Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
I am very thankful for the many teachers that I have known throughout my life. I have many fond memories of special teachers who impacted my life but the one that stands out the most to me is one that my son had. My son’s Kindergarten teacher is one of the most amazing women I have met. She has that intuition that most teachers seem to be born with. The one where they know they need to make a call to a parent to discuss behavior but once they see that parents face they KNOW to do so with a gentle approach. No matter how awful the behavior may seemed at that moment the delivery was always done with professionalism, with a personal caring and desire to help attitude. Not only that but the way in which she cared for my son never left me with the impression that he was a problem. Her approach towards him was that of love and genuine care. The best part was that she always ended a bad day with these words. “Hey buddy, I know today was a rough one but guess what? Tomorrow is a brand new day and you get the chance to start over!” Yes, there were consequences for his behavior but he knew that when he walked through that door the next morning she was not thinking “Oh, great he is here and I wonder what his day is going to be like.” He knew that she had put yesterday where it belonged, in the past and was ready to begin again. I needed that especially that year as there were so many other issues going on at home. As a teacher it is a fine line that you walk because while you know that behavior patterns typically mean there is an issue going on often times you can’t fix it. I am thankful for those teachers that understand and can be compassionate with parents, especially THIS parent. Thanks Mrs. Barber for always loving on my boy, here’s hoping that at Summer Camp this year he has more good days than bad lol!
Here are three reasons why I am thankful for educators:
- Teachers provide a safe place for many children today. In this crazy and chaotic world they are often a shoulder to cry on, a smile that warms a heart, and offer an encouraging word that makes all the difference in someone’s life.
- Teachers are selfless. They are not motivated by money or accolades. They spend their entire lives thinking about how they can make a difference and how they can make children’s lives better.
- Teachers are not only there for the kids, they can often be seen comforting a parent, helping them to realize that a diagnosis doesn’t equal failure, it is often the first step to success. Truly no one else comes alongside a parent to help them more than teachers.
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