This week we honor teachers for their tireless work on behalf of our students. I once heard someone compare teachers to candles - they consume themselves to brighten the lives of others. This is so true as teachers work many hours preparing engaging lessons, guiding students and providing feedback, meeting and working with families, collaborating with colleagues, reflecting on their work, leading after school events and more. But even more important is the intangible work they do - helping students develop a passion for something such as reading or robotics; providing a caring and compassionate ear; embracing the strengths of each child; seeing the potential in each student even if they don't see it themselves - yet. It is these relationships that can make such a difference in a student's life.
I encourage you to take the time to thank a teacher that had an impact on your life or the lives of your children. A simple note or email can bring such joy and affirmation to a teacher. I still keep in touch with my first grade teacher because she had such a positive impact on this painfully shy, backward country girl and her family. Join me in thanking those special teachers.