It's that time of year when our thoughts turn towards that for which we are thankful. I have so much to be thankful for, it's overwhelming, but I wanted to publicly say, "thank you" to all the amazing teachers out there!
My children have had many extraordinary teachers. I am so grateful for all the countless hours they put in on their behalf. My dad has been an elementary school teacher for 34 years and I have personally witnessed the time, compassion, patience and dedication it takes to educate young children, not just about school subjects, but how to become successful contributors to society.
I have also seen first-hand how difficult it is to raise a family on a teacher's salary. I have heard the argument that teachers know what they're getting into, as far as pay goes, and if they're not happy with it, they should have selected a different profession. Although I understand that argument, I think it's a great tribute to all those teachers out there who, in spite of the lousy pay, love teaching and are passionate about what they do to make a difference in the life of a child, and ultimately better our society. People who do what they love, regardless of compensation, are those who inspire others.
In a day and age where there is so much negativity towards teachers, I want to say, "thank you." You are wonderful and I appreciate you!