Letter I sent to DPS109 Faculty and Staff – Teacher/Educator Appreciation Week

“It’s exciting to see how fast your kids learn and grow. I’m not too worried about them, particularly the ones who like to break the rules and don’t follow instructions; those are the ones that will do just fine because they know what’s important to them.”
– Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery & Mark Thompson, Success Built to Last

Dear District 109 Teachers and Staff,

I hope that you feel the deep sincerity of these two words: THANK YOU!

Thank you for your dedication to our students. Thank you for the commitment to partnering with parents. Thank you for the early mornings and late nights that you spend preparing and planning, meeting with students and parents and colleagues, or studying and networking to further your own professional development. Thank you for the personal financial investments you have made to create a classroom that truly is a second, loving home for your students this year.

Thank you for your talents, and thank you for your love of the children in our community.

On April 28, the Board of Education’s approved a proclamation declaring Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Teacher Appreciation Day. As a token of our appreciation, the District administration and Board will provide breakfast for all staff (on Tuesday, May 6 at Caruso and Shepard; on Wednesday, May 7 at Kipling, South Park, Walden and Wilmot). You may see a few Board members coming to classrooms to show their appreciation in person this week. We hope that the signs at the school buildings and District Center make you smile – and encourage our students, parents and community members to show their appreciation as well.

If you are a Twitter user or follower you might have noticed a number of #ThankATeacher hashtags and tweets. If you are not a Twitter user or follower, now you know about the national / international reach of the THANK YOU and APPRECIATION so many people wish to say and share about YOU. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an Educational Support Person, an administrator, a school services professional, a special area teacher, YOU ARE APPRECIATED and we are all thankful for the honor and dedication you give to so many.

In our profession it sometimes takes years – or even a lifetime or career – to hear, learn about, receive, or feel “appreciation” that the investment of energy in teaching has paid off. For some it is a note, a letter, an email, a voicemail message, for others it is attending a wedding or significant family / life event of a former student. For us all it is the BELIEF and the HOPE that our selfless and often endless work on behalf of the students and community will “make a difference” or “pay off.”

Well, as your superintendent of schools, as your chief educational officer, I say YES – you all make a difference and you each make a difference. Each and every day and especially in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day and Educator Appreciation Week, on behalf of the Board and the leadership team and the community, I extend a THANK YOU for all you do!

Please continue to Engage, Inspire, Empower each student every day. Enjoy your well deserved acknowledgement and appreciation.

Sincerely,

Mike

Letter I sent to DPS109 Faculty and Staff – Teacher/Educator Appreciation Week

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