“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.”
Teachers take on the important task of building strong children every day. They dedicate their careers to shaping the lives of young people.
Teachers do more than explain reading, writing and arithmetic. Their support and understanding can push kids to be the best they can be. In fact, a recent study out of England shows encouragement from teachers has the greatest impact on whether kids stay in school. Even some of the most successful billionaires have credited their success to their teachers.
Bill Gates wrote about his fourth grade teacher, “Mrs. Caffiere took me under her wing and helped make it okay for me to be a messy, nerdy boy who was reading lots of books… It’s remarkable how much power one good person can have in shaping the life of a child.”
When Oprah Winfrey signed off for the last time, she thanked one person above all others, her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan. Oprah called her “my first true liberator who made me feel that I mattered.”
Despite those celebrity shout outs, teachers often don’t get the thanks that they deserve. May 1 – 5 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and a chance to correct that. It’s a week dedicated to saying thank you to the people who nurture and care for your children day in and day out. Some parents will give little gifts, but you don’t have to spend money – just a simple thank you will go a long way in making a teacher feel appreciated.
If you feel like you want to do a little more, teachers always love getting hand-drawn pictures from their students! Getting the kids involved has the added bonus of teaching them to be gracious and how to show their appreciation.
Thank you to all the teachers out there for everything you do!