Thanks for all you do - November 26th, 2019
As we enter this traditional time of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for your commitment to education. I often end my emails to members with the line “Thanks for all you do,” and I want to make sure that it has not grown into a hackneyed platitude. I want you to know it is a heartfelt sentiment each and every time I sign off with it.
Very few people know the commitment you have to education as a system, to teaching and learning as a pathway to growth, and most importantly, to the students you teach. Everywhere I go, I find amazing efforts on behalf of students and learning.
I want to thank you for your willingness to work within and, at times, in spite of a flawed system. Your ingenuity and steadfastness in the face of often ridiculous barriers are inspiring. We’ve all heard the analogy of attempting to build the plane while flying it, but the idea falls far short. You not only build the plane but design it as well, and you design the flight schedule, train future pilots, build safe flying environments, and care for the passengers who are hurt or hungry. Outside influences often dictate bad weather and mechanical challenges, but you file a new flight plan and continue to arrive on time.
I want to thank you for your commitment to teaching and learning, for your belief that a desire to learn is as natural as breathing and as necessary as a beating heart. In every school I visit, I find educators who are working every minute and every angle to help their students grow and learn, and behind this commitment is a desire for every student to find that moment when the secret is unlocked and the hunger for more is insatiable.
Most importantly, I want to thank you for your commitment to students, the little and not so little humans you care for every day. You care for them when they are sad, when they are sick, and when they are angry. You help them when their parents can’t. You feed them when they are hungry, listen to them when they are ranting, and laugh with them when they are giddy and goofy. You often sacrifice your own health for their sake. You tell your own families that you will be home late because you need to do that one last thing that will, perhaps, change someone’s life, and you do it all with no guarantee that you will ever see the outcome you seek on their behalf.
Very few people know the extent of the work you do, the commitment you have, and the cost you pay.
Thank you for all you do.
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