Thank a Teacher Day: Monday, December 17, 2012

Being an educator is the most rewarding job in the world! I treat my students like they are my own. I want the best for my students just as I wish the same for my own children. I realize and value the great trust parents put into their schools and teachers in caring for their children.

The sad event of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., breaks my heart. I feel for those heroic teachers who protected their students and, for some, gave their lives for the students they serve everyday. School personnel never think they'll ever have to risk their lives like soldiers, police, or firefighters do on a daily basis. Yet, when duty calls, teachers are just as brave and committed to the service to their students and their families.

Please join me on Monday, December 17, 2012 to take a moment to thank a teacher. A note, an email, a small gift, or even a hug with a "Thank You" means the world to a teacher. You can send your message of thanks to your child's teacher or send a note to a school you attended with a message of thanks. Especially this season as companies host holiday parties and employees receive bonuses and gifts, a "thank you" for a teacher is the best gift to give.

In my office, I keep a binder of all the of letters, notes, emails, and pictures I have from my students. It spans almost 10 years. Every year, I review my binder and reflect on my career as an educator. This binder means the world to me. I can truly say it is one of my most prized possessions. I reminds me of the good work I do, the impact I make on lives everyday, and to keep up the gift God has given me in working with young people.

Please join me in saying "Thank You" to all the teachers in your life!

If you work in media, join hundreds of bloggers throughout the US in recognizing Thank a Teacher Day 2012, created in loving memory of those who lost their lives in Newtown, CT, and in honor of the hundreds of thousands of teachers who would do what they did for your child. Post this image on your website, share it with your readers and viewers. Help us to reach other parents and grandparents to thank those who love your children nearly as much as you do. Because those messages of thanks don’t take a lot of time to express but yet they mean the world to those who dedicate their lives to our children.