Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

To all teachers,

Today is your day.  If I had the power to do so, I would grant you the day off.  You have certainly earned it.  But I also know you, and I know that you would not really take the day off.  You would grade papers or prepare a lesson or analyze data or develop an assessment or think of an intervention for a struggling student or worry about a disadvantaged child.  So maybe it is only appropriate that Teacher Appreciation Day happens on a school day when you can spend time with those who need you and appreciate you the most.  I know that there are many days when you do not feel appreciated, and I could write on and on about the reasons you would be justified in feeling that way. Today should be a positive day though so I will simply share with you some quotes that I think explain why you continue to do this job day in and day out.

A good teacher is like a candle:  it consumes itself to light the way for others. (Anonymous)

Teachers teach because they care.  Teaching young people is what they do best.  It requires long hours, patience, and care. (Horace Mann)

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. (William Ward)

Every child should have a caring adult in their lives.  And that’s not always a biological parent or family member.  It may be a friend or neighbor.  Oftentimes it is a teacher. (Sen. Joe Manchin)

You teach because you care.  You teach because you want to inspire.  You teach because you want to light the way for others.  You teach because children need you to care for them.  

We can never thank you enough or show enough appreciation for all that you do – both seen and unseen.  While you may not hear it often enough, you make a difference every day.

So on this Teacher Appreciation Day, I will leave you with a quote from Andy Rooney.

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us.  Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

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