This time of year, I’m always thinking about the teachers…
With Cade in grade school, and Cass in middle school, I am submerged in all their academics and activities, as each day I am handed paperwork for upcoming events and end of the year state testing- among other things. I’m so grateful that my kids are pretty wonderful students, both behaviorally and academically- I know how hard it can be for both the parents and the teachers with those students who struggle.
I have always been a big fan of teachers. Many moments in my life have been defined by them… And I see the impact they have on my children and countless kids they encounter in their classrooms. I have learned the profound passion they hold for their calling. They have such a powerful role in their students’ lives. And as I am parenting my own children and sending them off every day to spend much of their time soaking in the wisdom and perspective of their teachers, I truly thank God for them every single day. As a parent, my awareness of all they do, and the gratitude I have for them has grown tenfold.
Their job is hard, people.
The classrooms have never been so full. The state standards have never been so challenging. The diversity and the culture of school has changed drastically since I was there, and I can only imagine the pressure they feel every day to do their job successfully. One thing I know for sure, is that they don’t get enough praise and credit for the daily efforts and energy they invest in our kids, to ensure that our kids are receiving the best education possible.
Sure, there are issues with our education system. Sure there are teachers that shouldn’t be teaching. But I can testify to the remarkable ways teachers have impressed upon my own kids every single year that they have been in school. Because of these invaluable people, my kids have grown tremendously under their tutelage, and I for one, am forever thankful that these people are doing what I cannot.
I have many home school friends that I admire with all my heart. I am amazed at how they nurture such a loving and learning environment at home. I choose each year, wrought with worry, to send my kids to public school… and every year I am pleased with my decision.
I believe in these teachers. My sister has been teaching in public high school for over 30 years. She has given her heart and soul to those kids. Her passion is relentless and her hard work is seen every day in guiding these teens into their future. It’s tough work, getting up at the crack of dawn every day to face a day filled with crowded classrooms of kids that need much more than curriculum.
They need inspiration.
I see the evidence of a teacher’s heart and mission in my own kids.
My daughter has enjoyed her relationships with every single teacher she has had, and she has been inspired to learn as much as possible under their encouragement. Recently this year, three male teachers have volunteered to lead a guitar club after school on their *own time*. Apparently at one club meeting, these guys heard Cassidy sing as she strummed the guitar to a song she ‘googled’ the chords to, and they decided she needed to perform in the all-school talent show with their back up. They have had extra rehearsals and even encouraged her to sing another song as well.
They did this all off the clock, my friends.
And that is just one of hundreds of examples of how many, many teachers have gone above and beyond their call of duty. Oh, there are many stories from the years she has been in school- and many more with my son. Each and every teacher I know has proven to have a passion for education and a love for kids, and that leaves a beautiful imprint on the hearts of my children…
If you feel compelled to celebrate and support the teachers in your life, please head over to Scary Mommy and read the article I wrote for our teachers. Share it, tag teachers you know on FB, send it via email to your kid’s teachers… do whatever you can to show your support for these amazing people. Their influence is powerful.
They deserve some praise, don’t they?
Let’s show them the appreciation they deserve!
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