Dear parents,

Are you holding on? We are! It’s a wonderful rush to June 8!

On Monday and Tuesday all of our teachers attended a two-day seminar where we learned about our new Bible curriculum starting next year. I can assure you that all the teachers are happy in anticipation of some wonderful advances that this new series will include. The days in seminar felt long but they will be worth the extra time spent by our wonderful teachers as they continue to reflect the grace and love our Jesus in each class, every day.

This week, and next, teachers will be getting a day off to enjoy as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation. It is common all over the US for teachers to be given a small level of appreciation to show how grateful we are for their hard work.
This article came to me just today and I wanted to share it with you. A J Juliana is a blogger on education, she had these thoughts…

Teachers do a lot. In fact, I noticed that in talking with many people they didn’t understand all that goes into teaching. Here’s seven things teachers do that many people don’t ever think about…

1. They plan…a lot
Teachers plan year round (yes, especially in the summer). With an everchanging and almost always new curriculum, standards, and technology…there are always changes to be made when looking at the “big picture” of the school year. However, most of the planning comes during the school year when lessons, activities, and assessments have to be cre- ated…then modified…then tweaked…and then changed again to differentiate within the classroom.

2. They care…
Teachers care like crazy. They want all of our students to be successful and will try anything to get them to feel accom- plished. This can lead to many discussions on “what to do” and hours spent outside of the general “class time” working with students to help them overcome difficulties.

3. They collaborate like musicians
They have shared documents online where notes are filled up throughout the school year and during the summer. Bet- ter yet, online social networks and tools like Twitter have increased this exponentially. Gone are the days of teachers shutting the doors to their classrooms, instead it is open and shared with the world.

4. They take our profession seriously
They spend hours decorating, organizing, and making our classroom a perfect learning environment. We go to confer- ences to connect with other educators throughout the year (and especially in the summer).

5. They are life-long learners
They continue to learn both formally and informally as we grow as professionals. It’s not easy to completely overhaul curriculum and technology and standards, but teachers are doing this time and time again.

6. They do so much more than teach
They coach teams, run school clubs, write curriculum, helped plan after-school events, write college recommendations, help seniors with their graduation projects and so much more.

7. They didn’t get into education for the money.
You won’t find many teachers who got into education to make good money. 

I realize that everyone has had their own good and bad experience with  teachers in their own life. Some have probably been overly positive and I’m sure some have been negative. Despite our daily rush, let us never forget what teachers do every day that goes above and beyond their job responsibilities. We are truly blessed to have such amazing teachers at our school. God has blessed us with Mrs. O Dell, 

Mrs. Baker, and Ms. Dali. Be sure to tell them! 

In Gratitude, 

Stephen Stokes Principal 

Download the full PDF version: Echo, Vol 4, No 17, May 2018