Do you have a teacher who was so significant in your life that you still think of him/her to this day? Cathy and I both have teachers who were important to us. In my life I can think of several, including Mr. David Webster, Mrs. Nancy Bear and Mrs. Dianna Risk. All of these educators played such an important role in my decision to go into teaching. Mr. Webster gave me my first experience “teaching” in front of a class and gave me so much encouragement that I still keep his evaluation page in a scrapbook. (Never underestimate the impact your feedback can have on a child!) Mrs. Bear’s love of teaching, learning and her students was so evident each day it made all of us eager to learn, but also made us love her right back. And Mrs. Risk…well Mrs. Risk is still one of the main reasons I strive to be the best teacher that I can be, but more importantly, why I always try to make personal connections with my students – to make them feel valued and special. (Her picture is below.) It seems I still always measure myself as a teacher against what she was to me. She was one of a kind.
Here are stories some of our followers shared with us recently:
Nicole Orr Sara Evans at FJH is amazing!!!! She is Jacob’s resource teacher. She has been right on top of things and really helped him thru the year. She makes sure he gets his assignments done, catches him up when he’s behind, keeps me informed and is one of the nicest teachers I have met. You can tell she genuinely cares for her students and the rest of the family. I honestly don’t think he could have made it thru this year without her guidance. She is a huge asset to those students that just need a little extra help and support in their learning process.
Next week is Teacher Appreciation week! A time for us to remember those educators who had a positive impact on our lives and a time to celebrate the teachers who are doing the same for our children now. In addition to the small fun things you might do for teachers you know throughout the week, another great way to assist teachers is to support AdoptAClassroom.org by registering and donating through this link http://clvr.li/11UG2rE.
AdoptAClassroom.org is in partnership with Office Depot to try to support our teachers with much needed supplies in their classrooms. Office Depot recognizes the contributions teachers make every day to support students:
- $1,000: Out-of-pocket amount spent by the average teacher each year on essential classroom supplies
- 92%: Percentage of teachers who report spending their own money on classroom supplies
- $1.3 billion: Total out-of-pocket amount spent nationally by teachers on classroom supplies each year
If you are a teacher, consider registering your classroom today with AdoptAClassroom.org to participate in the REAL Change Project and be eligible for funding from donors nationwide. 100% of AdoptAClassroom.org donations goes directly to teachers, so they don’t have to spend their own money on supplies. Access tools here: http://clvr.li/10l8zc8 to help promote your involvement and tell others about your classroom’s needs.
So here’s to the hard-working, caring, nurturing and amazing teachers in all of our lives! Be sure to appreciate them in some way this next week!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.