Manic: I am guessing the life of a busy teacher! I don’t know that for sure because I am not a teacher. However, I do know that our teachers work hard for our kids and that teachers don’t take home big paychecks and have to work with limited resources. Not an easy gig, but an important job, since these women and men make a difference every single day. They are guiding our future, our children.
Managed: Participating in your school’s teacher appreciation week….or if you can’t do that due to scheduling, etc…just remember the value of saying thank you to our hard-working teachers! So when our managedmoms.com writer, Lisa Walton (who is also a teacher!) asked me if she could write a small piece about teacher appreciation week, I agreed that this is a great idea!
We’ve all been touched by a teacher over the years. For me, it started with my Mom. She was an amazingly dedicated teacher. Part of the reason I chose to become a teacher was due to her example. Secondly, it was my fourth grade teacher. She taught me how to get lost in a book; to travel to far-away places, and to use my imagination. She was also the teacher that taught me creative writing and encouraged me to dabble in poetry. I really think my love of writing started with her gentle nudges and guiding hands. In middle school, it was my English teacher. She challenged me to push the limits, delve into my self, and always strive for more. Her love of literature was truly moving.
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This is the time to thank the “TEACHERS” in your life. Teachers come in many forms; parents, coaches, pastors, friends, and even our own children. So take the time to thank those who have inspired, influenced, and helped you to become the person you are today. While there are the obligatory coffee mugs, and apple-themed gifts, what we love most is just being appreciated. After almost 20 years of teaching, sincere, hand-written thank you notes from parents and students are my most treasured gifts. I will always hang onto those and remember them with fondness. Having children be thankful and express their gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can teach them.
***And we appeciate you, Lisa! Thank you for writing this and for being a wonderful teacher, too!
About our writer Lisa Walton:
Lisa Walton–Parenting tips, Valley Teacher and Mother
Lisa Walton has been a teacher in the Valley for over 18 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education from Illinois State University; and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Arizona State University. She currently works as an itinerant teacher, collaborating with regular education teachers in the public schools.