Friday, July 24, 2009

Gratitude and Admiration

One must remember that we cannot walk in another persons shoes. It is important to know that each and every job that anyone of us has, is important. It is important to the community that we live in, important to the individual and important to ones own family. There are many jobs that are difficult to do for many different reasons. We have specialized and got training in order to do the jobs that we have. The challenges that face us in our jobs are as varied as the jobs themselves.

I am not going to explain or make excuses for the problems that teachers have with students, parents, administration, changing curriculum, planning, scheduling, absences, support, funding, testing , technology, or anything else. There are challenges that have to be overcome in every job. Instead, I would like to let others know what a privilege and honor it is to be a teacher.

I cannot imagine what our society would be like without teachers. I want to express my gratitude and admiration to the patient, hard working, dedicated, creative, always learning and problem solving teachers that are every where. Your job is not easy. Fifteen to thirty students come to you with home environments that you have no control over, wide ranging abilities, physical, emotional and social problems, and your responsibility is to make sure that they all learn to think and master skills and standards. You care about making a difference in the lives of your students. You have minds to mold. You hold the future in your hands. The attitude that you share and model with your students is critical in their development. Each and every one of these dedicated individuals feel it is a more than a job- it is a career of the highest calling.


  1. I hope teachers everywhere read this post and take a moment to acknowledge all that they do. It is indeed a higher calling. Many of us could be working in more universally esteemed settings, earning much higher incomes. I left a research position in biotech to do what I do. And I haven't regretted it once. Making a difference in the lives of our students is what is most important.

  2. Wow! Makes me ready for the new school year. Thank you for sharing such a motivating piece.