Dear Ms Anson, thank you for being an inspirational teacher and an early feminist role model – not by banging any polemical drums, but just being your fabulous self – to a young shy kid. Our family was going through some very difficult times at home. It was also tough being a “poor family” in a pretty middle-class area. (Although I’m grateful for the fact there were still state houses and cheap rentals in “nice” places in those days.) You told me that I had a brain – I’d always thought I was stupid. It was literally a life-changing moment. Now I’m earning good money with a satisfying career in IT, and it all started back then on a sunny afternoon in your classroom in 1979. Also, your motorbike rocked.