Every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day.
Teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding vocations. Everyone can remember a teacher who made a difference in their life; a teacher who believed in them and kept them motivated to reach their highest academic and social potential; a teacher who always celebrated your successes and taught you how to learn from your failures.
As a semi-retired principal for over 38 years, I have seen firsthand the profound differences teachers can make. I have shared their tears, challenges and heartbreaks along with their joy, love and compassion. I have seen them spend their own money and do without, so that a student could have a basic need met. I have seen them attend games, concerts and activities that the parents of these children chose not to attend.
Much of the above will never show up on a national or state mandated test score, but it will live in the hearts and minds of the children they so lovingly serve, children who will never forget how they were treated.
Most of our teachers spend more time with their students than the students’ parents. When I was an elementary school principal, I remember a teacher who had a sign above her classroom door that read: “Caution – We are building tomorrow.”
We not only need to award our teachers financially, but show them the honor and respect they so richly deserve.
I challenge all parents, grandparents and citizens to be a strong advocate for teachers. The future of our nation is in their hands.
Thanks to all of those dedicated teachers who make a difference each day. You are truly making the world a better place for all of God’s children.
Brooks P. Moore