Teacher Appreciation Week is always celebrated during the first week in May. The power of great teaching can be seen all around us. Each of us remembers a teacher who influenced us to be great, to take a risk or to try something new. It is an amazing power to have, somewhat of a superhero.
As Nelson Mandela keenly stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. We often forget how valuable education can be. The politics of education is ugly and often not flattering, but for those in the field, it is a brutally difficult job that takes persistence, determination, resilience and true grit. No two days are alike as no two students are alike. Yet, our teachers plan, develop and present amazing opportunities so that our students have a solidly grounded education that will lead them towards a life of constant curiosity and learning.
I sent the following email to our teachers this morning:
Good morning everyone!
It is so true. Each of you can think back to a teacher who influenced you and your life. You will also have students who will look back someday to something you said or something you did that made a difference for them. They, in turn, may pass along your influence to someone else. The chain never breaks!
Thank you for all you do!