Monday, December 17, 2012

Thank A Teacher Today

I had a different post scheduled to go live today. It was going to talk (in-depth) about how stressful life could be when you're raising a kid and trying to climb the career ladder. Because it is.

It's hard.

But, when you look at the bigger picture, it's irrelevant.

Life is stressful. Things happen. But as long as we are alive, we can always work towards getting over it. These crazy life circumstances and stresses are nothing (nothing!) when you compare them to real tragedies, to real misfortunes.

What happened in Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday was a real tragedy.

Today, instead of heading to school with their beautiful children, two families are heading to a funeral for their children, and too many more families are preparing for their children's funerals.

The names of the victims were released by the New York Times yesterday and seeing their names in print made it that much more real for me. 

The children were Aiden's age.

As a parent, I can't even fathom what it must be like. As a former teacher, I can't even fathom how it must feel. As an educator and elementary school administrator, I spent my morning listening to parents' concerns and assuring them that our school building is as safe as possible, that their beautiful children will be okay with us, with their teachers. Today and everyday.

Then, I took action. I thanked the teachers in my building for their grit, their hard work, and their relentless dedication to our scholars and our mission.

It's not an easy job, but I know that every teacher in my school building would have done exactly what Victoria Soto (age 27) did for her students -- protect them at all costs.

So today, join me and hundreds of blogger across the Internet to say, "Thank you." Send a card, draft an email, send flowers. Show your gratitude in some small way because teaching ain't easy.

And you have to love this job in order to do it well.


  1. When I read about the young lady that tried to protect her students is when I really lost it. While I have appreciated and appreciate my daughter's teachers, I have never really thanked them.

    I've never really thanked them for caring, watching, teaching, and rearing my child as it it were their own. We have been blessed with teachers that truly care about my children and I couldn't ask for more.

    Victoria went above and beyond and I could imagine any GOOD teacher would definitely do the same.

  2. This touched my heart. The teachers at my kids school are amazing. They really love my babies and that love makes it easier for me to leave my kids in their care. I'm not sure - scratch that - I know I haven't told them how I really feel about what they do. I'll make sure they know.

  3. I thanked mine today. And I thank YOU for this reminder.

  4. I have a first grader too, and seeing the faces of those sweet little 6 and 7 year old faces on the screen last night was heart breaking. I can't even imagine what these families are going through. I'm so thankful for the wonderful teachers we have in our lives.

  5. As parents we are all horrified at what happened in Sandy Hook. I cannot imagine those parents' pain. I do think teachers would do the same and protect their kids at all costs - and we thank them!

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