We've all seen the bumper sticker: If you can read this, thank a teacher! The adage may be trite, but there is truth behind it.
By the time high school graduation rolls around, we've had our share of competent teachers and maybe even a couple bad apples. But there is always that special teacher who truly did make a difference. He or she was the one who challenged you, made you see the world a certain way, and in the end changed your soul. You may have never thanked that special teacher, but you can still show appreciation for the educators who work so tirelessly to make the world a better place.
Just a simple handwritten note is the most special thing you can do show your gratitude. I keep all my notes from students and parents over the years in a tattered old file folder that I had started my first year of teaching. When I'm having a bad day or in need of a speedy attitude adjustment, I read a couple of letters. The words are so precious and honest; they never fail to reenergize my spirit and remind me of why I do what I do.
So thank a teacher this week and tell them they are appreciated. It will mean the world!
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
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