Thank you Educators for an Amazing Year
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. ~ Aristotle
Thank you educators, and let me be clear by educators that I mean everyone who works in education. That includes instructors, aides, staff, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, public safety, custodians and on and on. Anyone that connects with students and makes them feel safe and connected to their school is helping that student stay in school, to get educated and better their lives.
It’s been a year, give or take a week or two for most of us to have been working from home due to the COVID 19 pandemic. I taught my first college class in 1986, so I’ve been in this business for a very long time. I’ve worked as a student teacher in junior high and high school, I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a teaching assistant, a research assistant, an academic advisor, a program director, an instructor, an athletic director and a dean. Without a doubt, the past twelve months have been the most challenging time in my career. Likely, for almost all of us, this has been the hardest year we’ll ever face in our careers. Through it all we have persevered, we’ve done our jobs, we’ve created new methods of working, teaching and communicating. We’ve innovated more in this year than in the last ten all together. We did it all for one reason, to help students achieve their goals, to better their lives and the lives of their families for generations to come.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
You will never hear that enough in your career, cherish the times you do. We’re all worn out and looking forward to the hope of better times soon, something more normal certainly what we’ve experienced. But you’ve done a magnificent job over the last year and you deserve all of the gratitude we can offer you. Keep it up, students need you.