Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

I would like to wish our teachers a very Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! While it is nice that we take time every year at this time to celebrate them, they deserve to be celebrated EVERY day for the tremendous sacrifice, commitment and passion that they bring to their work each day! There is no doubt that the influence of a great teacher can affect a student’s life forever.  I still remember many of the teachers I had in school (I know that was a while ago) and while I many not remember all of the content they taught me, I do remember how they made me feel as a learner and a person.  It was the things they did to build my confidence, the way they knew just how to challenge and encourage me at the same time and the way they always let me know that I was important to them even though they had many other students to which they had to do the same thing.

When I became a teacher, I made it my business to create those same conditions for my students and I hope that I am remembered  as a teacher who taught them life skills and content in a way they could learn, gave them the confidence to push through adversity and challenges and let them know that I cared about and believed in them no matter what!  I am sure if we all look back at our education, we can remember some favorite teachers that influenced us to become the people that we are today. This is the power of a teacher!

Some people think teaching is easy! I can assure you that it is not.  Teachers don’t teach because they are going to get rich or they have the summers off (because many teachers do not). They do it because they know that they make a difference in the lives of children who are , in fact, our future. Every day they face challenges whether it be adapting to changing standards, trying to do more with fewer resources and striving to meet the  needs of EVERY student. This is a fact of life for our teachers and I applaud them for never giving up despite the obstacles that can often be put in the way.  I am so grateful for their resilience, patience and tenacity and their ability to be role models, coaches as well as teachers!  For me choosing to become an educator (40 years next year) because I have the opportunity do the most important work in the world! Teaching and supporting teachers and students is extremely rewarding!

It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to work alongside the dedicated, talented and committed teachers in this great district . They make me so proud to be their colleague and I hope you will find some time this week to let them know how much you appreciate the work they are doing with your child.  Believe me, a kind word of thanks goes a long way!

Hats off to all of the wonderful teachers in Georgetown and beyond!   THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for making the world a better place.