The real reward of teaching

June 27, 2011

Mr Gibb.
You may not remember me, and Im sure you get emails like this all the time, I was a student of yours at DHS, class of 1985. because of your tufflove type of teaching, you changed my direction in life, I got my self back into my studies, and am the first Patti male to finish school, I am a Detroit Police Officer and have been for over 22 years, I am also the first Patti to finish with a College Degree. I have received many awards along my path as a officer, but because of you have always wanted to be a teacher,, life kinda got going, and as things go I trudged along, I was a member of the swat team, and a sniper with the Dept,, I then moved to the Narcotics unit where I worked for over 11 years. I have been shot 5 times, stabbed once, and received many injurys along the way,, but loved my job,, a few years ago my wife begged me to give up the Narcotics assignment, and asked me to start a family, she stood by me thru the good and bad,,, most bad and full of worry for her, I am now a Instructor for the Fire Arms Training Unit, and the father of a 3 year old baby girl. I teach Fatal Force, when to shoot, and not shoot, along with all firearms qualification for the dept, I am now a lead instructor in the unit. Today a Officer whom I was partner with for many years was in my class, and on break asked me how I can stand teaching these classes day in and day out,,, and if I miss working the street, I do very much, but I told him that I also love teaching, and I have wanted to do so for many years, and I told him how you touched me so many years ago, and without your influence, Im not sure where I would have ended up in this life. I feel I have helped many young Officers make the right decisions in life and death times, and have had these young Officers tell me so and thank me, and I feel I have you to thank for that, and now I want to thank you too. I hope all is well with you, and think you are a great teacher, I am lucky to have had your classes. thanks again. Michael Patti.