With COVID-19 a new contingent of teachers recently joined the ranks of educators during Shelter-In-Place orders.
For those who don't have school age children, Teacher Appreciation Day can go unnoticed. Yet young or old, each of us have benefitted from many teachers throughout our lifetime.
To parents with children currently enrolled in school who are now forcibly experiencing a version of home schooling, there is greater gratitude for their official school teachers.
Yet everyone loves to be appreciated. In fact, here's a shout out to my dear friend Keila who is a high school teacher. God bless her and all the teachers!
Not every teacher is an educator from a school. It could be a coach, a neighbor or a mentor. We should always be learning. Teaching can be simultaneously a thankless job yet rewarding in its own unique way.
My eldest daughter is a co-director at a private daycare. She first began there as a teacher. She worked for many years to obtain her 4 year degree from San Jose State University in Early Childhood Development.
Most days she would come home exhausted after waking up early to arrive and open the school at 6:00 am, and often work until closing at 6:00 pm (or even later if parent pickup was late). She is a person like me who suffers from insomnia and loves nothing better than to sleep in-so you can imagine the struggle of rising early each day. She does it five days a week throughout the year (her school doesn't take summer or holiday breaks). She does it out of love for the children she helps teach and grow, and because it's her calling in life.
Even though my daughter is drained each day, she still shares lots of love with the children, many of whom are still too young to tell her "thank you" themselves with words. And even when children know how to say thank you, it doesn't mean it's always said. That's why it's important for each of us to take the time and effort to "show and tell" Teachers out there that what they do is as important to us as it is to them.
While May 5 is the offical Teacher Appreciation Day, many people consider it to be more of a Teacher Appreciation Week. So if you forgot to give thanks via a card, a conversation, a gift, or something else today, you can do it tomorrow. Don't worry, you're not being graded on your appreciation!
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