Of course being a great teacher has a huge payoff for society, but one teacher got an extra bonus for her efforts: $10,000 from a former student. And it all happened 37 years after that student graduated from her home economics class, as ABC News reports.
A businessman named Kevin Perz spent years trying to track down his former home economics teacher, Marilyn Mecham, from Parkway Central High school in Missouri. When he did, they chatted on the phone. After that call, he sent her a hand-written note with a hefty check for $10,000 enclosed.
"Hi Mrs. Mecham Ma'am! I enjoyed your class so much. You gave the students latitude and respect," Perz wrote. At the end of the note, he added "You were the BEST teacher EVER."
As ABC News reports, this isn't the first time Perz, who now lives in a suburb of Kansas City, first started sending checks to his former teachers. In 1992, he sent a $5,000 check to his calculus teacher and about 20 years after that, he sent a $10,000 check to his business teacher.