Dear Ms. L, Ms. B, Mr. M, Ms. P, Ms. K; Mr. C, Ms. Barb, Ms. D, Ms. J, Ms. M, Ms. S and well… everyone at my children’s school:
Today is Thank a Teacher Day. A day brought about by the tragedy at Sandy Brook Elementary on Friday, December 14, 2012. Thanking a Teacher is a way of celebrating all those who were lost that day, for recognizing the heroism of the teachers and staff on that day, for recognizing all that you do every day.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not thankful for each and everyone one of you. It is because of you that my son prospers and that my daughter and younger son are eager to be in your school.
Because Ms. L thinks “outside the box” and (as I see it) willingly takes on the resistance to change for the benefit of the special children in her charge. Ms. L, I have never been more thankful for a teacher than I am for you. You are much more than J’s teacher to us. You are our gift. Thank you.
Because Ms. B loves all our special children the way they deserve to be loved. She respects, appreciates and adores them… quirks and all. The love you have for J shines through your smile. Your consistent calm, even, yet boisterous and happy demeanor is a rock for J, and for all of us. Thank you.
Because Mr. M, Ms. P and Ms. K are “new” to our special class but have blended to a point where it almost seems though they’ve been there for years. I see how our children respond to you, how they respect and appreciate you. I see your acceptance and appreciation of them in return. As a parent, it’s invaluable and reassuring to see. Thank you.
Because Mr. C is also “new” to our school but has taken his new responsibilities by the reigns and run. I will never forget that he came to our home to meet J after his surgery; that he brought all our children gifts; that he laughed with us as we played with our kids in ways that many parents probably forget to do. I have appreciated your grounded-ness, your humanness, your ability to see our family as who we are. I couldn’t be happier for your to be the new leader of our children’s school. Thank you.
Because Ms. Barb and Ms. D are the strength that our school relies on. I wonder how many other parents realize this. Not only are you the first ‘faces’ of our school, but you are the ones that keep us parents moving straight, the ones I rely on to tell me what I need to know, when I need to know it. You keep track of everything, take the time to understand every family, get to know every child. What an amazing and overwhelming task that must be, yet you both do it with such finesse. Our school wouldn’t run right without you. Thank you.
Because Ms. J barely has J in her class and for only one year, but like J’s assigned teacher before her (Ms. S), you have welcomed J into your classroom, and into your heart. Thank you for taking the time to visit him in the mornings.
Because Ms. M. is a friend and my daughter’s first experience of a teacher in this school. She has intrigued O, encouraged O, taken on the task of fostering every one of her kindergartner’s love for learning, the school and each other. I never had a doubt that you would be perfect for O and as a teacher. Thank you.
Because Ms. S has simply done a good job of meeting each of her preschooler’s individual needs in eduction, personality and family needs. Thank you.
There are so many more people I could thank. Please know that I appreciate each of you. Each of your strengths, kindness, expertise, love and respect for me, my family, all the families is very much appreciated. I could never thank you enough. I hope this is a start.