A letter to all fellow educators:
You mold the minds of the future – literally. Educators do not get nearly as enough credit as they deserve. You spend your day teaching students life long skills, as well as the state standards we are all judged upon. You & you alone hold the light at the end of the tunnel for the majority of the little ones that gaze upon you daily. They look to you to guide them through uncertainties, protect them, & nurture them.
You are known for easy work week hours & taking off an entire summer, when the realty is your job never stops. You are continually grading, planning, grading, creating, grading, growing professionally, grading, teaching summer school, grading, working an extra job, grading, unit planning, grading, curriculum writing, grading…But maybe they’re correct when they ask, “oh, you’re a teacher, isn’t it fun to just sit around all summer?” 🙂
You don’t work towards bonuses or extra bumps in pay, but for simply the satisfying feeling of a student’s light bulb finally turning on; a student’s understanding how to infer, sequence, multiply, subtract, etc… You are looked upon as glorified babysitters, but do not ever show discouragement because of this label. You continue to lead, teach, & mentor.
You are selfless, giving, & compassionate. You are a parent, a coach, & a friend.
You are appreciated.
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy