In the News: Oneida MS Teacher Victoria Abdulla receives perfect gift from two students
Posted on 12/18/2017
Daily Gazette Photo of Oneida MS Teacher Victoria Abdulla & students Shamiah Walker and Taniyah Cherry

Daily Gazette, December 17 2017
Gifts for teachers:  Try a personal touch

Victoria Abdulla, an English Language Arts teacher at Oneida Middle School, prominently displays a framed poem on her desk.

Titled "My Teacher," the poem was written by now ninth-grader Taniyah Cherry as a holiday present to her favorite teacher, and it told Abdulla all she needed to know about the impact she had on Taniyah.

"English class with Ms. Abdulla was the first time I ever felt like I belonged somewhere," Taniyah wrote in the poem. "When I walked in that room, I knew that for the next 45 minutes, I would get to escape, I would get to share my ideas. There is no better feeling than being heard.

"Like, really heard."  

The message reaffirmed Abdulla's reason for getting into teaching in the first place, she said.

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