Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

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!

     Welcome to another Monday!!  As we look beyond today towards the end of another successful year, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to students and your craft. 
      This quote by Henry Adams says it all: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 

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!

Today, or any day this week, take a moment to drop a note of thanks to one of your former teachers, one of you kids teachers or someone who takes on the amazing power of being a teacher and influencing the world.  We are all much better for it!