It is Teacher Appreciation Week and I wish every local newspaper would run this column. It's a terrific column worth reading. http://bit.ly/lWFSHc. Meanwhile, here is my letter to ALL teachers and leaders.
Thank you for what you do. I know teaching is particularly hard right now, but know you make a difference everyday. Thank you for smiling at the student who never sees a smile. Thank you for giving a pencil to the student who doesn't have one. Thank you for taking a few extra minutes to help "that" student. Thank you for spending your own money to buy what is needed. Thank you for believing in the student everyone else has given up on. Thank you for having hope, even when things look hopeless. Most of all, thank you for being an educator, and for making a difference for students.