I am grateful for the hard work teachers do to provide wonderful learning experiences for students every day. I appreciate the kindness, generosity, and patience of teachers. They never give up; they are wiling to try new things; they do creative things to reach every student. Teachers do not stay on the sidelines; they are part of a team, making a thousand decisions a day for benefit of students.
--Dr. Anthony Godfrey
This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there's something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.
The power of an effective teacher is something almost all of us have experienced and understand on a personal level. If we were particularly fortunate, we had numerous exceptional teachers who made school an exciting and interesting place. Those teachers possessed a passion for the subjects that they taught and genuine care for the students with whom they worked. They inspired us to play with ideas, think deeply about the subject matter, take on more challenging work, and even pursue careers in a particular field of study. Some exceptional teachers achieve celebrity status, such as Jaime Escalante, the math teacher who inspired the
film Stand and Deliver, but thousands of unsung heroes go unrecognized in their remarkable work with students on a daily basis
-- Pamela D. Tucker and James H. Stronge
Yesterday was National Teacher Appreciation Day! Thank you teachers!
Do you know the origins of National Teacher Day? It is believed it began in 1944. An Arkansas teacher, Mattye Whytte Woodridge was writing to political and educational leaders asking for a national day for teachers to be honored. One of her letters made it to the desk of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, Mrs. Roosevelt worked with groups like National Educators Association (NEA) to convince congress that there should be a national teacher day.
It took decades for congress to declare the first National Teacher Day on March 1, 1980, and it was only for that year. But a movement had started to make it an annual thing with NEA on the first Tuesday in March. In 1985, the NEA Representative Assembly voted that the first Tuesday in March would be National Teacher Day. Then, the National Parent Teacher Association decided to take this a step further and decided the first full week of May would be Teacher Appreciation Week.
To learn more about Mattye Whytte Woodridge and the history of National Teacher Day, check out this blog post:
Dr. Helen Caldicott, a world renowned Australian physician, stated, “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
You have taken a remarkable leap in education lately. Please know we value your amazing efforts, also parents appreciate your diligence on behalf of their children. Stay the course!
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
~John F. Kennedy
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
~Alexander the GreatYour contributions of time, talent, and support offer great opportunities to kids, truly making a difference in their lives.
It's that time of year where we pause to thank teachers and reflect on who we are because of them. We are so grateful for our teachers in our schools and the hard work and efforts they put into helping their students learn.
Have you thanked a teacher? What teacher influenced your life and caused you to become better? Share about it in your own social media with #ThankATeacher
Also--many organizations recognize teachers. Check out this link for deals this week and during the year: