. The embarrassment I felt became an appendage to the word “teacher.”But my answer to the popular question transformed when Ms. Reyes became my teacher.

I’ve never seen a teacher who cared for her students – equally. She calmed our nerves during injection practices. When a classmate bruised my arm badly (we were each other’s guinea pig), she called me many times at home to make sure I was okay. When some students were hungry and didn’t have a dime to buy food, she gave her own money. I pitched in sometimes. She also loved to encourage students with musical skills. She griped at me one time during school event when I opted not to share my karaoke singing skill. We shared our love for food and music.

She was a giver: In words and in her actions. I always hear her praised students and acted like a cheer leader. She made me feel I was her favorite student, because of her kind words, but then I started noticing she showed the same kindness to other students. I realized that’s her nature, which transcends cultural boundaries. Many students at Remington probably didn’t realize Ms. Reyes was often the one responsible for coordinating and personally investing for the yearly hotdog meal shared to everyone. While at school, I’d pass by the teacher’s lounge and whenever I smelled the aroma of breakfast sausage and donuts wafting through the air, all I could think of were, “Ms. Reyes brought those yummies!” At times she surprised us with orange juice and donuts when almost all of us produced good grades. She always find excuse to treat her students and her colleagues.

She’s also gifted with a good sense of humor. She combined her teaching with levity, which is one of the things that are endearing to me. There’s never a dull moment in her class – at least for me. When we moved on to higher modules, she would stop and peek through the narrow glass part of the wall of the classroom and made silly facial and hand expressions like pretend crying because she missed us so bad, that broke me down into giggling fit. She told us many times we were her favorite class despite our idiosyncracies. I wanted to claim it’s because of me, but I know all too well nothing could be farther from the truth.

You never know when kindness expressed in any way, big or small, can have a tremendous imprint in someone’s life. No one is perfect, but what’s important is our predominant character that made a difference in the people we encountered. I’d be remiss if I fail to share to the world that a wonderful person named Deeta Reyes once walked with us on this earth.

Ben Cranshaw said, “There are many things that will catch your eye. But only a few will catch your heart.” Ms. Deeta Reyes caught my heart and she will be forever missed.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      jayashree chatterjee 

      6 years ago

      She was a special person who has smile on her face all time.Who always encouraged us positively. I still can not believe that Miss Reyes is not with us anymore. We love her, always remember her.

    • FIL-AM VIEW profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmelita McMillin 

      6 years ago

      You're welcome Timmy! I still can't believe your mom is gone, especially after looking at the photos I posted with this article. She was indeed very special.

    • profile image

      Timmi Vasquez 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for giving my mom such a heartfelt tribute. She truly loved to teach and her students were very special to her. You are very sweet for doing this. I can't wait to share this with my family. Thanks again!! God Bless you! ?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)