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And Chances Are, If You Give a Teacher Some Appreciation…,

…she’ll want some pencils to go with it.  

All too often these days, our educators are ignored, bullied, and passed over.  They are the forgotten link in our kids’ success stories.  To be in such full view, they are certainly kept behind the scenes.  I really, really hate that.

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All my life, I grew up loving school (with a few years exceptions, of course).  All my life, I had amazing teachers.  I also had amazing parents who never blamed my teachers for my own shortcomings, and they never let me not accept my own blame.  My parents, my very first teachers, taught me to love and respect the people who would shape my mind for many years to come.  My aunt, a teacher for many years, unknowingly taught me to admire and listen to those who had lived a life before my own.  As is such, I have the utmost respect for quality education and the fine women (and men!) who provide it to my own little ones.

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As most of you know, Gabe has had some learning struggles along his admittedly short school path. I am glad to say that we’ve had some, for lack of a better term, crappy teachers. I am thankful for them because those women gave me the sight to see what AMAZING teachers he has also been exposed to. Women (and men!) who have fought tooth and nail for my stubborn, hard-learning little guy. They have loved and fussed, held up and nailed down my Gabe in a way that I so appreciate. Their sticktoitiveness and gumption have made more of a difference in Gabe’s life (and that of my own!) than I’m afraid they’ll never fully know.

Connor began his first year of “big boy school” this year.  He has loved everything about this new experience and is so eager to learn.  While he will not face the struggles that our Gabe faces, he will one day fight his own battles.  I am so hopeful that he will have awesome relationships with his teachers in the same way his big brother has been blessed with.  So far he, himself, has gotten to know and love the people who surround him at school, and I am so happy that he will get to spend his days in a learning environment where little guys are not only taught but lifted up, as well.

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I have grown to not only respect these people but also treasure them. They are special people with some of the most enlightened souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. In addition to their own very busy, hectic lives, they choose to take on my, what some would call “hard” (hell, what I would sometimes call hard), kiddos with the gusto that I cannot fathom. And not just mine, but countless others. Today, in the world we live in, so many parents place blame where blame is not called for. Our teachers catch the brunt of lazy parenting and, by due course, ill-behaved children. It is unfair, hard work. But they attend to it with grace and their own brand of stubbornness and make their way home with heads, and red pens, held high.

A simple thank you seems insufficient but for now, that is all I have. So thank you, ladies. Thank you so much for reaching out to my boys. Thank you for your time, your patience, your encouragement, and most of all, your care. From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful for all you have done.

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To all you other teachers out there whom we’ve not yet met, apologies and thanks in advance. I am sure we will encounter our fair share of even more mediocre individuals attempting to pass as teachers, but I do so look forward to meeting you nurturers. The soul seekers. The up-lifting, no-nonsense, believe in you-ers. The mind shapers. The EDUCATORS.

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week. You are SO needed.

*I originally posted this on my very first blog about a year ago.  You can find it here.

15 thoughts on “And Chances Are, If You Give a Teacher Some Appreciation…,”

    1. Absolutely. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for people in the career who give it their all. Teachers today put up with so much garbage — largely from or kicked off by parents!

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  1. Teachers are amazing. They work so hard all for the benefit of children that aren’t even theirs. I have several teacher friends, too, and my grandma was a teacher for many years. They really do sacrifice a lot for those kids.

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  2. This is great. Teachers often don’t get enough recognition and they totally deserve it! They work so hard and really make a difference in our kid’s lives.

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  3. It’s so hard to be a great teacher and they really don’t get appreciated enough. I also have memories of good teachers and bad teachers growing up and the good ones really do make such a difference. Now as an adult and parent I am even coming to see some of my “bad” teachers in a new light. It must be so hard keeping a classroom full of kids in check, let alone cater to everyone’s individual needs. Teachers definitely need more support in and out of the classroom.

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  4. It’s great to know that there are teachers out there who genuinely love their job and want to see people exceed. I didn’t go to very good schools, and the teachers certainly reflected that. I understand what years of dealing with rude delinquents could do to your passion, but it sucked that those who were there to learn ended up missing out on proper guidance because other students had ruined it for them. I hope all the great teachers out there are patting themselves on the back throughout this week!

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    1. I can see how that would be disheartening, for sure. I’ve had my fair share of less than stellar teachers, but they’ve had a part in making the good ones really stand out. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. We sent a gift card and thank you note in to my son’s second grade teacher today to show appreciation… He had her for kindergarten as well, and we’ve been so lucky to have her as his teacher. Definitely a profession that needs support and acknowledgement.

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