A Lasting Impression: Have You Thanked a Teacher Today?

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With summer upon us, I’d like to take some time out and thank our teachers and school faculty for a year dedicated to caring for our children and watching them grow.

My oldest recently ‘graduated’ from elementary school and is moving up to middle school. At the ceremony yesterday, the staff presented a video yearbook. A bit different from the norm, it provided not only the children with memories of the year, but gave parents a chance to see just how much teachers and staff are there for our kids.

Day in and day out, they’re there – witnessing triumphs, accomplished goals and working with our children to give them the education needed to succeed. This is by far not an easy task.

A room full of children, each with different needs and especially, different issues, a teacher learns to work with each child to provide knowledge and life lessons.

A parent’s role is, of course, beyond important, but, what we don’t realize is how much time our children spend with a teacher, coach, or other staff member.

“The effects you will have on your students are infinite and currently unknown; you will possibly shape the way they proceed in their careers, the way they will vote, the way they will behave as partners and spouses, the way they will raise their kids.”
Donna Quesada

They’re able to see the progress on a daily basis. Not just with test scores and times in gym class, but with social interactions, friendships, and interests in specific subjects.

They face conflict, bullying, kids that are discouraged, have issues at home, etc.

We trust them with the most precious cargo possible – our children.

They mold the minds of our future and boost confidence in dreams and skills.

I’ve always been grateful for our teachers, each providing a different outlook on life for my sons, but, watching the video yesterday changed my perspective on just how imperative their role is.

They care for our children, emotionally, mentally and physically – role models, coaches, and educators all in one.

flyDo you remember when you would tell anyone and everyone the adorable things your baby or toddler would do? Teachers see these things and more daily. They know our children on a personal basis. In addition to enjoying their personalities, they see and promote monumental growth.

Most see our children during the week more than we do. It’s not that we’re missing out, although it may feel that way, it’s showing our children there’s more to the world than their house, yard, and material things. To teachers, it’s not just a job, it’s a calling. They enjoy our children and witness the transformation each child makes.

For that, we owe them nothing but gratitude and appreciation.

Teachers: Enjoy your summer vacation! You’ve earned it! Thank you for a job well-done! Thank you for showing our future that it’s their time to fly.

Thoughts, comments, questions? Please email me, Jennkaysen@gmail.com

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