It's finally here...
Today is the last day of school. It's hard to believe it is already that time, and yet, it feels like so much has happened in this past year. It's easy to imagine why the kids and teachers are so ready to be finished.
Just as with every year, I think it is important to show our teachers that we recognize how they continue to be challenged and that we appreciate how much they have done. Instead of constantly second-guessing their professionalism and ability. Instead of continuing to heap on requirements that make their jobs more challenging, and less rewarding.
Hopefully everyone has a teacher that they can thank in their life for inspiring or motivating them. Recognizing the impact teachers have on the lives around them.
I feel blessed to have had so many wonderful teachers throughout my lifetime, at all levels. There really are too many to mention here in any meaningful way. I'm proud to have so many teachers that I would consider family and I'm proud to have teachers that I call friends. I'm especially proud to have married one.
The hours go way beyond whatever you imagine a regular school day is. The pay is far too low for what we ask of them. They cobble things together from duct-tape and baling wire to make sure they have what they need for the class. And they succeed in spite of the ridiculous tests that we ask them to prepare students for.
So go hug a teacher. Go shake their hand. If one of them truly made a difference in your life, please let them know. You cannot imagine how much it means to them.