It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.
It’s a good time to show your child’s teachers how much they matter. These are the people we trust to care for your children while we are away at work and to impart knowledge. We expect them to be well-educated at what they do, have immeasurable patience, and always be cheerful and positive. And most of them are just that.
But did you know preschool teachers make about half of what the elementary teachers make – and they don’t get paid enough for what they do either. Most of them work at home and on the weekends, unpaid. Not because they have to, but because they choose to. Teaching children is the career they chose to put their education dollars into – without a great deal of return. They chose this career because children matter.
At our center, we have a pretty large team of teachers and assistants. Each one brings something different to the table. Each one has their amazing talents – but not one is perfect. Together we bring out the best in each other. We work hard. We spend time and money at being better at what we do.
And teachers have hard days. Days when they feel like they have failed their kids-Days when nothing goes as planned-Days when they simple don’t feel good. And yet, they are there.
So I am here suggesting that everyone who has contact with any teacher this week, let them know how important they are. Let them hear you say, “I appreciate what you do”.
Teacher appreciate day is Tuesday, May 8 this year. Need some ideas?
- Have your child make a card and drop in a coffee card.
- Make a collage of pictures and frame it.
- Together with your child, make a door name plate with her name on it.
- Bring some lunch!
- Bring flowers.
- Give hugs (but remember to ask first).